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Kitchen Lighting Overview
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Hands down, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms of your house.
It is the center of communication, food preparing, dining and family
gatherings. Selecting the right lighting will enhance your
experience, making it a comfortable living space. Kitchen lighting
can be easy and affordable, all while giving you the opportunity to
set the tone of the family's favorite domain.
There are several areas of the kitchen that need special lighting
fixtures. The fixture you select and where you decide to place it,
will contribute the overall appeal of your visual senses. Not to
mention the practical functions of light. The amount of lighting
fixtures will depend on the size of your kitchen. Smaller kitchens
may only require one main or central fixture. Larger kitchens may
need other fixtures to accent the room.
If your kitchen is fairly small and you are looking to save some
money, surface florescent fixtures provide the best light at the
lowest cost. Florescent fixtures work best for general lighting of
the kitchen. They will offer more illumination then your average
bulb fixture. However, if your kitchen requires a certain amount of
task lighting for areas around the sink and cabinets, it is a good
idea to attach single tube florescent fixtures to your cabinets.
Also, you may want to try using recessed down lights.
Another area that often requires task lighting includes the
multifunctional kitchen table. It is suggested to use to a fixture
that operates with a dimmer control for the area directly above your
kitchen table. The ability to adjust the amount of light reflecting
off of this area will make doing the usual tasks, such as homework
and dining, much more comfortable. Dimmers not only help set the
tone, but they conserve energy but allowing you to lower the amount
of voltage being used. Also, you can choose a personal design for
your decorative lighting pendent. There are many custom designs to
select from, with unique dimming functions.
If you are interested in accenting your kitchen more, there are
picture lights, wall sconces, and track lighting fixtures that you
can add. Accent lighting can be used to capture paintings, drapery,
and house plants. There are many ways to get creative with your
lighting schemes, bringing out the best of your living space.
Special techniques and fixtures for indirect lighting can also be
used hide certain areas and spot light others.
Kitchen lighting can be simple and affordable, but knowing the best
way to approach the situation can often be tricky. If you need some
help with the design of your kitchen lighting, don't hesitate to
seek professional guidance. You will be extremely happy knowing that
the job is getting done fast, efficiently, and affordably.