Planning a kitchen remodel offers the perfect opportunity to re-think your lighting situation. Having one overhead fixture on the ceiling may have worked in the past, as long as you used enough high-watt bulbs, but now you can place a variety of lighting modules wherever they serve you best and save energy in the bargain. With the rapidly expanding LED bulb technology, you can now illuminate all areas of your kitchen with far less heat and electrical usage, a perfect combination for the vibrant heart of the home. Consider these three lighting features that you'll love in your new kitchen.
1. Stylish Pendants
Kitchen islands seem to be where most of the action takes place, especially if you locate your cook top, sink and seating there. Pendants not only shed intimate light on the activity, but you can also assign them the duty of defining your kitchen's style. With an endless array of pendants available on the market, you enjoy plenty of options for crafting exactly the right look for your kitchen around your overhead fixtures.
Do you prefer one large chandelier? How would several smaller lights hanging at different lengths glamorize the kitchen? Before you select your cabinets and appliances, you may want to seek out pendant lighting first and design out from there.
2. Under Cabinet Lighting
Once upon a time, adding lights under the cabinets required fluorescent fixtures to avoid the heat of incandescents. Usually, the counters remained in the shadows. Now, though, LED strip lighting, nicely concealed below the cabinets, brightens up your cooking adventures with virtually no heat at all. As a bonus, you no longer subject your eyes to the straining qualities of fluorescent light. Once the meal is over and the kitchen cleaned, you can leave some of the under cabinet lights lit for mood or night light duty.
3. Recessed Ceiling Lights
Between the hanging and under cabinet lights, which have inherent restrictions in the amount of illumination they can comfortably shed, you'll probably require some unobtrusive general lighting to round out your kitchen scene. Recessed ceiling fixtures work very well for this job. Install lights along the perimeter of the cabinetry or strategically placed on the ceiling to help lighten the space.
Alternatively, if you leave space between the tops of the cabinets and the ceiling, you can install upward-pointing track lighting that washes the ceiling and reflects downward into the room.
While recessed lighting may not add a decorative element to the kitchen, by obscuring the bulbs, you gain all the extra light needed without adding any glare.
If you're just starting your kitchen remodeling project, you'll love our design tool. With this handy feature on our site, you can get a feel for how different design elements would look in your new kitchen. Then, to schedule a free consultation, contact us at Kitchen Tune-Up today.