Kitchen Lighting Ideas and Guide

Welcome to Kitchen Lighting Ideas and Guide, a how to do a contemporary kitchen lighting design, and installation web site.

A good kitchen lighting design can dramatically change the look, and function of a kitchen. The cost of a little extra in lighting fixtures compared to the other costs associated with remodeling a kitchen are not that much. A grandiose effect through the different layers of light is not a difficult design task. Conversely a bad lighting layout can make a beautiful kitchen look uneventful.

The Kitchen lighting design plan can be divided into three types of uses: Task lighting, General room lighting, and Design or Accent lighting. Visit the Kitchen Lighting Design Layout page for a detailed guide to planning a layout.

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Task lighting consists of pendants, under cabinet lighting, and sometimes monorail or track lighting. This area of kitchen lighting localizes light where people will be working. Task lighting is functional by nature, but can get very decorative, and expensive with Italian hand blown glass pendents. Task lighting is sometimes over looked, and the general room lighting expected to cover task lighting, but this would be a mistake.

General room lighting consists of recessed cans, surface lighting, Monorail or track lighting, and sometimes large Pendants, or chandeliers. This section of kitchen lighting is the light you switch on when you come into a room. General lighting bathes the room in light for all activities. There should be enough general lighting to provide a bright atmosphere after sun down, but not be overwhelming.

Design or accent lighting consists of over and inside cabinet, and picture lighting. Accents are usually small, and not overly bright. Accent Lighting are the puck, and disk lights, as well as LED tape or Rope. The different types of lighting will be gone over in detail on their specific fixture type pages.

For a details on fixtures Visit the Lighting Fixture Guide pages.

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Using All these types of lighting in concert is the key a good design. By using efficient bulbs, only having all the lights on during times of use, and having most lighting on dimmers you can still maintain a green lighting stance.

When installing the rough wiring for your kitchen try to put all the different types of lights on their own switch, and dimmer. This gives full control over the look at different times of the day or night, and allows for conservation when needed.

The different choices of type of bulb can be confusing, which bulbs are best xenon vs halogen vs led vs fluorescent. The light bulb page will go in to the different types of bulbs and voltages. LED is the new efficient kid in town and is making it's way into all the fixture types.

The Installing Under Cabinet Lighting page is a step by step how to guide for installing under cabinet lights. Always follow the manufacturers recommendations for installation, and have a licensed electrician do the rough wiring. Figuring the connections in a cabinet lighting plan that combines under, inside and over fixtures can get complex, and it is advised that an experienced designer, or electrician help in the power layout. Using the same manufacturer for the different type cabinet lights it is sometimes possible to run the accent, and under cabinet lights off a shared transformer. Kichler lighting has a system that allows combinations of fixtures.

If you go in the direction of low voltage under, over, or inside cabinets keep in mind that sometimes the transformer will need to be hidden somewhere inside or over the cabinets. Low voltage wire is not supposed to be hidden in the wall. In order to get the rough wiring correct the lighting plan has to be completely thought out ahead of time, and the exact fixtures picked out for the needed specs.

For lighting ideas in the bathroom visit the web site Bathrooms Design ideas. compared to the kitchen, bathrooms are a lot easier.

I hope this guide is helpful in figuring out your kitchen lighting plan in a functional and beautiful way.

Thank you!

Max Wall


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