Kitchen Lighting Design
With the right fixtures in the right places, you can create anything from a soft glow to clear task lighting.
Synopsis: According to writer Matthew Teague, layers are the secret to effective kitchen lighting. A well-lit kitchen has a mix of direct (sconces, pendants, chandeliers) and indirect (undercabinet, cove) lighting . Teague offers a shorthand guide to the four ways to light a kitchen (with ambient, task, decorative, and accent lighting) and also provides examples of fixtures on the market today, including recessed lights, undercabinet lighting, pendants, chandeliers, flexible track fixtures, and wall sconces. He doesn’t skip the topic of energy-efficient lighting either.
With open floor plans, personalized storage and appliance options, designated workstations and social areas, even offices and kid zones, the kitchen has evolved. As such, a single, surface-mount light fixture centered in the kitchen ceiling is no longer sufficient. The truth is, it never was.
Fortunately, there has been progress in kitchen lighting as well, in both fixtures and design. Because no one fixture can provide the…