As the most visited, worked in and important part of the house, the kitchen should have the most lighting. Since kitchens come in all different in sizes and arrangements, considering lighting for your individual space is important. When remodeling your kitchen, you should give thought to lighting for counter tops, sinks, island and the dinner table. We recommend that for every 100 square feet, you use two light bulbs. For 250 square feet and more, we recommend using at least four bulbs.
Below are tips to help you achieve the best lighting for every area of your kitchen and get the kitchen of your dreams.
There can be a wide range of emotions experienced around the dinner table, so we suggest you choose versatile lighting for this area. A chandelier with a down light is most ideal because of its versatility. This style gives you freedom to set a romantic mood or a lively mood, keeping the area well lit for a family dinner. If chandeliers are not your style, any single light fixture with down light options works well for smaller dining areas. For a more grand dinner table, two chandeliers work well or two to three single lights. This arrangement will keep the entire table well lit for a great dinning experience.
Counters and Underneath Cabinets
It is important for counters to be well lit because these are the main work areas. Single lights following the counter top path will help concentrate light in these areas making it easier to see your work. Filling every two to three feet under cabinet overhangs with recessed light is the most efficient formula to properly light your counter space. We recommend LED lights for this purpose because they are energy efficient. This way, you can have a beautifully lit kitchen counter while saving money.
Kitchen Islands and Bar
Display areas and work areas are the two main functions of a kitchen island or bar. It is important to have concentrated lighting in those areas. The size of the bar or island plays a part in how many single lights, such as pendant lighting, you should add. A smaller island would use one to two pendant lights. Pendant lighting over an island is key to making that part of the kitchen stand out beautifully.