The kitchen — the single most seen and used room in the entire house.
Not only do we read recipes and cook in them, we hang out with friends and family, eat, read, even do office work all in our kitchens.
So why is it, then, that the one space that gets the most use and needs the best lighting (for safety as much as other reasons) often has the worse lighting in the entire house?
If this is your kitchen, don’t worry – implementing better kitchen lighting design does not require an entire remodel and an abundance of funds. Often, simply adding or changing out some kitchen lighting fixtures is enough to do the trick for a better lighting to cook, read, socialize, and mid-night-snack by.
If you’re ready for a better lit kitchen, here are 3 kitchen lighting ideas for you to try:
1. Track Lighting
One of the biggest yet most common mistakes we make with our kitchen lighting is to have one, centrally placed overhead source of light.
The result is awkward shadows cast everywhere, including where you are trying to chop and read, and many areas of the kitchen and cabinets that are difficult to see in. It also means a bright glare from the source itself, and a nasty wake-up call when you’re just trying to grab a glass of water or midnight snack late at night.
One easy way to change this is by switching out the central fixture with track lighting, which has multiple fixtures and a variety of connectors and shapes so that you can focus light in specific areas, as well as spread it evenly throughout the kitchen.
You can simply use your central fixtures electrical box, select your bulb preference (they come in fluorescent, incandescent, and both high- and low-voltage halogen options), and choose and create the best configuration for your kitchen using L-, T-, and X-shaped connectors. You can angle the lights so that light will hit your work space, instead of coming from behind you, as well as the nooks and crannies of cabinets and pantries.
2. Add Layers
Even if you use track lighting, however, it is important to use more than just one layer of lighting. Overhead lighting is great and necessary for providing general light to the entire kitchen, but you need to add layers to help create more lighting options for both higher function and greater atmosphere.
One fantastic way to add another layer of lighting is to install under cabinet lighting, which is ideal for lighting up your work spaces. Your body will never again get in between the light you need and the chopping block or recipe you’re trying to read.
Another layer you can add to create a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere is ambient lighting. The glow of ambient lighting makes all feel cozy, and it also works to lessen the shadows and spread a soft, warm light throughout the whole kitchen. If you have cabinets that do not reach the ceiling, you can use that space to install some ambient light.
Ultimately, it’s about both getting creative and being practical, and this means a variety of light types placed throughout the kitchen.
3. Have Dimming Options
The final kitchen lighting idea is to add dimmer switches and lights. This will allow you to adjust the lighting that you have to suit the activity and mood at hand.
If you’re in the middle of chopping those veggies, have those lights on bright. Enjoying after-dinner conversation? You can tone the lights down a little. Stumbling in from bed to sneak a snack or grab a drink? Just ease the switch up to give yourself enough light to see what you’re doing without blinding yourself.
Get Your Kitchen Lighting Supplies Here
If you’re ready to implement these tips for a better lit kitchen, contact us at Grand Canyon Home Supply today. We’ll be happy to discuss our wide variety of kitchen lighting solutions and fixtures. And, if you’re not sure what you need or want, ask one of our experts to discuss kitchen lighting design for your specific space.
Contact us today to learn more!