Home Lighting: A Few Design Tips For Your Kitchen

If your kitchen is lit properly, you’ll get the best out of your countertops, cabinets, food and the general atmosphere will be boosted. To get the best design for your kitchen lighting, here is our guide for you.

Before, when people are doing their kitchen lighting, they simply incorporate a ceiling fluorescent fixture and call it quits. Nowadays however, homeowners are starting to realize that it is essential to have a good kitchen lighting design, just like rollout shelves and sufficient counter space.

The Research Institute for Kitchen and Cooking Intelligence recently reported that LED lighting has gradually become an important part of kitchen lighting in most homes. The first thing to do is to use LED lights for your kitchen. You should also keep in mind that the light should be in layers so as to create a welcoming and warm feeling in your kitchen while also providing good task lighting. In order to do that, there is a need to use several kinds of lights. Try to use the lights mentioned below.



Recessed Lights
Normally, the total cost for installing these lights is about $178 while a single bulb costs $2.8. These types of lights are recessed into the ceiling of your kitchen. Task lighting is casted onto the countertops, sinks, built-in pantries and kitchen islands. If the lights are placed around the room's perimeter, you'll be able to prevent your shadow from blocking the light when you stand near the islands and counters.

This type of lighting will also make your kitchen cabinetry look beautiful. Also, recessed lights will highlight dark corners that can't be reached by other lights. For every 5 to 7 feet of your kitchen ceiling space, it is advisable you install one recessed light. If you want to get the best effect, try to use recessed lights with wide angle in combination with lights with narrow beam.

However, don't go crazy with this. There is no need to focus recessed lights on the gourmet stove as range hoods usually come with their own built-in lights. Carly Reiter, an interior designer in North Carolina says, "If you have a 48-inch home refrigerator, there is no need to install three recessed lights above it, when you only need to open the machine's door to get light."

Over-Cabinet Lights

Generally, these types of lights are more about mood and style, and less about actual function. The installation of over-cabinet lights usually cost about $200 to $300 for 16 feet run. These lights should be mounted on the top of the kitchen cabinets where displays can be illuminated and a warm light can be spread on ceilings and walls.


If efficient LED lights are used, you’ll be able to keep the light on all through the night and your way will be lit when you go for late-night snacks. Per year, this will only cost about $3.“These lights don’t get too hot,” says Jack Van Dyke, interior designer at Labyrinth Designs, manufacturers of kitchen cabinet lighting. “You can the kitchen light on all night, it’ll only give the room a soft, nice glow.”

Under-Cabinet Lights

These lights were once seen as a kitchen luxury but they are now an essential task lighting that shed bright light on countertops. The key to it is hiding the lights just behind the wall cabinets’ edge, so you won’t see the fixture but only the light. For maximum task lighting, try to incorporate the lights in the cabinet’s front third. Place the lights further in the back if you want to create a nice backlash. For under-cabinet lighting, there are many kinds of bulbs available for use. Some of them are:

LED lights strip. They stick onto kitchen cabinets and they have gained widespread popularity because they can be installed easily and are energy efficient. The price for a 16-feet roll is $40.


The most budget-friendly kitchen lighting is fluorescent fixtures. A 23-inch fixture costs $22. They create a glow that’s bluish. Xenon and Halogen gives off a bright light. They can however burn hot and they usually cost double the amount of fluorescents. These LED light strips should be placed on top of the toe kicks of your main cabinets. Try to use these lights in conjunction with a motion sensor so as to get a nice, warm glow whenever anyone into your kitchen.

Pendant Lights

These lights work best in kitchen that have high ceilings to provide visual and light interest. The installation of pendants usually cost about $195 to $338. Select a pendant light that sheds light in every direction to boost ambient lighting. You can also choose one that comes with a good shade that focuses the light down so as to enhance task lighting. You can create an open atmosphere in your kitchen by installing small pendants. You could also go for bigger ones if you want to make a great decorative statement and highlight the food preparation area of bigger kitchens. Several pendants can be hanged at a similar height, or you can create a nice visual effect by staggering their heights.

Ceiling Fixtures

They were once the main highlight of kitchen lighting. They are attached to a stem and are installed onto or near the ceiling. The average cost of the installation is $127-$270. The lighting they provide is general and they are commonly used in small kitchens. Before, fluorescent bulbs were the main lights used for kitchen ceiling fixtures because they are energy-efficient. The problem was the bluish light they give off. The popular choice now is LED lamps because of the warmer light they provide.


It provides bright and free light that brings the true colors in your countertops and cabinets out. If the daylight you get is not enough, try to install solar tubes or skylights. You can also create windows by sacrificing wall cabinets.