High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Kitchen

Because it caters to so many different activities, kitchen lighting tends to be more complex than other rooms of the home. Lighting is needed for food preparation, family gatherings or finishing homework, which often requires ambient lighting to also serve as task lighting. Key areas that need to be properly lit are the counters, including sinks and appliances. It is important to take note of the three types of lighting applications to ensure your kitchen is illuminated for quality and functionality.

  • Direct lighting– This design provides simple, efficient direct illumination. A high level flood of light throughout the room provides task lighting for countertops, peninsulas or additional tables.
  • Recessed lighting– Recessed lighting should be installed directly above the front edge of the countertop to provide ample counter illumination and light into the interior of cabinets. Additional downlights should be added for general lighting, and undercabinet lights can be installed for better counter lighting and to reduce shadows. Pendants may be substituted for recessed downlights over peninsula counters, free standing counters or additional tables.
  • Indirect lighting– Primarily, indirect designs involve cove and undercabinet lighting in order to provide task, as well as ambient lighting, for the room.

Which of these HPL designs below would best fit your kitchen space?

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