Lighting kitchens right

You may have the best-designed kitchen layout in the world, but if it’s poorly lit, you won’t enjoy working in the space. So when we came across a great set of tips for properly lighting kitchens in Consumer Reports’ most recent Kitchen Planning & Buying Guide, we knew we wanted to pass along this information to our readers.

Good lighting is all the more critical in today’s busy kitchens, which can host activities from cooking to crafting to paying household bills. With this in mind, three types of illumination combined are necessary for function and effect.

  • Ambient (or general) – This type of lighting provides the overall illumination for a room. Good ambient lighting is bright but not glaring, and it can come from ceiling fixtures, pendants and chandeliers and wall-mounted fixtures.
A chandelier, like this one from our Clayton collection, is a great way to add ambient lighting to a kitchen.
  • Task – Task lighting is focused directly on a specific area where activities such as food prep, cleanup or reading take place. This kind of illumination can come from pendant, undercabinet, recessed or track fixtures.
Progress Lighting's LED undercanbinet fixture is ideal for task lighting, and also offers energy saving benefits.
  • Accent – This kind of lighting adds visual interest to a room by accentuating specific design elements, such as artwork, architectural details or items displayed on shelves. It’s typically provided by wall-mounted lights or pendants and should be significantly brighter than the ambient lighting surrounding it.
Provide accent lighting over a kitchen island by adding one or more pendants over the area - like these from our Bay Court collection.

Do you have ambient, task and accent lighting in your kitchen? What types of illumination would you like to add to this space in your home?

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