The Perfect Recipe for Kitchen Lighting

According to the American Lighting Association, today’s kitchen is the center of family activity and the modern home’s busiest room. It is often used as a work area, dining space or a gathering place for family and friends. When it comes to lighting, requirements depend on the size and complexity of the kitchen space.

General kitchen lighting can be achieved with either recessed lighting or a central, decorative chandelier.

  • Recessed lighting is best placed around the perimeter of the room and approximately 30″ away from the wall.
  • Chandeliers can be used in addition to other lighting in the space. In the kitchen, it is best to use chandeliers with semi-transparent glass shades instead of fabric shades because the glass is much easier to clean.
Progress Lighting's Alexa chandelier provides a central lighting source, featuring patterned, etched glass that creates a relaxing feel.

Undercabinet lighting will quickly and easily illuminate your countertops.

  • Place undercabinet fixtures at the front of your cabinet – not against the wall – so the light will be distributed evenly over the area below.
With Progress Lighting's under cabinet options, homeowners have the freedom to create special mood lighting as well as task or indirect lighting by strategically placing lamps under cabinets.

Over the sink or range, recessed downlights assure even illumination. Install them to create adequate task lighting for cooking, baking and scouring pots and pans.

Paired with Progress Lightings Bay Court pendants, this kitchen area is well-lit with recessed downlights that allow for a variety of activities.

Lighting over the kitchen table is multipurpose – used for dining, homework, hobbies or family business.

A decorative fixture, such as Progress Lighting's Clayton chandelier, will provide sufficient task lighting while also adding a touch of style and personality to your space.

Island counters and breakfast bars demand a combination of task and general lighting. A very good solution is to add a group of miniature pendants.

In general, you should install one pendant for every two feet of counter space and try to use an odd number of pendants to create better balance. Featured pendants: Fresnel by Progress Lighting.

Source: American Lighting Association, Kitchen Lighting,

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