Lighting is an important aspect of any room in your home, and your kitchen is no different. Proper kitchen lighting can make your space look great and help you complete your cooking tasks. For many rooms, a single fixture is enough light for the entire space, but kitchens differ. You may need multiple light sources for your kitchen space.
What type of lighting should you have in your kitchen
First, general lighting, also known as ambient lighting, offers the most light in a room. It usually provides illumination throughout an entire space. It also bounces off the walls to illuminate the space as much as possible. Usually, rooms have a combination of light fixtures that provide ambient light and windows and glass doors that offer natural light.
Another must-have for your kitchen space is task lighting. Task lighting is provided to increase light for a specific task in a room with ambient light. Task lighting helps you see small objects or objects with low contrast, and it is great for tasks that require more accuracy. You can add task lighting to your cabinets, under-cabinet area, and prep stations.
Finally, there is accent lighting. Accent lighting is not a necessity in your kitchen, but it can be nice to add if you have spaces that you would like to highlight. Accent lighting is largely decorative and designed to complement things in the room. For a small kitchen, accent lighting can make the kitchen look bigger and double as task lighting, depending on where it’s placed. For example, under-cabinet lighting can be both task lighting and accent lighting.
With three types of lighting, a well-lit kitchen may possess all three. Of course, most kitchens have general lighting, and if you have spaces that need extra illumination, you may be utilizing task lighting or accent lighting. If you are interested in adding or remodeling the lighting in your kitchen, you can contact Next Step Kitchens to help install or change light fixtures.