9 Best Types of Kitchen Lighting for Homes

For many people, lighting is the last thing considered when designing a kitchen, though it should be one of the first. How we illuminate the kitchen affects the room’s functionality, which involves more than just picking out your favourite fixtures from the lighting store. In a multifunctional space, you need lighting that can accommodate various tasks. You need to consider the task, accent, and ambient lighting in the kitchen.

Here are the nine best types of kitchen lighting for homes:

Type #1: Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting, or general indirect lighting, is the primary source of light in the kitchen. Properly chosen ambient lights will help make the room feel warm and inviting and provide a base layer of light so you can easily move around and work.

Type #2: Task Lighting

Task lighting is used to provide extra light in specific areas that already have some ambient light. This might be the countertops, over the sink or stove, inside the pantry or under the cabinets. This type of lighting ensures that your workspaces are adequately lit and don’t have obstructive shadows that could be potentially dangerous, such as when using a knife.

Type #3: Pot Lights

Pot or recessed lights are excellent for use throughout the kitchen as general lighting. Since concealed in the ceiling, they provide a sleek and sophisticated look while providing ample ambient light. Use one pot light for every four to six square feet of the ceiling to provide even illumination throughout the whole room. Pot light installation is ideal for over countertops, stovetops, and islands.

Type #4: Accent Lighting

Accent lighting can add depth to a room by highlighting a specific item or area. Usually two or three times as bright as the ambient light, accent lights can draw attention to art, objects, or architectural details. These lights are often placed on dimmer switches so that you can control the level of illumination. Popular locations for accent lighting in a kitchen include cabinet interior lights, above cabinet lights and toe kick lighting.

Now that we have covered the basics of lighting your kitchen correctly, let’s look at some types of lights you can choose to fulfil your needs.

Type #5: LED Strip Lights

LED strips are a common choice for task lighting. LED strips offer unbroken, bright white light across a large area. They can be used as under-cupboard lighting to provide illumination for the countertop. They are also an excellent choice for inside the cabinets, especially the lower ones that may not get a lot of ambient light. You can also find circular LED lights that can be used similarly to the strips.

Type #6: Pendant Lights

Pendant lights can contribute to the ambient light or act as task lighting in the kitchen. Pendant lights hang from the ceiling by a chain, cord, or cable. If you have an island or peninsula in your kitchen, pendant lights hung over the top make excellent light sources if you use the area for food prep or dining. They are also popular as focal points in the room’s décor as many stunning options are available on the market.

Type #7: Track Lights

Track lights are a flexible lighting option that can fulfil many roles in the kitchen. They can provide much more brightness than a typical ceiling fixture, and the lights can be positioned to illuminate wherever light is needed. Since they are easy to mount and relocate, you can use them wherever you want in the room. They are commonly used as accent lights or task lights.

Type #8: Flush Mount Lights

Flush and semi-flush mount lights are likely the most common light fixture in your home. They are very popular choices in the kitchen as a source of ambient light. They don’t require a lot of space and are available in many different styles and finishes.

Flush mount fixtures are directly mounted to the ceiling, allowing for greater clearance which may be necessary for a kitchen that does not have exceptionally high ceilings. If your ceiling is high enough to allow a semi-flush mount fixture, they have a slight advantage over flush mounts in the ambient light they provide.

Type #9: Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are an opportunity to blend decor and functionality and add sophistication to any room. In a kitchen, they can be a great way to add extra ambient light or as accent lights, depending on where you decide to place them. Some wall sconces have adjustable arms and dimmer switches, which adds to their versatility since you can adjust the light to suit your purposes.

Kitchens have different lighting needs than most other rooms in your house. Learning how to light your kitchen correctly will help make the room look great and ensure you can complete all your food prep, cooking and entertaining tasks safely and easily.