By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Lighting. At Sunday, January 20th 2019, 10:31:35 AM.
Interior designers will be the first to tell you that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, lighting works best when it’s used in layers. There are three main types of indoor lighting to consider and, ideally, each room will include all of them. They are: Ambient: Also known as general lighting, ambient light fills the majority of the room and allows you to move around safely. It usually comes from recessed lighting, track lighting or wall-mounted fixtures.
Starting in the 1980s, recessed light fixtures became the norm for general kitchen lighting. But within the last ten years, this has started to change as people realized that the combination of the ceiling penetrations and the greater number of fixtures needed make this type of lighting potentially less efficient than either surface or pendant fixtures. Two trends have emerged since then. One is that the manufacturers have been redesigning recessed fixtures to be much more efficient.
When considering your main overhead kitchen lighting options, light designers say there is such a thing as too much. Try to keep to one main bold piece, or two to three pendants over an area. Competing hanging fixtures can make a kitchen look cluttered. And if more lighting is needed for work spaces, try affordable track lighting or under-cabinet lights.