By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Lighting. At Tuesday, January 01st 2019, 10:58:19 AM.
If your kitchen has open shelves, add LED strip lights or puck lights to the back or underneath the shelves. This will create light to highlight objects on the shelves. When choosing your fixtures, think about the color of your kitchen. Since white reflects light, if you have a lot of white in your kitchen you may be able to lower the wattage of bulbs. But those with darker kitchen lighting may need more wattage.
For spacing, there should be 30 to 32 inches of space between an islands counter and the fixture’s lowest-hanging point, as in this kitchen featuring Hollis 4-Light Pendants. Multiply the square footage of the countertop area by 2.5 to determine how many watts of incandescent light you will need. Shown is a grouping of Wadsworth Semi Flushmounts.
Have a space that’s always dark, such as the back of a cabinet or pantry? Install a motion sensor that will activate a puck or LED light when the door is opened. This will help you find that pot you need, or that spice that’s hard to see in the dark cabinet. If you have recessed can lights and want an update, try recessed can converters, which are as easy as screwing in a lightbulb. This will allow you to add stylish pendants for a simple kitchen lighting makeover.
Pendant lights are a popular option plus for good reason. You can hang these lights just about anywhere above the island and as long as you have them at the right height, you won't knock your head into them while you're working.