With the amount of time people spend in the kitchen, and the effect that well-designed lighting can have on how much people enjoy their kitchens, LED kitchen lighting is uniquely positioned to dramatically improve kitchens, and with them people’s homes. The right LED kitchen light can help overcome the difficulties that kitchen lighting presents such as the odd shaped cabinets and appliances that can block ceiling-mounted lighting and the way many kitchens are designed around islands or other abnormal shapes.
Home kitchen lighting includes three distinct types of lighting. Ambient lighting is the most general lighting and tends to include one or more diffused light sources that are intended to fill the entire space and set the mood. Task lighting is used to make it easier to cook and do the other things a kitchen is made for, and usually includes recessed lighting as well as discreet, directional lighting sources placed at a specific height to eliminate shadows that would otherwise make it hard to see. Accent lighting, like ambient lighting, is common throughout the house and usually adds depth by highlighting visual elements of a kitchen, whether that’s a piece of art, seating at the island, or nice dishes. Accent lighting are not strictly necessary but go a long way creating a particular feel in the kitchen.
As with any other interior lighting choices, improving kitchen lighting should begin with the goal. You’ve already considered using LED kitchen lighting, probably for its energy-efficiency and the versatility of common LED light products such as LED strip lights, LED light bars, and LED puck lights. But beyond that, it is important to consider what improvements are needed. To combat shadows on the counters below cabinets, there are several low profile under cabinet LEDs that eliminate this eyesore and serve double duty as task lighting by making it easier to see yourself work in that area. Or if the goal is to generally update the feel of the kitchen to make it seem more lively and exciting, a combination of accent lighting, dynamic task lighting, and some new fixtures can do the trick. By eliminating unwanted shadows, drawing attention to one or two new pieces in the kitchen, and creating minor contrasts where you want them, you can revitalize the space with just small lighting adjustments.
Lastly, be sure you consider how the LED kitchen light will coordinate with natural light during the day, and think about adding LED dimmers to make your lighting more versatile at night. This is especially important if you have a dining room or nook adjoining the kitchen, such as with an open floor plan.
Above all, bear in mind that because many LED kitchen lights are both physically and functionally flexible, you have a wide range of possibilities for how to set up new kitchen lighting to get the most out of the space, so don’t be afraid to think a little creatively when figuring out how to meet your needs and fix the problems in your kitchen.