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Kitchen Lighting Suggestions

Here's some kitchen lighting suggestions for brightening up your room. The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place where we gather to prepare and eat meals as well as chat, do homework and even pay bills. It stands to reason that we would want to have adequate lighting for all these tasks and that central ceiling light just doesn't cut it.

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Our kitchen lighting suggestions include specific lighting for tables, eat in counters and task areas. Each of these areas needs a different kind of lighting if you want your kitchen to be effective for work, eat and play. Many older kitchens has only 1 light in the middle of the ceiling and perhaps a light over the sink, but today there are many more choices.

Table Lighting
Table lighting should include an overhead light like a chandelier, ceiling fans or just a plain ceiling fixture. You can choose anything that goes with your décor but make sure it can put out enough light so that you can see your meal. One of our kitchen lighting suggestions for this area is to put the light on a dimmer switch so you can tone down the amount of light for quite cozy and romantic dinners.

Counter Eating Area
Counter eating areas are usually on an island or an L part of the counter. The best lighting for this area is to have a row of pendant lights hanging down at even intervals along the eating area. This will focus enough light onto each section and not have a big glare of light in the middle and darkness on the edges. Plus pendant lights look neat and you can get pretty much any style you want.

Task Areas
Some kitchen lighting suggestions for task areas include recessed lighting, track lighting and under cabinet lighting. Any of these kinds would work - make sure your track and recessed lighting is turned to focus on your specific work areas. Make sure the lighting is bright enough so you can see what you are doing while preparing food.

Accent Lighting
You can add accent lighting to highlight a focal point in your kitchen. Some suggestions for accent lighting include having a lamp that accents your décor on a nice table with a plant or focusing light from a recessed or track lighting on a focal point in your decorating scheme like a neat feature of the room, or a painting or print, or a piece of furniture or decoration that is special. Try using small little lights like the white Christmas lights to highlight a plant. This type of lighting is not functional so use it as part of your décor without worrying about if it is too bright or too dim.

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