Kitchen lighting for overall illumination and kitchen track lighting for accent features
Overhead kitchen track lighting and under the cabinet lighting seem to be the most popular additions to kitchen lighting. These systems help create a look and feel of ambiance while illuminating the food preparation area.
It’s still a great idea to have overhead lighting as the main source for illumination, but modern homes now use task lighting and accent lighting along with main lighting.
Also, a big part of the modern mindset is to conserve energy. The older fluorescent lights in kitchens used a lot of electricity compared to the low-voltage options we use today.
Many of the track lights and flex lighting systems are low voltage halogen bulbs that give off a fair amount of light, yet use very little electricity.
Kitchens need to be well lit, especially over the range, above food preparation counters, and over sinks. These are the areas where regular voltage bulbs should be used unless you can find a high output bulb that uses low voltage.
Many people still design the main kitchen lights as the big bundle of fluorescent lights on the ceiling.
This mentality is changing though. I’m seeing many new homes install smaller recessed lights in the ceiling as the main kitchen lights. This makes sense because most of the time, we’re going in and out of the kitchen to grab a soda or snacks. Only a small amount of time is actually spent cooking in our kitchens.
When we’re cooking, then we can turn on the brighter lights to see better.
It’s also a great idea to install low voltage lights either under the cabinets, over the cabinets, or both so you can leave them on during the night and have adequate lighting without using a lot of energy.
To illuminate a certain area in the kitchen we can use recessed lights, kitchen-track-lighting, or incandescent lights.
Recessed lights are currently the most popular throughout most areas of new homes. A recessed light fixture over a kitchen sink, an oven/range, or a counter top can give the perfect amount of additional light.
New kitchen track lighting helps illuminate a more specialized area and the lights are usually adjustable. These are available in both regular voltage and low voltage depending on the need.
Incandescent lights are a general method of lighting with many style options and usually a lower price.
These can be placed at the bottom of cabinets to illuminate the floor area and they can be used on top of cabinets to illuminate the ceiling for a soft glow.
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