A well-designed kitchen lighting scheme can be transformative. It can make the room look larger, brighter, and more inviting. And the best part? Better kitchen lighting doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen probably gets the most action. It’s where family and friends gather for intimate conversations, tasty meals, holidays and events. When planning your kitchen lighting scheme, start by considering the various tasks you undertake there, such as preparing dinner, working at the island, family dinners around the table, paying bills, and so on. You can see why getting the right lighting in the right places is important to making your kitchen lighting design a success. With so much going on, you need to incorporate a range of lighting types to create a pleasant environment and maximize the functionality for each of these activities. Here are our five of our top picks:
1. Track lighting: A single overhead fixture provides sufficient light for general cleaning and navigation, but it does a lousy job of casting light inside cabinets, especially in deep and corner units. Track lighting has multiple fixtures that allow you to focus light where you need it. Track lighting fixtures are prominent, so be sure to select a system that complements the look and feel of your kitchen.
2. Cabinet lighting: Illuminating cabinetry is a great way to accentuate the architecture of your home. Installing lighting above your cabinets can showcase items displayed on top of them. And because it draws the eye upward, it makes the room feel more expansive. Below-cabinet lighting is a great help when you’re preparing food or reading recipes. Installing both types of cabinet lighting will completely transform the feel of your kitchen.
3. Recessed lighting: Special recessed light trims, known as ‘eyeballs’ and ‘wall washers’, allow you to direct light where you need it most. These recessed lights are particularly helpful for illuminating the inside of cabinets or specific areas of the countertop.
4. Dimmer switches: Improving kitchen lighting isn’t just about adding more lighting—it’s also about making your existing lighting more flexible. Designers often divide kitchen lighting into three categories: general lighting for overall illumination, task lighting for detailed chores, and accent lighting for setting a mood or illuminating certain focal points. A dimmer switch allows an existing light to serve all three functions. Use your light on its highest setting for food preparation, and then turn it down to enjoy a romantic dinner.
5. Pendant lighting: Whether it’s their artistry or their practicality, everyone loves pendants! These statement-making fixtures allow you to bring the light down to the level of your choice. They’re available in an endless assortment of styles, sizes, colors and materials, so it’s easy to find the perfect fixture to complement your decor. Pendant lights are also a great way to make your kitchen feel more intimate and charming.
At M.R. Electricians, we’re kitchen lighting experts. From helping you discover just the right fixtures and placements, to installing them safely and professionally, you can rely on us. to make your kitchen its most radiant and appealing.
About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at or call 301.871.0477.