Many homeowners forget to plan for new lighting fixtures when renovating kitchens, especially if their space already has a lot of natural light. The last thing you want is for light so dim it’s hard to see what you’re chopping or to bump your head on a pendant light that’s hung too low.
Choose appropriate kitchen lights for each of these three categories: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
Ambient lighting will be your brightest and most illuminating set of lights in your kitchen. You would typically turn these on when you need to see all details of your kitchen, like when you’re cleaning or prepping food. Typically ambient lights are set in your ceiling and can be flush mount or recessed lights.
Tasking lighting is meant for illuminating your counter or stove top for detailed tasks. You can install linear track lighting on the ceiling (usually over a bar or island), undercabinet lights to focus on your countertops, or hood range lights over your stove.
Accent lighting should be installed to compliment the ambient lighting you install. Pendant lights are the most popular today, but you can also find wall sconces and chandeliers. Here are some tips for properly hanging pendant lights. For standard eight-foot ceilings, you should hang your pendant lights between 10 and 12 inches below the ceiling plane. Add about three inches to your pendant light for each foot taller your ceiling is so it’s not awkwardly hung from the ceiling.