Lighting In Three Layers: Your Guide To Comprehensive Kitchen Illumination

Kitchen Lighting Ideas from Reico. Lighting in layers.

Never underestimate the importance of lighting for your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking, eating, cleaning, or organizing, you will need plenty of light in the right places. Otherwise, you risk misplacing key items or leaving crumbs and liquids lying on the counter, where they can attract bugs and germs.

It’s not hard to see why lighting matters. But if you’re like most homeowners, you probably do not fully understand how to illuminate your kitchen effectively. You can only do this if you have three layers of lighting, namely:

1. General Lighting

The simplest form of illumination for your kitchen or any other room, general lighting is any lighting that spreads through the entire space. Ceiling lights and any elevated, overhanging lamps provide this lighting, as can windows during the day. General lighting is essential if you want to move around the room safely and find items quickly.

While general lighting is usually easy to set up, you should make sure that such lights are truly illuminating the entire room. If there are any dark or dim spots, try rearranging your lights or adding new ones to fill them in. You should also replace incandescent or CFL bulbs with LED ones, as they provide more light while using less energy. These steps ensure that you have all the light you need to navigate your kitchen, day or night.

2. Task Lighting

Task lighting is lighting that illuminates particular activities. It is a must for any part of the kitchen where you will be cutting food, working with flames, or doing anything else that is difficult or dangerous in the dark. The specific area where you do this will vary based on your habits and the layout of your kitchen. Every kitchen needs to have task lights above the stove, and you will really appreciate having them below your wall cabinets as well.

3. Accent Lighting

Whether you use marble, granite, tile, or wood, you want the beautiful materials and designs of your kitchen to stand out and catch the eye. Accent lighting illuminates these features, enhancing the beauty of the entire room. You can establish clear accent lighting by hanging small pendants in key places around the kitchen, thereby calling attention to the most important features.

The most effective kitchen designs use accent lighting to complement the other two types of lighting, making your kitchen more beautiful in the process. If your general lighting does not fully extend to certain areas of the kitchen, you should provide as much accent lighting as possible in those areas. Likewise, arrange task lighting to bring out particularly stunning parts of your countertops, wall tiles, or any other focal points in your kitchen. This way, you can enjoy their beauty while working with all of the light you need.


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