Pro Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen

When you think of things that you need for a kitchen, some things are more obvious than others.  You could be thinking of the sink. An oven. Cabinets. A countertop. More Cabinets. Maybe even food....wait, that’s because you are hungry.  Where was I?  Oh yes, what you need for a kitchen.  Safe to say, for most people the first thing that comes to mind might not be kitchen lighting. But if you had a kitchen without lights, you would have a very hard time doing anything at all.


Lighting options for the kitchen are constantly changing, evolving, and getting consistent technology upgrades. When you are upgrading your kitchen lighting, it is important to have a grasp on all of the key concepts. Once you have locked those down, you can take some pro lighting tips and apply them to your own renovations.


Lighting Tips for Your Kitchen

Before you renovate, check out some basic facts about the different kinds of kitchen lighting you should be considering.


LED Lamps

LED is short for light-emitting diode - bet you just learned something new!  Regardless, this type of light operates by using electrical currents that pass through a microchip, where extra heat is absorbed in a device called a heat sink. They typically offer 90% greater, more effective functionality than incandescent light bulbs.


Because LEDs are directional light sources, they focus on emitting light in one specific direction. For comparison, its’ incandescent light counterpart emits light in all directions. LEDs offer integration into more applications than traditional lighting because of their upgraded connectivity with newer technology.


LEDs can come in various forms. These include:

  • LED Bulbs: LED bulbs are comparable to your traditional light bulbs, but much more energy efficient.
  • LED Pucks: LED pucks are literally shaped just like the hockey version you are imagining, and can be added into cabinets to add visibility inside of and around the area. 
  • LED Tape Lighting: LED tapes literally look like they’ve been applied to a strip of tape. They can be easily applied to different areas of the kitchen or any space with an easy stick-on application.
  • Recessed LED Lighting: Consider recessed LED lighting for your kitchen, which can come pre-assembled to add into overhead lighting.


Getting Your Lighting Just Right

Light from lamps is measured by lumens, and the output amount depends on the wattage of the lamp. The colors that these lights emit are measured by correlated color temperature (CCT) and color rendering index (CRI.)


CCT is measured by the color that the lamp illuminates in terms of warmness or coolness, denoted by Kelvin. When the color temperature is 3000K or lower, the source of the light is considered warm in appearance. The light will appear white or yellow in this case, and is perfect when you are going for a warm, inviting kitchen look. When the color temperature is higher than 3000K the light source will have more of blue color, and can be incorporated into a modern kitchen.


CRI is a slightly more complicated measuring system. It describes the effect that the light has on objects that it bounces off of. 100 is the maximum a CRI can be, and refers to how natural the object looks when the light touches it. To understand CRI more in depth, visit here for more information.


Now that you have a feel and understanding of some basics of lighting, it is time to take this new knowledge and apply it to your kitchen remodel:

  • Keep it Standard: When you are mixing and matching different types of lamps, use ones that have the same CCT rating. It will allow you to  keep the lighting throughout your kitchen more even in color and appearance.
  • Types of Lamps: The best color in your kitchen has historically been lamps with a CCT of 2700 to 3500. In CRI terms, try for a CRI rating of 8 or higher, which is considered the level that produces the most natural lighting.
  • Think about Reflections: Your kitchen is full of different textures and surfaces. Think of the different ways that your light will bounce off these different areas. For example, your countertop will likely reflect light much more strongly than your cupboards, which will absorb it. If you have dark countertops or a darker colored kitchen, you might consider brighter lighting for the space.
  • Keep Height in Mind: Your kitchen counter should have about 30 to 32 inches between its surface and the lowest light fixture in your kitchen. You will eliminate space issues when you are working in the area and create the least amount of glare while still creating a well-lit area.
  • Choose a Focal Point: People’s eyes will be naturally drawn to where light is focused. If you want a certain focal point in your kitchen to be emphasized, create lighting centered on or around that area in order to pull the eye toward it.


At Reico Kitchen & Bath we want to show you the light, and what it can mean to your new kitchen or bathroom. If your kitchen or bathroom needs a lighting makeover, we can help. After decades working personally with homeowners to achieve the lighting results they were looking for, we know that we can transform your home too. Call us today and ask for a consultation to learn just how great your home can look.

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