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Achieve the Perfect Kitchen Lighting with These 3 Tips


Your kitchen serves as the centerpiece for your home. No longer reserved for just cooking, the kitchen has evolved into a place where you can engage in meaningful conversations with your best friend over a cup of coffee, conduct science experiments with your kids, host a party for your closest friends and family, toast to new beginnings, and so much more. All in all, your kitchen is the heart of the home, a place that says, “Come on in.”

Since your kitchen is where all the magic happens, make sure it has the proper lighting. Big or small, a kitchen that has a great lighting scheme will come across as all the more inviting. Not sure where to start? We can help! Follow these tips on how to choose the best kitchen lighting.

1. Layer Your Lighting

To create visual interest in your kitchen, you need layers. A layered approach to lighting means combining different types of light to add depth, to highlight a particular area, and to ensure there is harmony throughout the entire space. These are achieved through implementing three types of lighting: task, accent and ambient.

Task: This first layer of lighting helps you focus on the “task” at hand. It should be placed over countertops where you prepare food, in your pantry and anywhere else where you would require extra lighting, such as your favorite reading spot. Need inspiration? Check out this task lighting photo gallery from Houzz.

Accent:  This second layer of lighting highlights areas of your kitchen you’re particularly proud of, such as an art piece, architectural element, a floral arrangement or family pictures. The purpose of accent lighting is to add depth and dimension through contrasts in lighting. Get imaginative with these accent designs from Houzz.

Ambient: This third layer will comprise the majority of your kitchen lighting. Ambient lighting helps to make sure your space is easily navigable. There are numerous options to choose from with this type of lighting. You can go the chandelier or lighting cans route, or you can go with pendant or track. Read these tips from Apartment Therapy on choosing the right ambient lighting.

2. Natural Light is Your Best Friend

There’s something about natural lighting that just makes your kitchen feel warm and inviting. Depending on the layout of your home, however, it can be somewhat tricky to introduce natural lighting. There are several ways you can go about achieving the results you want. Follow these tips from Decoist:

  • Add architectural upgrades such as a skylight, atrium or conservatory window above your kitchen.
  • Remove draperies or switch them out with lighter materials.
  • Allow adjacent rooms to shine light into your kitchen using double-sided cabinetry or upper and lower cabinetry to divide space.
  • If you have limited resources, consider painting your cabinets white or a lighter shade.

Check out these other resources on how to let more natural light in:

3. Hire a Licensed Electrician

Because installing kitchen lighting requires handling your home’s wiring, make sure to hire a licensed electrician to help you. The last thing you want is to mishandle wire as it can harm you and damage your electrical system. We take pride in our knowledge surrounding kitchen lighting, and can help you design the perfect layout that fits your budget and your style. We will happily go over all options and pricing with you so that you can feel confident in your decision. For expert electrical work, leave it to the trusted professionals at 24/7 Electric.

Things to Think About Before Installing Kitchen Lighting

The layout and size of your kitchen will affect your overall lighting scheme. Here are some things you should keep in mind as you plan your next home improvement project:

  • Taller ceilings and darker finishes will require more light.
  • Task lighting should be installed in the essential spaces: over cooking surfaces, at the sink, over countertops, above your table, and any other work spaces such as an island.
  • White surfaces reflect light, so with them, you may be able to use lower wattage bulbs or cut down on the number of fixtures you need installed.

At 24/7 Electric, we’re here to help you every step of the way, from designing to installing. From the time you call us to the end of your lighting project, we guarantee exceptional customer care. Give us a call now to schedule your consultation!

If you would like more information about electrical repairs, maintenance, or wiring services from 24/7 Electric, please call us at 587-315-1361 in Calgary or 778-557-1519 in Victoria, or complete our online request form.


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