What do you need to know when choosing Kitchen Lighting?


The way we Light our Home environment, and specifically the kitchen, affects the functionality of the space and how we feel when we’re spending time there. Despite this, the lighting itself is often overlooked in a kitchen remodelling project. Oftentimes Lighting is the last detail after the cabinets, the appliances, the tiles, the granite counter tops, etc… So it’s no wonder there’s often a little budget left for this critical element. People simply choose to accept the lighting that is there and don’t think about changing it to improve the space.


Nowadays people are entertaining more at home than they used to, and usually the kitchen is the centre of that entertainment. One must keep in mind that People tend to be drawn to light, and whilst many fail to understand why, the secret lies in how the lighting itself is layered within the space.

People are drawn to Lights like moths to flames


There are four different Layers of Light one has to understand to truly achieve the best lighting possible for the space. Task Lighting, Accent Lighting, Decorative Lighting as well as Ambient Lighting.

Task Lighting’s main goal is to illuminate work spaces, such as counter tops where you are prepping food or inside a pantry closet so you can see what goods are stocked.

Accent Lighting adds depth and dimension to the environment. Examples can include recessed adjustable fixtures in false ceilings, spotlights and track lights.

Decorative Lighting is the eye candy in a Kitchen. Its purpose is to add interest to a space. Examples include chandeliers and wall fixtures

Ambient Lighting. This gentle light fills the room and bounces off the ceiling. You can achieve this effect through pendant-hung indirect fixtures and opaque wall fixtures. The idea is to have an even pool of light that will serve as a base layer. Recessed lighting whether LED or fluorescent can accomplish this as well

However, No single layer of light can stand alone.

If, for example you only use ambient lighting, the people will look great because shadows are softened, but this would result in a having a “Cloudy day effect” because there is no depth or dimension within the space. There is no visual interest.

If you only incorporate Accent lighting, you will get a museum effect.  You will end up  lighting the objects in the space but friends and family will fall into darkness, inadvertently making it seem that what you own is more important than them.

A room with just decorative lighting distracts the eye. It is a common sight in most households, whereby we place a chandelier over a table and that’s it.  You can’t really see the people at the other end of the table when you are distracted by this supernova of illumination. In other words, only installing decorative lighting is a big “don’t”.

Feeling daunted by the Lighting Layering process? Rest assured, no matter the size of a space, the Four Lighting Layers can be incorporated into any room. In many cases lighting fixtures can provide more than one function. For example, in a kitchen, the Pendant Lights are decorative, but they also throw light up on the ceiling so they are also a source of ambient lighting.

In our next Blog post, we will go deeper into Kitchen Lighting, and discuss Lighting strategies on how to attract and draw people into the Kitchen. In the meantime, should you have any questions or need any advice on any Lighting dilemmas feel free to to email them to or call on 25463000. Elektra’s Lighting Consultants look forward to hearing from you. For more information and more helpful tips on lighting from Elektra check their partner profile.
This article is courtesy of the lighting experts at Elektra Ltd. 


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