3 Types of Kitchen Lighting You Need to Illuminate Your Space

Lighting can greatly impact the overall look and feel of your kitchen. And getting the lighting right in your kitchen can transform your space from ordinary to extraordinary.

Lighting is an important element of kitchen design no matter the size, shape, or style of kitchen and should be considered early in the design process, not as an afterthought.

When planning a kitchen and thinking about its lighting scheme, you need to consider 3 types of lighting – task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting.

In this article, we take a closer look at the different types of kitchen lighting you need to light up your space.


1. Task Lighting

When planning a kitchen, start with task lighting. Task lighting is functional and practical lighting that provides bright, focused light. Its purpose is to give you the visibility you need to carry out specific work-related tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and prepping meals.

Examples of task lighting may include strip lights fitted under wall cabinets that light up a work surface or countertop. Or directional spotlights above the hob/cooker or sink that provide targeted light to these key working areas.

In this example of task lighting, a pendant light hangs directly above the hob and work surface to provide targeted light for key work tasks and optimum visibility when cooking.


2. Ambient Lighting

Next, think about ambient lighting. Ambient lighting is your kitchen’s general source of light and is used to light up the whole room as much as possible. It is also used to create an overall mood and atmosphere in your space.

Examples of ambient kitchen lighting include recessed downlights, dimmable wall lights, and flush mount ceiling lights. The natural light that comes into your kitchen through any windows is also part of the room’s ambient lighting.

As demonstrated in this Genoa kitchen, ambient light comes from natural light from large bifold doors, and when day turns to night and natural light is lost, recessed downlights on the ceiling light up the whole kitchen.


3. Accent Lighting

Finally, accent lighting is used to add visual interest to your space, either through the light fitting itself or the light it emits. Accent lighting is used to highlight key decor or architectural features and draw attention to points of interest.

Examples of accent kitchen lighting include plinth lighting at the base of an island that turns the island into an eye-catching feature. Another example is a decorative pendant light that creates wow-factor through the fitting itself, plus its position over a dining table could create a focal point by lighting up the area.

In this Stratford kitchen, a group of 3 statement pendant lights add visual interest through the fitting itself, plus their position above the dining table creates a focal point by drawing attention to the area.


Light Up Your Kitchen

In a successful lighting scheme, task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting all work together to light up your kitchen. Whether it’s to brighten key working areas, add interest and character, or set the mood for dining, socialising, and entertaining.

As demonstrated in this Newark kitchen, task lighting is provided by strip lights underneath wall cabinets, ambient lighting is provided by overhead ceiling lights, and a decorative pendant hangs above the dining table to provide accent lighting.


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Use these 3 types of lighting to illuminate your space, and for advice on how to use lighting in your kitchen, contact us and our design experts can help bring your ideas to life.