5 Ways to Improve Kitchen Lighting

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There is nothing more frustrating in your kitchen than dim lighting. Since the kitchen is generally the hub of the home, the place where your family and friends connect, it's paramount that it has good lighting.

Thankfully, even if you have an older home you can still do a number of things to improve kitchen lighting. Here are just five ideas that won’t break your wallet or your back.

1. LED Strip Lights

Strip lights are quite flexible and a great alternative for standard lighting in a low-light space. They work very well under counters and can give light to a dark corner or just provide more light for you to prepare meals. If your kitchen has a closed-in feel, try installing some strip lights above your cabinets. Strip lights also work well to highlight any art or special wall decor in the kitchen.

2. Recessed Lighting

Recessed lights, also known as can lights, are placed inside the ceiling. When installed correctly, light distributes evenly and is particularly good if you have a small kitchen -- many of the best chefs use recessed lighting to prepare their meals. It's especially effective for illuminating areas such as your stovetop, counters, or even an open spice shelf. As an added bonus, recessed lighting is not difficult to install for the average do-it-yourselfer, and it's a popular option for kitchen lighting.

3. Ceiling Fans

If your kitchen is like most others, it's a gathering place. Depending on the size of your space, it may quickly become warm with people in there, especially if you're using the stove. To keep your guests comfortable, install a ceiling fan as an alternative to standard lights in the kitchen. You can generally choose a ceiling fan that has a light fixture attached or purchase one separately. A ceiling fan with a light fixture will keep the air circulating while providing elegant illumination to the room.

4. Countertop Lamps

To create a warm and cozy feel while adding just the right amount of mood light, use a lamp on your countertop. This is an especially nice option if you have a long stretch of counter that becomes darker the closer you get to the corner. By placing a lamp in the corner, you can achieve a really inviting effect. Choose a style and color that suits your kitchen theme. Lamps often become conversation items, so don’t be afraid to let you personality shine with them.

5. Pendant Lights

Pendant lights, also known as drop-down lights, come in all shapes and sizes and are a wonderful option for kitchen lights. Many people use these to highlight a particular area of their kitchen, such as an island or eating area. Keep in mind the size of the space you're illuminating, such as your table or island, before you purchase a pendant light.

Before embarking on a replacing or installing new kitchen lighting, be sure you've assessed your needs. Chances are there is a type of lighting to take care of anything you desire to illuminate.