A modern kitchen with brand new gleaming appliances will be useless without lighting. But to enhance and fully maximize your kitchen, proper lighting should be installed. There are actually a lot of bulbs, fluorescent and lighting fixtures that you can use but it needs to be situated appropriately. This will make your kitchen beautiful as well as functional.
When choosing specific kitchen lighting, it should accentuate the kitchen space and not provide harsh and overpowering light. There are actually three types of kitchen light designs for several areas in the kitchen. The first type of design is the task lighting. Task lighting is used in work or task areas such as the counters, sinks and stove sections of the kitchen. Task lighting is the shadowless, bright lights that let the individual do proper food preparations such as chopping, mixing, and sautéing among others. Sometimes, the kitchen is used as a work area for some children who do their homework and project or the parents who read while cooking or waiting for food to be served. Therefore task lighting is also important where the kitchen table is situated. One of the most efficient task light are the fluorescent tubes because it provides wide distribution of light. But if this is not your type, there are also several lighting fixtures that can be mounted on the underside of high cabinets. Hanging fixtures or pendant styles are also available for use in counter islands and tables. This can just be mounted in the ceiling and provide wonderfully bright overhead lighting.
Once your task lights are in place, it is time to select some lights for ambiance enhancement. Ambient lighting, the second type of kitchen lighting design, softens shadows therefore creating a warm, homey glow. Most people think that ambiance lighting is not needed. But it is important that a home kitchen is supposed to be inviting and comfortable-looking unlike industrial restaurant kitchens. And only the proper ambiance lighting can give this effect.
The third design is the accent lighting that puts emphasis on kitchen space. This adds depth and dimension to the area while reducing contrasts and filling in shadows. This type of light is usually low voltage and can also be used to spotlight several conversational pieces like an indoor fountain, expensive china or wine collections. Track lighting fixtures are often used as ambient lighting for they can be easily redirected into where low light is needed.