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Kitchen Lighting Ideas: Pictures and Advice From Experts


The kitchen is a very important part of the home, maybe the most important, if cooking and entertaining is a part of your life. Good kitchen lighting can benefit from shadow-less food preparation areas, cooking areas, general areas, preferred light levels for intimate moods and entertaining moods. Let Del Mar Designs walk you through all areas of the kitchen that might benefit from different types of lighting for a well-lit kitchen.

Begin by viewing our Kitchen Lighting application photos for ideas and light fixture placement.

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PENDANT LIGHTING

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Pendants are a great addition to islands and bar areas. When selecting a pendant for one of these areas in the kitchen, entertaining should be in mind. The pendants you choose should be one of the main decorative lighting elements in the whole kitchen lighting plan.

Mini Pendants
Energy Star Pendants
Round Pendants
Hand Blown Glass Pendants
Bowl Pendants


Mini
Energy Star
Round
Hand Blown Glass
Bowls


FLUSH and SEMI-FLUSH LIGHTING

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Flush and semi-flush light fixtures create the main general lighting usually from the center of the kitchen. The flush and semi-flush light fixture should be used with a combination of other light fixture types to reduce glare and create an even balance of light through out the kitchen.

Flush Mount
Linear Flush Mount
Energy Star Flush Mount
Semi Flush Mount


Flush Mount
Linear Flush Mount
Energy Star
Semi-Flush Mount


CABINET LIGHTING

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Under Cabinet Lighting is critical to eliminating shadows in food preparation areas from overhead lighting. Under cabinet also illuminates tile or decorative back splashes after dark with no shadowing. The most common under cabinet lighting used to be fluorescent which can not be used with a light dimmer. Today there are many different types of under cabinet light fixtures from LED sticks to adjustable halogen and xenon lamps.

Xenon Under Cabinet
Halogen Under Cabinet
LED Wafer Under Cabinet
LED Stick Under Cabinet
Fluorescent Under Cabinet
Xenon
Adjustable Halogen
LED Wafers
LED Sticks
Fluorescent


RECESSED LIGHTING

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Recessed lighting should be a part of every kitchen lighting plan. Recessed lighting is the most controllable light source that can be used for general lighting, task lighting, accent lighting, wallwashing or grazing stone structures. View Del Mar Designs recessed lighting layout guide to help you with every detail you will need to select the right recessed lighting fixtures for your kitchen space.

3 inch recessed
Low Voltage Recessed
5 inch Recessed
6 inch Recessed
Energy Star Recessed
Wet Location Recessed
3" Recessed
Low-Voltage
5" Recessed
6" Recessed
Energy Star
Wet Location


OVER CABINET & TOE KICK LIGHTING

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Some kitchens have vertical space above the top of the cabinets, this is the perfect area for over cabinet lighting. Over cabinet lights can be hidden so that you only see the light illumination on the kitchen ceiling and not see the fixture. Hidden over cabinet lighting is great for a non-glare ambient lighting effect. Over cabinet lights can also be mounted to the top of the cabinet to direct light on the cabinet producing a grazing effect. Toe kick lighting can illuminate the floor and produce a balanced lighting effect from ceiling to floor when combined with other lighting types.

Hidden Fluorescent Strips
Halogen Over Cabinet
Toe Kick LED
Rope Lighting
Hidden Fluorescent Strips
Halogen Over Cabinet
Toe Kick LED Sticks
Rope Lighting


NOOK LIGHTING & MINI CHANDELIERS

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Kitchen nook spaces are an important part of the family breakfast gathering. This nook light fixture should be bright enough to read the newspaper and at the same time have limited glare. Some people use mini chandeliers or pendants to light their kitchen nook area.

Downlight Pendants
Mini Chandeliers
Bowl Pendants
Downlight Pendants
Mini Chandeliers
Bowl Pendants


ISLAND LIGHTS & POT RACKS

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Island lighting should provide good light for performing tasks and have a decorative style as it usually lands in the center of the kitchen. The island light should be proportionate in size to the island so the light fixture does not over power the island area.

Pot Rack Lights
Energy Star Island
Linear Island Lights
Pot Rack Lights
Energy Star Island
Linear Island Lights


LIGHT DIMMERS

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Light dimming is an important part of creating moods and conserving energy in the kitchen. Dimming usually glary light fixtures help create a softer and more balanced feel of light.

Diva Dimmers
Maestro Dimmers
Spacer Remote
Multi Location Dimmers
Diva Dimmers
Maestro Dimmers
Spacer Remote Dimmers
Multi_Location Dimmers


CEILING FANS

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Ceiling fans create airflow in any space and can benefit any hot kitchen. Good air circulation is good to have in any kitchen to make for a cooler cooking and food preparation environment.

Low Profile Ceiling Fans
Energy Star Ceiling Fans
Tropical Ceiling Fans
Contemporary Ceiling Fans
Traditional Ceiling Fans
Under 42 inch Ceiling Fans
Low Profile
Energy Star
Tropical
Contemporary
Traditional
Under 42" Blade Span