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Types and Styles of Kitchen Lighting for Your Remodel

Posted on: January 13, 2015

Is this the year you’ll finally remodel your outdated kitchen? Don’t forget to put extra thought into the lighting fixtures—something many home remodelers forget. The right lighting can change the atmosphere of a room and add character. Before you nail down what kind of lighting you think you’d like during your electrical remodel, we’ve compiled a great list of the necessary kitchen lighting types you need to know.

If you already know what style kitchen lighting or what type of kitchen lighting you want and are ready to begin your electrical project, contact Goudie Electric today!

Types of Kitchen Lighting

There are three types of lighting that can be used in the kitchen:

  • Task Lighting: These types of lights provide illumination for specific tasks, like doing the dishes or cooking. One type of task lighting you probably already have is the light above the oven range.
  • Accent Lighting: Accent lighting highlights specific qualities around your kitchen. You could use an accent light in the cabinets to show off your grandmother’s china, or above a brilliant mosaic you want all your guests to be sure to see.
  • General Lighting: when you think of general lighting, you can normally think of the largest lights in the room. General lighting is used to illuminate a whole area, and is usually brighter than accent or task lighting.

Once you’ve decided what type of lighting is best for you, you can go onto styles.

Kitchen Lighting Styles

Kitchen Ceiling Lights

Ceiling lights are standard for most homes. The glass or diffuser of flush-mount ceiling lights is attached directly to the ceiling, covering the light bulb. Ceiling lights are used to create general lighting, and work well with any style of kitchen electrical renovation or remodel.

Kitchen Pendant Lights

Pendant lights hang a few feet from the ceiling, and work well as general and task lighting. They add an extra element of style to your décor because they hang from the ceiling, and are a great choice for task lighting over the island or kitchen tables. If you’re looking to add style to your remodel or renovations, pendant lightings are a good option for your kitchen lighting choice.

Kitchen Chandeliers

Chandeliers, also known as chain-hung or suspension fixtures, are most often seen in dining rooms, foyers, and kitchens, but are becoming more popular as general lighting in any room. They add elegance and glamor and can really enhance the style and décor of the kitchen. More seen with traditional kitchens, they set a more formal tone to a room.

Kitchen Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting, or can lights, is a great accent for pendant and track lights. They add the general lighting to make a room bright without taking away from accent lights or the style of pendant lights. Recessed lighting is also a wonderful kitchen lighting choice as a highlight set to illuminate artwork or tile mosaics. Recessed lighting is the most commonly used lighting choice for in-cabinet kitchen lighting.

Kitchen Track Lighting

Like the name implies, track lighting—also known as rail lighting—consists of lights fixed on a continuous track. It complements a modern kitchen style, and adds fluidity to any room. Track lighting is easy to install, especially when remodeling or renovating a room with existing wiring. Track lighting can be used as general lighting, task lighting, or accent lighting, depending on the types of lights and shape and size of track you choose.

Undercabinet Kitchen Lighting

Undercabinet fixtures are a type of task lighting that are installed below wall cabinets and illuminate work spaces on the kitchen countertops. They can also be used as wonderful accent lights when mounted inside glass cabinets.

Contact Goudie Electric for Kitchen Lighting Installation in MD & VA

No matter the style of kitchen lighting you choose, Goudie Electric can install the necessary wiring to make your dream come to life. If you have any questions about adding new lighting to an existing room or completely remodeling and renovating, give us a call at (301) 710-5968!