Remodeling Your Kitchen Lighting

The right lighting can transform a home into a retreat and a room into a masterpiece. When lights are put together with a great kitchen remodeling project, you’ll get the perfect partnership.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient is a hidden source of light that washes a room with a glow and creates very little shadow. A wall sconce is an example of ambient lighting, as are paper lanterns. Use of a dimmer can also provide ambient light.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is just that; lighting that’s used to perform daily activities. Effective task lighting enhances visual clarity and keeps the eyes from getting tired, so it needs to be glare-free

Aesthetic Lighting

Lighting itself can be a work of art for your kitchen remodeling. A neon sculpture would be purely decorative and an example of aesthetic lighting. A spotlight illuminating a statue on a pedestal or portrait on the wall is also artistic. This type of lighting also needs to be used along with other lighting types.

Natural Lighting/Skylights

The last light that we can’t skip is natural lights like sunlight, candlelight and firelight. This is light that moves and is sometimes referred to as kinetic. The quality of natural light, sunlight in particular, depends on many things — time of day, weather, what season it is. Fall has a different light than summer, for instance. The setting sun gives a different kind of light than midday sun.

Accent Lighting

Directional lighting or lighting that adds interest or highlights a certain part of your remodeling project. A bulb and some kind of shield to direct the light are all that’s needed for this type of lighting. Halogen spotlights and table lamps with opaque shades are good ways to achieve accent lighting.