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How to light a kitchen

Are you planning a renovation and wondering how to light a kitchen? If so then you’ve come to the right place! In this weeks blog post we explain what you need to consider when planning your kitchen lighting.

The kitchen is often the heart of our homes. It is where we spend many hours preparing family meals (and the dozens of snacks throughout the day if you have children). It is where we sit and enjoy a morning coffee whilst reading the news or where we relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine. It is where we sit with our children whilst they do their homework, and it is also the first home of many small businesses. It is often the hub at parties and events. The kitchen in our opinion is probably the most important room in the house. 

Lighting is so often overlooked in favour of choosing bench tops and cabinets. If you are planning a kitchen renovation it is worth having a good think about your lighting choices before you get to work. It is much easier to plan for your electrics before work begins. It is lighting that really creates the look that you wish to achieve. So, how do you light a kitchen? 

There are a few types of lighting you need to consider. 

Task lighting

This is the most important lighting in the kitchen to get right. Task lighting is used to light the areas where you complete tasks! If these lights are not clear, too dull or the path of light is blocked by something, you will not be able to see the food you are preparing. Task lighting is placed on the underside of cabinets shining down on the bench top.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting is used to highlight and draw attention to a feature. For example, within glass cabinets to highlight contents or above pictures on walls. Another place to consider using accent lighting within your kitchen is within the treads of your cabinets.  

Feature lighting

These are the lights that add to the overall look/ theme of your kitchen. Feature lights are often used over kitchen islands or over dining tables in kitchen/diners. Feature lights set the tone of a room. To create ambience and set the tone for your relaxing evening or party you should consider including dimmer switches for these. It is also worthwhile considering the height of your pendant lighting particularly if you have small children, you want to avoid glare. 

Natural lighting

Natural lighting is not to be overlooked. Are you making the most of the natural light you have available? Can you incorporate a bigger window in your space?


Also important to consider is where you want to switch your lights on from, how annoying is it when a light switch is not somewhere handy like next to a door to quickly and easily turn off on the way out. Also, consider which lights you want to turn on per switch. And have you considered automating your home? This can be done so easily these days and a renovation is a perfect time to upgrade to a smart home. If you wish to find out more about home automation, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Don’t forget your power points!! Have you allowed for enough power points for all of your kitchen appliances? Have you included USB power points into your plans to charge up your iPad and phones?

To round up, your kitchen is the heart of your home and requires many different types of lighting to allow you to make the most of your space comfortably. When planning your kitchen renovation, remember that it is easier to plan your electrics at the very start. Don’t let lighting be pushed to the bottom of your list of things to decide on. The types of lighting to consider for your kitchen Renovation are, task, accent, feature and natural. 

We love to hear your thoughts. Are you planning a home renovation? Feel free to get in touch for some lighting advice. 

Wondering if you should opt for LED lighting? Learn more here: Why switch to LED?

Kimberly Kelly

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