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Kitchen Lighting

Selecting the right lighting for your kitchen is actually a pretty simple process. The first step is identifying the main areas of the kitchen that need sufficient lighting. This often includes the sink, countertops, and range. There are several options available, typically the use of one or two track lights above the sink provides sufficient lighting to wash dishes and other sink related activities. For a solution for the range, you can use an energy efficient fluorescent tube with your standard range fan, or a recessed down light in the general area of the stove. As for the general all purpose areas of the kitchen (usually where people gather), you want to have lighting diffused. One solution to this is using a ceiling fixture that has n energy saving florescent tubes. This provides an evenly dispersed light source suitable for you kitchen. There are several types of lighting environments that can be used for your kitchen. Your kitchen design and the mood you are looking is important, the following are three popular lighting environments for the kitchen.

Ambient Lighting

Provides a soft and soothing indirect light source, examples include a ceiling fixture, skylight, or outdoor light from a window. This is a kitchen lighting that allows you to do everyday tasks.

Accent Lighting

This form of lighting is used to highlight or accentuate certain elements of a kitchen and to provide a desired mood. This lighting can be incorporated using light in kitchen cabinets or using standard spotlights. Strip lights are also used, the added benefit of strip lights is the effect of having higher ceilings.

Task Lighting

As the name suggests, uses spot, recessed, or tracking lights to directly point the lighting to an areas that is used for standard kitchen tasks. This included the countertop where food preparation is done, the sink where dishes are washed, and other task related areas.

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