The hub of almost every home, the kitchen is where everyone congregates, either to prepare and enjoy meals, entertain and share precious moments. A kitchen lighting plan should consider safety as paramount, with sufficient task lighting for preparing meals and using the stove. At the same time, ambient lighting can really enhance those after dinner conversations.

Ambient Light Layer

Position downlights around the perimeter of the room or install a ceiling-mounted luminaire centrally.

Task Light Layer

Choose a row of miniature pendants or a track lighting system positioned over an island bench, with under-cabinet luminaires. This could include strip lighting or battens for work areas.

Accent Light Layer

Install strip lighting under bench-tops and cabinets to highlight features such as splash backs. Glass cabinets and shelving can also be enhanced with strip lighting.

Kitchen Lighting

    Before you choose your kitchen lighting:


    Be sure that food preparation and cooking can be done without creating shadows. Adequate task lighting is essential to ensure these activities can be carried out safely.

    Consider selecting softer ambient lighting for after dinner conversation.

    The kitchen is a very different place at different times of the day. Be sure that you have the right lighting selections that give you the flexibility to adjust to these changing functions at various times.

    LEDs provide a bright light without producing heat. This can be ideal for under cabinet lighting where you’re also preparing food.

    If your kitchen/dining area is open plan, choose a pendant light for your dining table. It’s a clever way to segment your room and create a pleasant dining ambiance.

    When installing a pendant over a dining table or bench, ensure that the light rests 80cm above. This creates a comfortable light and enough room for people to move around without collisions!