Aug 21

Kitchen lighting tips for the right light

Kitchen lighting guide from food to mood.

It may not make you a master chef overnight, but good kitchen lighting can make a difference to how you prepare and present food. Seeing is believing. So set yourself up with the best kitchen lighting solutions 4 easy ways.

Lighting Design for your kitchen


Understand your kitchen lighting potential

Nothing says ‘outdated’ more than a lonely little Oyster ceiling light or some old fashioned fluorescent tubes in your kitchen. Boring. Not only is it uninspiring and gloomy, it looks like you’re neglecting one of the most important rooms in your home. Get with the times!


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Time to put your kitchen in its best light no matter what you’re doing there, any time of day. Here are four easy ways to light up your kitchen to get the most out of the hub of your home and make it more vibrant and welcoming.

  1. Pendants – Good kitchen lighting should avoid shadows and dark patches. That makes pendants a perfect choice. Depending how high or low you hang them, you can concentrate a pool of light for tasks like food prep or open up a glowing circle for ambiance when dining.
  2. Ceiling lights – Track lighting, battens or downlights, ceiling lights are a given for a good lighting foundation. Yes, we made fun of the Oyster light (and we do carry nice updated versions of them as a Slimline Halogen Oyster or an Acrylic Fluorescent Oyster) but there are so many more modern design options available. Check out our multi-directional Barrel Head Track Light.
  3. Under cabinet – Inset, surface or strip options, under-lighting adds a nice low-level light to set off a shelf or special feature. For a low profile shelf light in white or chrome with frosted glass, look at our halogen Shelf Downlight to install on any surface or recessed. We even have a DIY Strip Light complete with mounting kit to ‘plug ‘n play’ anywhere near an outlet.

Switch to Dim – An excellent DIY option to add lighting levels instantly to any fitting, even without a dimmer switch. The built-in dimmable feature of this LED Switch to Dim lamp lets you adjust lighting to three different intensities

(10%, 50% and 100%) in your ceiling fitting (or table, floor and wall lamps) with the flick of a switch. See how it works on our Dim without a Dimmer blog.

All up, your kitchen can be more stylish than you may think. With a range of new halogen and LED lighting options in so many different styles, it can also be more energy efficient. Out with the tired old fixtures… get creative with kitchen lighting!


Hot Tips: Kitchen lighting idea gallery and videos

You’re sure to find inspiration from these ‘foolproof tips’ as an image gallery to create great lighting in your kitchen from the folks at HGTV (part of the Scripps Networks Interactive media group producing lifestyle content). Or take a video tour of how kitchen lighting creates a mood and helps take on any task.


Need inspiration?

Lighting styles and effects: See our Kitchen Lighting Inspirations
Trends & Pendants: Popular pendants for the latest design trends
Whatever you need: kitchen lighting starts here at Crompton

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