How to Choose Kitchen Light Fixture? – What is the Right One?

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If you want your design to look rich and luxurious, invest in a high-end material like marble. And choose a light fixture that complements this opulence! In this transitional white kitchen for example, the white and gray marble backsplash stands out with its gorgeous veins. The white shaker cabinets and white quartz countertops provide a sleek frame for the tiles to pop out even more. The brass sconce above the kitchen sink and the faucet perfectly capture the elegance of the marble tiles, adding a dose of sparkle with a warm sense.

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Another great example of how a kitchen window can become the focal point of the room. The trio of a window, kitchen sink, and a light fixture stands out between the white shaker cabinets. The marble chevron backsplash provides a timeless backdrop for this area while the marble countertops seamlessly blend with the tiles.

Design tip: When it comes to light fixtures, you don’t need to match them with plumbing fixtures or cabinet hardware. You can mix and match different materials and finishes to enhance visual interest!

How to Choose Kitchen Light Fixture?

While designing a kitchen, the lighting of the space is of critical importance, so the choice of kitchen lighting should never be left to the last minute. Lighting is one of the most important elements that make a design successful. Before starting the lighting design, it is necessary to check and determine how much light the kitchen needs. While positioning these cabinets, is a detail that should be considered. Of course, except in cases where it must be positioned according to the layout. So, if you have any questions about how to choose a kitchen light fixture, you have come to the right place! In this article, we gather out different types of lighting fixtures to show you the importance of them.

What Type of Lighting Fixture is Best for Your Kitchen?

Without good lighting for preparation and cooking, as well as for food and daily life in the room, the space will be inadequate. For this reason, it should be considered not only in the kitchen cabinets but also in the overall space. Among the most effective lighting solutions, is a lighting scheme that allows bright lighting on the counter where the meal is prepared and warmer, lower lighting for the guests can be determined. The location of the kitchen, its style, cabinet types, and colors are all factors that affect the lighting design. It is the healthiest and most successful way to decide whether to choose pendant lighting, sconces, or just spots, all of which are thought through together with the design.

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If you want to keep things simple yet achieve a stylish appeal, a soft neutral color palette is the route to go. And choose light fixtures in contrasting colors to make your space a conversation piece! In this Scandinavian kitchen, the two-tone white and wood cabinets, gray countertops, and modern gray backsplash tiles create a harmonious whole. The gray floor tiles and the wood dining table perfectly complement this cohesive appeal. With their deep black color, the pendant lights above the island and the counter chairs create a striking contrast against the soft shades, enhancing the overall look. The matte finish of these features increases the modern flair perfectly.

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How to Choose a Kitchen Light Fixture For Sink

If you are lucky enough to have a large window opening like this one, you can make this area the focal point of your kitchen. To make this, a white farmhouse sink and a statement maker light fixture will be enough! The symmetrical positions of the window and the sink enhance the luxurious feel of the room while the chrome pendant light becomes a great couple with this duo. For the rest, the white shaker cabinets, granite countertops, and white arabesque tile backsplash draw a traditional profile that is a testament to time.

What kind of lights looks good in the kitchen?

As a general rule, ambient lighting should always be applied, located in the middle of the kitchen. You can also do this by installing recessed kitchen ceiling lights or flush mounts. Besides, if you have an island or breakfast counter, pendant lights look very useful and stylish.

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You know what they say: “A backsplash can make or break a design.” Here it flawlessly makes one with the white diamond tiles taken up to the ceiling. Even though these tiles have the same white shade as the cabinets and countertops, thanks to their glossy finish, they stand out as a glamorous backdrop. If you have a spacious kitchen like this one, the lighting fixtures need to complement this atmosphere. Since the kitchen space is filled with natural light, you can use task lighting to lighten up specific areas. Here, the brass sconce above the kitchen sink does this duty. And the brass finish of this sconce complements the cabinet hardware.

Why Is Kitchen Lighting So Important?

Lighting is important in kitchens if you want to have a functional and fun time. Warm, inviting light is as important as food and drink for successful events. Because the pleasantness of the ambiance is reflected in everything. And that’s why choosing kitchen light fixtures has become more and more important to creating a well-lit atmosphere.

One of the mistakes homeowners often make is not having enough kitchen lighting. Even in spaces with plenty of natural light, an adjustment is required for cloudy, overcast days and nights. Sitting in the right light and environment in the evening has positive and good effects on people energetically and successfully shows the design of the space. That’s why we have prepared tips and tricks about of how to choose a kitchen light fixture!

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Trending colors and patterns come and go, but white color schemes and glass tile backsplashes never go out of style. Here, for example, white color surrounds the space through the cabinets, countertops, and backsplash tiles, creating a bright and spacious atmosphere. In this traditional kitchen, two types of light fixtures are used. First ceiling mounted spotlights are used as ambient lighting. And to illuminate the kitchen island more, bright light fixtures are used as task lighting. Using a layered lighting design makes the all-white color scheme more interesting.

Should kitchen lights be warm or cool?

This is what you want to rely on in the kitchen, as cooler bulbs are easier to see. But warmer bulbs make lounges and restaurants much more attractive and give that cozy vibe.

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Gray and White Modern Kitchen with Under Cabinet Lights

Just like the all-white kitchens, gray and white color schemes are also timeless and elegant options! In this contemporary kitchen, for instance, the modern white cabinets with white countertops anchor the space, providing a blank canvas. Between them, the modern gray backsplash tiles add slight contrast that enhances the overall look. The usage of the under cabinet lights enhances the impact of the backsplash tiles and illuminates the counter space.

01- Consider Your Kitchen

The way you light the kitchen affects the functionality of the space and how you feel when you spend time there. However, for it to look its best and function well, a kitchen needs to be properly lit and this includes more than just using stylish fixtures. Choosing and positioning the lighting with a well-formed plan blends with the architectural and decorative details of the room!

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How to Choose a Kitchen Light Fixture for an Island Layout

If you are lucky enough to have a large area to incorporate an island into your kitchen, you need to pay attention to lighting. Since a kitchen island is the heart of the room, you need to choose the proper lighting for it. As you can see in this contemporary kitchen, the wicker pendant light creates a warm glow above the island, complementing the warm sense of the wood textures. The kitchen island with its waterfall edges already makes a statement but with the addition of the pendant, it became more important.

Do kitchen light fixtures need to match?

They don’t have to match in shape, but it’s usually a good idea to use fixtures made of the same color, same material, or same finish that are pleasing to the eye. When choosing a light for these coordinate areas, it is a detail to consider that only one is chosen as the foreground and center in terms of size and clarity!

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White Shaker Cabinets with Marble Subway Tile Backsplash

If you have a gap between your wall cabinets, placing a pendant light is a great way to jazz up this dull space. In this transitional kitchen, for example, while the white shaker cabinets create a symmetrical layout, the marble subway tile backsplash fills the wall space, adding a nice textural look. The kitchen sink is also positioned in the middle of this gap. Above, the globe pendant light with a brass finish enhances the visual interest of this area.

02- Learn the 3 Layers of Lighting Design

In a kitchen, there are layers of light necessary to properly illuminate the space. It illuminates the bottom of the cabinets, if the island is used, light is given over the island and gives sparkle to the cabinets. If a kitchen is to be illuminated in a way that maximizes the form and function of the space, the first step is to understand the layers correctly. Here are the three layers of lighting design:

  • Task Lighting: Task lighting is used to illuminate specific areas such as the counters where you prepare meals, and work areas in a pantry cabinet. Thus, they have quite functional tasks.
  • Accent Lighting: Accent lighting adds depth and dimension to the setting. For example; recessed, adjustable fixtures or track lamps are preferred to highlight the desired areas.
  • Ambient Lighting: Ambient lighting provides general illumination for space and creates a uniform light level in the targeted areas, regardless of any special lighting that may be needed. In many homes, when you turn a switch, ambient lighting illuminates the space. Ambient lights are ceiling-mounted or recessed lights that direct the light downwards, wall sconces or floor lamps that reflect light onto the walls, and types that reflect light from the ceiling and walls.
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Awash with white and light gray shades, this traditional kitchen slows the passage of time for sure! The combination of white shaker cabinets, arabesque backsplash tiles, and quartz countertops draw a classic profile for this kitchen. If you decide to design an all-white kitchen, small details make a huge impact on the overall look. And lighting fixtures are a great way to achieve this goal! The spotlights serve as an ambient light that provides the main lighting source of the kitchen. Above the kitchen island, the white hanging lights provide task lighting to illuminate the specific area more. At the rear, another type of task lighting is used as a pendant light for the sink area.

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Two-tone Kitchen Cabinets with Chrome Hardware

Glass-fronted cabinets are great for giving a light and airy feel to the space! Besides their functionality, they also provide aesthetic benefits by displaying kitchenware. And to enhance their impact, LED lights that are positioned inside the cabinets will be a great addition. You can use glass shelves for these cabinets, as you can see in this transitional kitchen, to enhance the airy feel. The white cabinets, countertops, and white mosaic tile backsplash perfectly complement this feel while the gray lower cabinets bring depth to the space.

03- Choose the Right Style and Find the Right Finish for Kitchen Light Fixture

Considering the design of the space and the light requirement ratio, the right choice should be made both visually and functionally.

Considering the overall style and color combination of the space, the most appropriate lighting should be chosen and it should complement the space in terms of design as well as functionality.

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If you are designing a white kitchen, you might need to balance the stark white appearance. And using warmer bulbs is one of the easiest ways to achieve this goal! As you can see in this traditional kitchen, lighting fixtures such as the pendants above the island, under cabinet LED lights, and spotlights make a warm glow and bring much-needed warmth to the space. The warm gray marble subway tile backsplash perfectly complements this warm feel.

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Using a black backsplash for white cabinets is a great way to create a striking focal point in your kitchen. In this modern kitchen, for instance, while the white cabinets anchor the space, the black slate subway tile backsplash adds a dramatic appeal. And if you want to emphasize these tiles, under cabinet lights will definitely help you!

04- Choose a Shade for Kitchen Light Fixture

Some types of lighting can cast shadows in work areas. Note that the light above the counter area or kitchen island is placed in such a way that it does not cast a shadow. At the same time, an alternative should be applied by pulling the focus to another side with different light sources in the space and leaving the counter in the shade. This double-sided design is an important detail for users.

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Even if they seem like a small detail, lighting fixtures have a big influence on the overall look! In today’s market, you can find an endless variety of light fixtures that allow you to design your dream kitchen. In this modern farmhouse kitchen, the oversized white pendant lights make a statement with their black details, completing the farmhouse style. Below, the dark gray kitchen island with white countertop and gold counter chairs creates a focal point. At the back, the white and wood cabinets and a warm gray marble subway tile backsplash offer a well-balanced look.

Are LED lights good for a kitchen?

Led lights produce a higher quality light that reduces heat and brings out color better. This is important for task lighting in the kitchen. And LED kitchen lights last longer and are more durable than traditional lighting, meaning that frequent maintenance is not required to replace bulbs.

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Color combinations should complement finishes especially when your design is supposed to have a more rustic. In this modern rustic kitchen, the natural wood cabinets and the slate chevron mosaic tile backsplash create a harmonious whole with an organic warmth. The gray marble countertops and brass cabinet hardware add a touch of opulence to the space while the oversized range hood makes a statement. Above the island, the glass pendant lights make a warm glow and bring an airy feel between the natural materials.

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Black and White Kitchen with Under Cabinet Lights

Another great example of how under cabinet lights can enhance the impact of the backsplash tiles. In this black and white kitchen, the black slate subway tile backsplash stands out between the white shaker cabinets. The warm lights under the cabinets enhance the dramatic appeal of these tiles, softening the sharp black-and-white contrast. The black oversized range hood complements the tiles while the wood extension of the kitchen island increases the warm feel in the room.

05- Size and Placement

When it comes to how to choose a kitchen light fixture, size and placement are very important. The style of kitchen design differs according to the size of the space. For example, if more than one lighting is preferred, the watts should be kept lower and the lights they all give together should be taken into account, while if single lighting is being considered, attention should be paid to higher illuminance. If lighting from different points is used, an evenly distributed light should be created in the space by choosing the right points.

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Marble is a winning material when the aim is to achieve elegance and opulence and this marble chevron backsplash is no exception! The gray marble chevron backsplash reaches through the ceiling, providing a timeless backdrop. The gray cabinets and white countertops are the complementary elements for the marble tiles. But there is one material in this kitchen that really pops out: rose gold pendant lights! With their gorgeous color and metallic finish, these pendants make a statement and bring visual interest to the gray color scheme.

What kind of light goes over the kitchen sink?

A single recessed light is the most common type of light used over a sink. They are the most used options in LED lighting.

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How to Choose a Kitchen Light Fixture for White Design

If you want your kitchen to stay timeless, go with timeless materials like glass and marble! Moving with a similar mindset, this transitional kitchen uses a glass and marble tile backsplash that enhances the visual interest. The white shaker cabinets and quartz countertops complement the subtle elegance of the tiles. The ceiling mounted track lighting and the glass pendant light provide the light source for the space!

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How to Choose a Kitchen Light Fixture For the Window 

This kitchen has everything that exudes the elegance of a traditional style! To start with, the off-white cabinets anchor the space and provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere with their creamy color. The beige travertine and glass backsplash, oil rubbed bronze hardware and beige granite countertops flawlessly complement this traditional profile. Thanks to the window, the kitchen receives enough natural light. And the pendant light and kitchen sink are positioned above the window to create a focal point!

Practical Tips to Choose a Kitchen Light Fixture

Kitchens form the heart of the home. And the lighting needs of these places are different from other rooms. An adequate level of task lighting should be created so that you can work comfortably while preparing food. However, it should also be a warm, friendly atmosphere that guests can enjoy without too much formality.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Light Fixture?

First, you need to layer the view. Do not forget the importance of light layers, especially in kitchens. The concept works perfectly when you work ambient, task, and accent lighting together to design a dynamic space.

Secondly, the height of the suspended pendant lighting is very important. For example; There should be 30 to 32 inches of clearance between an island countertop and the fixture’s lowest hanging point.

Third, how many watts of incandescent light needs to be adjusted very well. Too much or too little of the light leaves tiring effects on the space.

Proportion is Matter

Another issue is that the dimensions should be chosen carefully. The area covered and the size of the bench are the issues to be considered. Then, according to the design, for example, three small pendant lights and either 4 smaller or 1 larger design, the balance between the design and the ideal light should be established correctly. If you have enough wall space, your accent light source can be created with wall lights.

Another remarkable point is to choose a focal point and direct the attention there. For example, instead of turning the attention of the guests to the counter full of dishes, an interesting corner can be created with lighting details.

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How to Choose a Kitchen Light Fixture for Island

Transitional kitchens love elaborate details and this one is no exception! Here, the white shaker cabinets and quartz Silestone countertops provide a bright and spacious atmosphere. The marble flower mosaic tile backsplash adds a nice textural look to the backdrop. At the center, the large gray kitchen island adorned with black hardware and a white top makes a statement. The large pendant lights above the island emphasize this area even more. The bamboo counter chairs and beige floor tiles bring warmth to the space.

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