The right lighting scheme is essential for a well-functioning kitchen. Here’s what to consider when choosing kitchen lighting.

Dual purpose

According to Bradley Muller from Selective Lighting, your choice of lighting must be both attractive and functional. In the past, the kitchen functioned merely as a utilitarian cooking space, but it has evolved into one of the most important living spaces in the home. “Undercounter LED strip lights are a prerequisite to creating soft illumination, and they also accentuate different textures in your space.”

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Well-lit surfaces

Muller says you should avoid creating shadows by ensuring that your work surfaces are evenly lit. “This will avoid any mishaps or accidents in the kitchen.”

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Luxe layering

Nikki Tyack from Esque advises that you begin your selection with overhead lighting, as this is the main source of ambient lighting, which will reinforce the natural light your kitchen already receives. “Layering in supportive lighting will then add options to brighten and highlight the specific areas around your workspace. Remember to illuminate your kitchen island and to aim a spotlight towards your sink.”


Keep it clean

Tyra Wainwright from Eurolux says that central light fittings in glass or Perspex with glossy fittings work well in kitchens with extractor fans, but are best avoided in kitchens without because of the dirt that accumulates on the fittings. “Fluorescent fittings or downlighters are an effective alternative in this case.”


All about atmosphere

Also known as general lighting, ambient lighting radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and move about safely. Eli Kalmi from K. Light suggests you create this look with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fittings, recessed or track lights. “Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan.”


High visibility

According to Kalmi, task lighting – which is the lighting over your work area – is the most important source of illumination in the kitchen. It helps make small objects and objects of low contrast visible. “Create a modern look by hanging a pendant or a cluster of pendants above an island, counter or table. A pendant is best fixed directly above your head and shoulders so as to avoid casting shadows on a surface.”

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Have fun with it

Lighting provides the perfect opportunity to experiment with out-of-the-box design and lighting elements. Roxanne Ferreira from Arrange Studio says: “Install lighting that’s not only functional, but striking and full of personality too!”

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