Remodeling Your Kitchen: Lighting Ideas You Should Consider

Posted on: 19 June 2015

Remodeling your kitchen not only makes the heart of your home more comfortable and efficient, the right upgrade can increase your home's value 60-120%. As you remodel your kitchen's cabinetry, usable space, and counter tops, don't forget about the lighting that makes the room more engaging and inviting. Here are some great lighting ideas your residential electrician can install for you as part of your remodeling project.

Hanging lights

If you have a kitchen with low or average-height ceilings, hanging lights are a wonderful option to choose. The process involves installing electrical wiring for multiple lights that hang from a post rather than just having a single bulb in your kitchen. The low hanging lights give you ample lighting over your breakfast bar, stove, and open dining area while giving your kitchen the modern appeal it needs. You can choose from many styles, such as bronze, silver, chrome, or even black to match your kitchen's new decor.

Cabinet lights

If you have many cabinets in your kitchen, take advantage of them by installing lights either above your cabinetry or directly underneath them for easy counter top viewing. Lighting placed above your cabinets gives your kitchen a soft glow, especially if you have dark-stained wooden cabinets or black modern cabinetry. Under-cabinet lighting is perfect for large kitchens with a lot of counter space, and is especially beneficial if you cook a lot and need ample lighting to view your ingredient list. If your kitchen is very small, cabinet lighting is beneficial in that it takes up very little space. Your electrician can help you decide just how many lights you need installed above or below your cabinets to best light your space.

Recessed lighting

Recessed lighting is perfect for a remodeled kitchen, especially if you want it to stand out.  Recessed lights rest flush with your ceiling instead of protruding from it like typical lights and their covers do. This makes them almost obscure in your kitchen, allowing your fabulous new counter tops, cabinets, and flooring to take center stage instead of your light fixtures. You can also mix recessed lighting with traditional or low hanging kitchen lights by placing recessed lights above the middle of your kitchen. This gives you extra lighting without taking up a lot of your kitchen area space.

An electrician like those at Allied Electric Inc can help you choose the lighting that will complement your new kitchen best. With beautiful lighting that makes this room really shine, you can have an upgraded kitchen that is complete, beautiful, and fully functional in your home.