Installing the proper lighting is very important to successfully achieve the design that you seek, but when it comes to the kitchen design, the importance of installing the proper lighting becomes as twice as any other room in your home. The general or ambient lighting is the main lighting source that we all need to have in our kitchens, so if you want to know more about it, join me here.
Before we talk about the different types of the general lighting fixtures that you can have in your kitchen, let me first tell you about the strongest, most power saving and most beautiful lighting source of all times and for sure I mean the natural lighting. Designing a large window that lets enough natural lighting to fill your kitchen through the day, is a major step to start from even before choosing any other lighting fixture. No matter how beautiful the lighting fixtures that you will choose, nothing will be more wonderful than watching your kitchen filled with the sunrays and the morning light.
There is no doubt that designing a window won’t replace using the other lighting fixtures, because you will need enough lighting in your kitchen for the night, so let’s find out the best general lighting types that you can install in your kitchen.
The general lighting will fill your entire kitchen with the enough lighting you need and it will enhance the warmth and the beauty of you kitchen design in the same time. The kitchen general lighting comes in several kinds to choose from. For example, you will find ceiling lighting fixtures, surface mounted lighting fixtures, track lighting and recessed lighting.
The major two types of the ceiling lighting fixtures for kitchens are chandeliers and pendants. Both of these types come in different designs, shapes and even colors to match with any kitchen design you have. They also come in different heights, some designs come in semi flush mount design and other types come in close to ceiling design and you can also have a tall one if you have high kitchen ceiling.
The chandeliers and the pendants are amazing general lighting resources that can illuminate any kitchen in a perfect way. Above the kitchen island or the kitchen table are the best two places where you can place them. when it comes to choosing the shape of the chandelier, you will find some types with two arms and other types with more than two arms.
You will also find some designs with up lights (the bulbs are directed up) and other types with down light. The same for the pendants, you can choose small one for small kitchens or you can go for a multi light pendant if you want to illuminate a large kitchen.
If you aren’t looking for decorative general lighting fixtures in your kitchen, the surface mounted lighting fixtures are the one you are looking for. They come in different shapes, designs and colors. If you want strong lighting in your kitchen, you will need to look for a surface lighting with two bulbs and if you want quite and warm one, looking for a fixture with one bulb sounds more than enough.
Track lighting is another modern option you can go for as a general lighting fixture. It looks so stylish and special, it provides enough and good lighting in kitchens and it comes in different shapes, for example, you will find some designs in curved shape and other in straight shape.
They also come in different lengths and heights, you will find tall and short types and you will also find flush mount and hanging types. The choices are countless and I think it’s such a gorgeous privilege to have all these options to choose from in one lighting fixture, right? What makes the track lighting even more amazing is the decorative touch that you can add by adding couple of nice, tall and small pendants to the track lighting fixture itself.
If you hang such a track lighting fixture above the kitchen island, it may even work as a task lighting as well, because the pendants will focus the lighting on the kitchen island surface and provide enough lighting for you to finish your different tasks.
Last but not least, we will talk about the recessed lighting; they are the most beautiful and warm lighting fixtures you can have in your kitchen. They provide quite and soft lighting and what makes them even more impressive is that you can use them alone or you can install them as additional general lighting source in your kitchen. Just pay attention to install big number of recessed lights if you choose them as the main general lighting source, because like I mentioned, they are soft and quite and that may not be what you need in your kitchen.