How to Update Your Kitchen Lighting for a Healthier Home

There are plenty of lighting options when it comes to the kitchen.

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

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The kitchen is one of the main rooms of the house: it’s where we prepare meals, eat, and gather. That’s why it’s important to make this room an enjoyable space to spend time. With the right lighting, you can make the kitchen an area the entire family will want to relax in. 

Choose the right light

There are three types of lighting you should consider when lighting the kitchen: ambient, task, and accent lighting.

Ambient lighting is the primary source of light in the room. It should be able to light the entire area as evenly as possible. Some examples of ambient lighting include recessed lighting, chandeliers, and pendant lights.

Task lighting is exactly as it sounds—it helps you focus on the specific task at hand. In the kitchen, this can take the form of strip lights and puck lights placed under cabinets or in shelves to illuminate work areas.

The last type of lighting to consider is accent lighting. Accent lights help bring attention to your favorite elements or areas in the room. Some examples include cabinet lights or kick lights.

Use these different types of lighting in combination with each other. While the kitchen should definitely have some source of ambient lighting, mix up the task and accent lighting and see what areas of the kitchen each works best in.

Make your lights the center of attention

One way to bring some decor elements into your lighting elements is to choose a statement lighting piece. Whether it’s elegant or something more unique and funky, choose a pendant or chandelier that you can hang over the kitchen island or in the middle of your kitchen. This will bring some ambient lighting and a design element that reflects your personal style.

Think about how color and light work together

One thing to consider when painting and lighting is how light and color work together. White reflects light, so if you have a lot if white in your kitchen, be mindful of how many lights you’re using or how high the wattage is. If you have more of a dark kitchen, you’ll want to use a lot more lighting.

Select lighting for every time of day

Because the kitchen is used throughout the day and night, you’ll also want to consider choosing a bulb or type of light that can transition from day to night.

Brilli’s Get in Sync collection features circadian downlights and flush mounts that work with most standard dimmers. During the day, the bright light will keep you feeling awake, energized, and ready to tackle your tasks for the day. As the day goes on, you can dim the light to mimic the gradual setting of the sun and prepare you for sleep.

This helps regulate your circadian rhythm and makes it easier for your body to be alert at the right time and rested at the right time. Plus, these bulbs have a flicker percentage of less than 1% at 50Hz, which helps reduce headache and eye strain throughout the day.