Kitchen Lighting Design for Your Custom Home – Part 2

Tuscany Homes, a prominent home builder in Vancouver WA, continues its three-part series on kitchen lighting design.

kitchen lightingIn part one, we suggested that you light your kitchen in four layers: task, ambient, accent, and decorative lighting. Lighting your kitchen this way can possible create a wonderful atmosphere.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is the workhorse of your kitchen lights. Task lighting should be place wherever you’ll be chopping, dicing, grating, slicing, and reading recipes.

Another place you’ll need task lighting is your pantry. You’ll want a functional light in your pantry so you can see what kind of snacks you have.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is basically indirect lighting. It helps to soften the brightness of task lighting and create a warm, welcoming glow.

What exactly is ambient lighting?

  • Plush-mounted ceiling fixtures
  • Pendants hanging over islands
  • Adjustable track lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lighting can serve as both task and ambient lighting, especially if it’s on a dimmer.

There are many different types of under cabinet lighting. Here are just three examples:

  • Strip lights
  • Long linear bulbs or string of lights in a single fixture
  • Puck light system (hockey-puck shaped halogen lights)

To read part one of this series, click here.

To read part three of this series, click here.

To learn more, contact Tuscany Homes, a prominent home builder in Vancouver WA.

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