How To Create The Ideal Kitchen Lighting Scheme

There’s no denying that the kitchen is the centrepiece of a home and that it plays an important role in entertaining guests and providing a functional living space. Lighting a kitchen correctly can be a challenge due to the many purposes that the space serves. It needs to be safe and clean, functional and practical, and aesthetically pleasing all at the same time.

Due to this, it can be hard to find the right balance when it comes to setting up your kitchen lighting. In this article, we’ll go through all the different approaches you can take to lighting your kitchen and creating the ideal centrepiece for your family home.

The 3 types of kitchen lighting

The first thing you need to do when coming up with your kitchen lighting scheme is to make sure you cover all 3 bases: task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting.

Task lighting is lighting that illuminates a certain area to make the completion of a task easier, such as chopping vegetables or measuring ingredients.

Ambient lighting is the primary source of lighting for the entire room and should create an even level of light throughout the entire space.

Finally, accent lighting focuses on a specific area within a room to highlight and bring attention to it.

Areas to consider

With this in mind, you’re ready to get started on designing the perfect kitchen lighting scheme. Here are all the areas you need to think about in order to create a comprehensive lighting plan that will make your kitchen as functional and stylish as possible.

Kitchen bench and island

For your kitchen bench or island, the right lighting will depend on what function this space will be used for most often. While some people will need the space for food preparation, others will want to use it mainly as an entertaining space.

If you want your bench or island to be used practically, you’ll need task lighting such as recessed downlights and hanging lights that’ll make it easy to prepare food. If you want to use the space as an area to entertain, ambient lighting such as mini-pendants should do the trick.


Although most range hoods will come with a built-in light, they often aren’t strong enough to provide efficient lighting over your stovetop. Task lighting can be installed over or near your stove to provide task lighting over your stovetop and benches, with LED lights being an ideal choice due to their energy efficiency and long lifespans.


When it comes to your pantry, accent lighting can be used to keep your pantry bright and easy to navigate at all times. Installing automatic lights in your pantry is a great way to keep things simple and practical, just make sure that you shut your pantry doors when you’re done so that you don’t waste any energy.

Under cabinet

Led Downlights

Ambient lighting can often lead to shadows being cast over your benchtops, so it’s a good idea to install a mixture of task and accent lighting under your cabinets to avoid these shadows and keep things well lit.

LED downlights are perfect for this, thanks to their ability to fully illuminate your benchtops and ensure smooth and easy food preparation.


Your ceiling lighting is very important, as you need ambient lighting that will keep your entire kitchen bright and welcoming. In a smaller kitchen, you may be able to simply use a single flush mount light, but larger spaces will need recessed lighting. This will also give you more control over how you light your kitchen, with the ability to customise it to your needs.

Dimmers are also a great addition if you want to be able to create ambience while entertaining guests without the intense brightness that ambient lighting can bring.

Lighting your kitchen can seem overwhelming at first, but putting in the extra work will more than pay off in the long run. It’s always a good idea to go with sustainable options when possible, such as LED and solar lights, to reduce your energy bills and appeal to buyers if you ever decide to sell.

It’s also worth applying this mind frame throughout your entire house, with LED flood lights and solar garden lights being fantastic ways to keep your entire home green and as efficient as possible.

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Ross Herdman

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