What are the Different Types of Kitchen Lighting

What are the Different Types of Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen lighting can be mood-altering and create a world of a difference. Don’t make kitchen lighting an afterthought. Plan to make sure you get the lighting right.

Types of Kitchen Lighting

1. Ambient Kitchen Lighting

Ambient lighting is sometimes called “general lighting”. It is soft overhead light that illuminates the floor and walls so you can easily enter, exit, and navigate the kitchen.

Ambient light fixtures include recessed lights, flush-mount kitchen ceiling lights or wall sconces. 

Because ambient lights are meant to light up the room, it’s best to position them in the center of the ceiling, above the island, or around the perimeter of the room. 

2. Task lighting

Task lighting also known as work lighting is brighter to illuminate countertops, islands, sinks, and other work areas for increased precision during food prep, cooking, and cleaning. Kitchen task lighting is designed to create a shadow-free work environment when you’re doing things around the kitchen. But it needs to work with the style of your kitchen, and the rest of the lighting across the room.

Your precise need for task lighting depends on how you use your kitchen. As a general rule, however, you should have task lighting over your stove, kitchen sink and countertops. If you have a kitchen island, you will likely want some task lighting above it as well. 

3. Accent or Decorative lighting

Accent lighting is decorative. It’s ideal for highlighting features of your kitchen that you want to show off such as artwork, china pieces or decorative furnishings. Accent lighting allows the kitchen to have layers of light. This provides different dimensions to the look of your kitchen and allows for small kitchens to give the illusion of a bigger space. Accent lighting also tends to be more muted than other lights, allowing you to create some ambiance and to create a more intimate feel when desired.

There are six types of accent lighting from which you can choose depending on your style and how you use your kitchen.

  • Undercabinet lighting
  • Above-cabinet lighting
  • Kitchen cabinet interior lighting
  • Toe-kick lighting
  • Track lighting
  • Kitchen island lighting (the accent lighting such as pendants that helps draw your eye to the island also frequently double as task lighting)


Want to create the kitchen of your dreams? Contact our kitchen renovation experts in Calgary today, and they would be happy to demonstrate how good design and lighting can enhance the feel of your dream kitchen.