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Five Types of Lighting to Brighten Your Kitchen Reface

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Good lighting is key to creating a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional. If you're refacing your kitchen cabinets and wondering what other changes can make a big difference, consider new kitchen lighting. After all, since you've gone to all the trouble to reface the cabinets and refresh your kitchen, you'll want to highlight its best features. So if you're wondering how lighting can make a difference in your kitchen, read on to explore these five types of lighting.

Five Types of Kitchen Lighting

  • Recessed lighting: Recessed lighting is great because it can function as the ambient light in a kitchen if you have several recessed bulbs in the ceiling. It is warmer than fluorescent light, and while it may not be quite as task-oriented as under-cabinet or track lighting can be, if you are starting from scratch, you can focus the recessed lights above your sink, countertops, stove, kitchen island, or anywhere else.
  • Under-cabinet lighting: Under-cabinet lighting works great as task lighting because it brings extra light to a well-used work area--the countertops. Nowadays, there are a variety of options for under-cabinet lighting, including halogen, xenon, fluorescent, and incandescent lights.
  • In-cabinet lighting: If your kitchen cabinet refacing project involves installing glass-paneled cabinet doors, consider installing in-cabinet lighting as well. It can highlight decorative dishware, make it easier to find what you're looking for, complement your ceiling lights, or be used as mood lighting when you want a softer glow.
  • Track lighting: Track lighting is convenient because you can use it in a variety of ways. Track lighting comes in many different track shapes, and the fact that the lights can be moved to focus on one particular area means that you can use it as task-oriented lighting and focus it on a particular workstation, or you can use it as decorative lighting and highlight pieces of art in your kitchen.
  • Pendant lighting: Pendant lights are great if you're interested in the decorative side of kitchen lighting. Because they hang down from the ceiling and come in nearly endless styles, pendant lighting is a good way to install a new look in your kitchen. For pendant lighting, you need an area where the light fixtures can hang down without getting in the way, so if you're installing a kitchen island along with your cabinet refacing job, install pendant lights above the island.

The kitchen is the heart of a home, so if you're looking for ways to make your kitchen more appealing, consider changing up your lighting to fit all your needs.

About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre

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