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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Lights

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Lights

So you are considering a restyling of your kitchen? 

Is this part of a major rebuilding project or are you just looking to refresh the look? This may have a bearing on how you select your lights along with the budget.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What is the size of my kitchen?
  • What is the colour scheme going to be?
  • Natural light sources, that's anywhere that allows daylight to come into the room, windows, skylights, doors.
  • How many natural light sources does the space have?
  • From which direction is the light coming from?
  • When is the time of day that provides the brightest / dullest light?
  • Will your kitchen only be used for cooking or will you use it as an entertaining space, as a dining space or as a work space? 
  • Where do you want to put sockets and switches?
  • Do you have features you would like to highlight, where are they? - Do you have a piece of architecture, a picture that you want to highlight?

Having answered all the questions above you can now start your plan:

  • Are the lights to be decorative or simply functional?
  • Should they follow a theme?
  • Where is your ambient light going to come from?
  • Do the lights need to match the fittings or each other?

With these questions answered or at least considered you should be able to have a clearer idea of the style of lights you need.

Take a Look at Each Type of Kitchen Light

Kitchen Ceiling Lights

Usually these are flush or semi flush to the ceiling, hence the name. Styles vary from the reccessed LED's, popular with builders, these lights are installed directly into the ceiling. But with a bit of thought you can create more of a design statement even with limited space and provide that all important ambient light.

Kitchen ceiling lights play a vital role in enhancing the overall ambiance and functionality of your kitchen. Proper lighting not only illuminates the space but also creates a welcoming atmosphere. Whether you are preparing meals, entertaining guests, or simply spending time with your family, the right lighting can make a significant difference in the overall experience. It is essential to have adequate lighting in all areas of your kitchen, including the countertops, island, and dining area. By investing in the right kitchen ceiling lights, you can create a well-lit and visually appealing space that meets your unique needs.

Here are some examples to get those creative juices flowing!  See all Ceiling Lights

Pendant Lights for Kitchen

If you have some height then pendant or hanging lights are a versatile and stylish option for your kitchen lighting. These lights are suspended from the ceiling, sometimes using a rod or chain if the are heavy or simple hanging on the cable with most more modest versions. Either way they can create a focal point in your kitchen. Pendant lights come in various styles and designs, allowing you to choose the perfect one that complements your kitchen decor. Whether you prefer a modern, industrial look or a more traditional and elegant design, there is a pendant light for every taste. Pendant lights can be installed over the kitchen island or dining area, providing focused task lighting and adding a touch of sophistication to your kitchen.

Check out these options for more ideas.  See all Pendant Lights

Kitchen Island Lights

If you have a kitchen island, installing specific island lights can enhance both the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen. Island lights are designed to hang directly above the island, providing ample lighting for meal preparation and creating a visually appealing focal point. These lights come in various styles, including linear chandeliers, mini pendants, and multi-light fixtures. By choosing the right island lights, you can transform your kitchen island into a statement piece that complements the overall design of your kitchen.

See all Multi-Pendants & Chandeliers

Kitchen Wall Lights

In addition to ceiling or hanging lights, wall lights can also play a significant role in accentuating the space and adding a touch of style to your kitchen. Wall lights can be installed above countertops or cabinets, providing task lighting for food preparation and creating a warm and inviting ambiance. These lights come in various designs, including sconces and picture lights, allowing you to choose the perfect option for your kitchen decor. By incorporating wall lights into your kitchen design, you can create layered lighting that adds depth and visual interest to the space.

Take a look at some examples  See all Wall Lights


Choosing the perfect kitchen ceiling lights is an important decision that can greatly impact the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen. By considering the various types of lights available, such as pendant lights, island lights, wall lights, and hanging lights, you can create a well-lit and visually appealing space. Remember to consider factors like style, design, and overall ambiance when selecting the lights for your kitchen. By investing in the right lighting, you can transform your kitchen into a bright and inviting space that meets all your cooking and entertaining needs.