How-To: Kitchen Task Lighting

The kitchen is most commonly known as the gathering place in a house. It is the central hub of all family activities and gatherings, it is truly the heart of any home. Whether you choose to entertain and host cocktail parties or relax with your family around the counter eating pizza, the kitchen is where life takes place.

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With the kitchen being such an integral part of the home, the design and layout of your lighting should not be an afterthought, especially the task lighting. This is important, concentrated light, needed to help you accomplish a task, such as cooking on the stove and cleaning the dishes in the sink.

The director of education for the American Lighting Association says:

Task lighting is what people think of first when designing a lighting system in the kitchen, because it’s integral to preparing food. – Joseph A. Rey-Barreau

He also says if tasking lighting is misplaced it can actually hinder your ability to work efficiently, throwing shadows on your workspace.

The most common mistake made in kitchen lighting designs is trying to use one fixture to light the entire kitchen. Lighting Professional, Randall Whitehead says this creates a ‘glare bomb,’ visually overpowering everything in the space including family and friends.

To avoid overpowering your loved ones with your kitchen light, we’ve identified the best places to add task lighting.


Top places to add kitchen task lighting:

  • Under kitchen cabinets
  • Over the central island
  • Over food prep and cooking stations
  • Over the kitchen sink and clean up area
  • In or at the pantry


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