It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is, after all, the place where meals are prepared and people come together to eat and to socialize. As such, it is important to ensure that the kitchen is a wonderful place to spend time. Choosing the right kitchen light fixtures is essential for making your kitchen welcoming and pleasant. We have put together a superb collection of lighting for kitchens for you to browse. Whether you want a futuristic look for your kitchen or more of a rustic feel, and whether you live in a large sprawling home or a small apartment, we are confident that you will be able to find the ideal light fixtures for you in this range. Whether you are looking for an opulent, designer chandelier to form a stunning centerpiece to your kitchen dining table, or whether you just want some discount wall lighting for a commercial food preparation area, you will find all that you need here. Read on to find out about the various different types of lighting that you can install in your kitchen, and to get some inspiration about how to use lighting to transform this all important part of your living space.
Kitchen Pendant Lighting
Hanging lights always have a very luxurious feel to them, and pendant lighting can be used in the kitchen in many different ways. If you have a dining table in your kitchen, for example, you can use chandelier style kitchen ceiling lights to create a very impressive effect. Simply position the dining table beneath the chandelier and every dinner will turn in to a real banquet. These pendant light fixtures for kitchens come in a variety of styles and designs. Choose pendant lighting fitted with crystals if you want to create a resplendent effect as the crystals catch and scatter the light, for example. Chrome and other metals are perfect for integrating a kitchen chandelier into a modern apartment, whilst wrought iron or brushed brass are ideal for adding a vintage or rustic touch to the kitchen. Another very striking type of pendant lighting to be aware of is kitchen island lighting. This type of light fixture involves a central beam (usually made of metal) from which hang several matching lamps. Kitchen island lights look great when positioned over a breakfast bar – and, in general, kitchen lights over island style features (like breakfast bars, cooking worktops or dining tables) are extremely practical features as they make it easier to eat and cook in the kitchen. One superb type of island lighting is one that is made of exposed metal, creating a cool, industrial look that is great for exposed brick apartments.
Kitchen droplights are another key style of pendant lighting to bear in mind. These very cool looking lights are affixed to a long wire or chain which can either be rigid or which can swing from side to side. Droplights come in a wide variety of different styles. For example, ornamental chains look brilliant in any kitchen, and you can also find droplights that are decorated with floral style metal work, unusual fringed shades and much more. Or, simply choose drop lighting made of clean, curved metal for a futuristic look for your kitchen.
Whether or not you can incorporate pendant lights into your kitchen will, to an extent, depend on its layout. However, we have plenty of different pendant style light fixtures to choose from, and many of them are more than suitable for smaller kitchens. In sum, a pendant light is ideal for creating an attractive centerpiece for your kitchen. Every room in the house can benefit from having a focal point – something that draws the eye and centers the room. So why not use a pendant light to do fulfill this role in your kitchen? Whether you choose something opulent or something functional yet understated (such as a simple, geometric stainless steel branch with several bulbs on), a pendant light will help to pull your kitchen together and give it a definite sense of purpose.
Kitchen Wall Lights
As well as affixing lighting to your kitchen ceiling, you can also enhance the look and feel of this room by adding lighting to the walls. Wall lights for kitchen spaces come in a variety of styles. For example, retro style kitchen lamps can be placed in the corners of the room, turning what would otherwise be a somewhat dark part of the kitchen into a bright and charming space. Smoked glass, metal wrought into floral and other shapes, and painted enamels are all beautiful retro features that you might want to consider for your kitchen. If you have a large kitchen, it can be a good idea to complement hanging lighting with wall lights to ensure that the entire room is brightly lit. Candle tubes can be used in a country kitchen to create a timeless candlelight effect and this can turn a kitchen into a very atmospheric space for dining, sharing a glass of wine, or chatting over a cup of tea. However, kitchen wall lighting comes in all shapes and sizes, from three dimensional geometric designs to simple fluorescent strips, and from pretty shaded lamps to simple, modernist rounded bulbs set in to the wall. So, no matter what your tastes, and no matter what theme or style you are going for with your kitchen, you will find plenty to inspire you in this range.
Wall lights can also be used to highlight particular areas of the kitchen. For example, if you have a blackboard with a shopping list on, a particular picture that you adore hanging on the wall, a prize plate affixed to the wall, or simply an attractive rack of spices or mugs, placing your wall lights close to these points of interest is a very good idea. Wall lighting can help to draw people's attention towards the things in the kitchen that you want them to see – whether that is a framed recipe of your favorite cake or a family photograph. As you browse our wide range of inventory, think about what points in your kitchen you would light to highlight and how wall lighting can help you to do that.
Another thing to consider is how your wall lighting is going to work with other types of lighting in the kitchen, such as ceiling lights. You can pick wall lights that match the ceiling lights in design and color or you can use wall lights that differ from yet still complement your ceiling lights. For example, if your ceiling lighting creates a very bright, unfiltered light, you might want to opt for wall lighting that uses shades or tinted glass to create a softer more diffuse flow. That way, you can switch on the ceiling lights when you need ultra bright illumination as you are preparing food and you can switch them off and turn on the wall lights in order to create a gentle, cozy atmosphere for dining in. There is no need to be totally uniform with your wall lighting either in the kitchen. An eclectic choice of different styles of wall lighting can really add interest and personality to both modern and traditional kitchens. So let your creativity run wild.
Using Kitchen Spotlights to Make Life Easier
Lighting for kitchens should not just be aesthetically appealing. It should also have a practical purpose: making cooking, preparing meals, and eating them in the kitchen as easy and enjoyable as can be. One way in which you can achieve this goal is by using spotlights to pinpoint important parts of the kitchen. These lights can be switched on and off as and when they are needed, independently of the main kitchen lighting (which might consist of wall lights or kitchen island lights, for example). Kitchen cupboard lights can be used to make it easier to find things in the cupboards – no more scrabbling around in the darkness attempting to find that perfect ingredient. Alternatively, led kitchen lighting can be positioned in cupboards or along shelves in order to illuminate a prized display of crockery. Kitchen sink lighting will mean that washing up goes so much smoothly, and that the sink can be kept clean and bright with ease as it will be easier to see the metal elements when you are cleaning. Another useful way to use kitchen spot lights is to highlight areas of your kitchen work table, or your dining area. When performing fine tuned tasks such as mincing garlic or arranging salad leaves as a garnish, a bright spot light will help to make life so much easier by ensuring that you can see everything crisply and clearly.
Kitchen spotlights do not need to be purely functional, however. You can also use them to pinpoint parts of your kitchen that you are particularly proud of. If you love your collection of vintage recipe books, for example, why not show them off with a subtle spotlight? Or, if you have a gorgeous crockery collection displayed in the corner of the kitchen work surface, placing a spotlight above them will help to show off your pride and joy for all to see.
One very handy type of kitchen spotlight is one that can be adjusted. Angle poise spotlight style lights are great for placing above a kitchen work surface so that you can twist and turn them depending on what you want to be lit up – your recipe book, your chopping board, or the garnish that you are so carefully arranging on the plate. These convenient adjustable spotlights can come in a variety of stainless and wipe clean metals so that they are very easy to keep hygienic at all times.
Kitchen spotlights do not need to be the only lights in your kitchen. You can combine them with wall and ceiling lights and switch them on and off only when they are needed. In fact, it is always a good idea to have a variety of different light sources in a kitchen as then you can easily adjust the lighting depending on what you are working on and the atmosphere that you want to create. So switch on those spotlights whenever you need to concentrate on the task in hand.
Kitchen Lighting for Commercial Spaces
When it comes to commercial kitchens in restaurants, hotels or other food preparation units, it is crucial that kitchen light fittings function properly at all times, and also adhere to health and safety guidelines. In order to make corridors and other spaces in a commercial kitchen safe, for example, it can be a very good idea to install kitchen track lighting along the walls and ceilings. Flush mount kitchen lighting is a very simple solution here, as it is attractive, practical and very easy to keep clean and hygienic. Wipe clean plastic and durable energy saving bulbs are standard features of this type of lighting.
Even a simple array of fluorescent panels can help to ensure that nobody slips or trips up as they are walking along the kitchen corridors or aisles. In addition, these light fixtures can be made to be motion sensitive so that they switch on only when someone is approaching or using the kitchen, and they switch off when the kitchen is deserted. This is beneficial for several reasons. Firstly, for example, it means that kitchen workers can keep their hands free – there is no need to switch lights on and off by hand. This not only means that people using hot or heavy items do not need to worry about switching lights on as well; it also means that there is less risk of contamination resulting from kitchen workers touching light switches again and again with their hands and preparing food at the same time. Kitchen overhead lights are indispensable here, too, as they ensure that all chefs and other kitchen workers can see what they are doing at all times and can carry out their work with the utmost ease. Secondly, motion sensitive panel lighting will help to save your business money on energy bills, as you will only be using your lighting when it is actually needed.
Kitchen unit lights and kitchen counter lighting can also be used in an industrial setting to highlight particular areas of the kitchen such as work surfaces, food preparation points and cabinets full of specialty equipment. Many restaurants choose to make their kitchens visible to customers – this can be a great way of securing customers' trust in the food preparation process and also adding a little interest to the dining experience. Where this is the case, it is especially crucial to ensure that the kitchen lighting looks appealing, safe and scrupulously clean and contemporary.
If your kitchen has a serving bar, for example, where customers' food is to be placed before serving staff collects it, then it is important to ensure that this area of the kitchen looks attractive and clean. The addition of some clean and bright kitchen bar lights is one of the best options here. Customers will definitely build up an appetite when they see their food laid out on a stylishly lit serving bar.
Kitchen Table Lighting
One very effective way of creating a cozy feel in a kitchen is to place a large standing lamp in the middle of the kitchen table. This can provide a lovely focal point for everyone to eat around and it will create a wonderfully atmospheric glow if it is used when all of the main lights in the kitchen have been switched off. A country style lantern that features matte metal and candle style bulbs is great for a traditional kitchen, for example, or you can opt for colorful led lights in the center of a breakfast bar in a modern apartment. Kitchen table lighting can provide a real focal point of the room, moreover, so why not look for something unique from a creative contemporary designer? That way, your kitchen table light will also assume the role of an objet d'art that is displayed for all to see. Something like this is really worth the price tag as it turns a kitchen from a simple space for cooking in to a marvelous room where people positively enjoy being.
Standing lamps can be used in kitchens in areas other than tables, too. For example, if you have an awkwardecorner in your kitchen, you can turn it into a beautiful space by adding some shelves in to the recess and placing various objects on them such as recipe books, prized plates on stands and – of course – lamps. This style of kitchen-recessed lighting is very attractive and helps to brighten up what might otherwise be a gloomy corner of the room.
In addition, not many people use standing lamps in the kitchen, perhaps due to the preconception that this type of lighting is more suited to dining rooms and living rooms. However, a standing lamp will also help to add elegance to a kitchen corner, and it is definitely a good option to consider. So, browse our range to get some more ideas. Your kitchen could really be crying out for some standing lamps (whether on tables, on shelves or simply placed on the floor) to complement the wall and ceiling lighting in the room.
Add a Unique Touch with Accessories for Your Kitchen Lights
Once you have chosen your kitchen lights, you do not need to stop there. We have plenty of superb accessories that can be added to wall, ceiling, standing and recessed lighting for the kitchen. Add some decorative crystals to the light fixtures in your kitchen, for example, and you will instantly add a chic touch to the room. Or, use ornamental chains, metal work roses and wrought metal brackets to add a personalized touch to your kitchen lighting. If you want to alter the color and quality of your lighting then fabric, glass or metal shades will enable you to do this. Rosy glass shades around bulbs, for example, help to create a warm and gentle glow that is evocative of candlelight.
Of course, fabric shades, especially those with fringes, are not always suitable for areas of the kitchen that are used for food preparation as they can absorb odors and also present difficulties when it comes to cleaning them and keeping them hygienic. However, a fabric shade on a kitchen ceiling light can look very attractive, and if you have a large kitchen, it can be a good idea to buy such colorful shades for any lights that go inside a pantry or beside a bookshelf on which recipe books are kept as this adds a cute touch to the room. This option is especially suitable for rustic kitchens.
Adding accessories to your kitchen lighting is a cheap way to transform this important room in your house. So, if you are on a strict budget and want to be able to rejuvenate your kitchen lights in a cost effective way, browsing our selection of kitchen light accessories is an excellent idea.
Delve into Our Expansive Collection of Lights for Kitchens
Lighting is an important factor in any kitchen, and the light fixtures that are installed in a kitchen ought to be attractive, appropriate for the space, and very practical and easy to use as well. Kitchen lighting comes in various forms, including wall, ceiling, table, and recess lighting. Choosing your new lighting from our expansive range is very enjoyable, and really will help you to make the most of your kitchen. Whether you want to recreate the feel of a traditional rustic hearth or whether you just want some affordable flush mounted lighting for a commercial food preparation point, we will have just what you need. From the charmingly retro to the sleek and contemporary, and from the eye catching glamorous to the subtly functional, kitchen lighting can be whatever you want it to be. Visit wegotlites.com to find your perfect fixture.