Kitchen Lighting Buying Guide

The kitchen is already where much of the hardest work occurs in the home, and lighting can make that work more enjoyable and efficient. A lot of layers of light go into a well-lit kitchen.

Types of Kitchen Lighting

Types of Kitchen Lighting

Even the smallest of kitchens needs more than one source of light. In fact, every kitchen works best with three types: overall, task, and accent lighting. Fortunately, a world of kitchen lighting choices exists to fit every budget, style, and square footage. Review your options in chandeliers, pendants, ceiling fans, sconces, undercabinet lighting, ceiling fixtures, track lighting, and recessed lighting to create a kitchen that offers flexibility, durability, and charm.

Chandeliers

Most often used for overall light, chandeliers provide a central focal point in a kitchen. In larger kitchens, consider grouping several smaller chandeliers for best impact.

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Pendants

Pendants provide overall or task lighting at multiple points in a room, such as above a long island. With the advent of very small pendants, this kitchen lighting option also works well in smaller cooking spaces.

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Ceiling Fans with Lights

For both air circulation and overall illumination, ceiling fans with lights offer a terrific kitchen lighting option. Try a larger one over a main working space and a smaller version in an eating nook.

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Her and Him
$202.64

High quality cardboard from sustainably managed forestry (PEFC), table lamp consisting of 24 wings, paper diffuser for soft and pl...easant light, with two rosettes with retaining rings, 2m red textile cable with white switches and plugs, red / black, designed and manufactured in Munich-Germany, assembled in cooperation with an institution for people with disabilities, awarded the red dot design award, patented system, pleasant soft light, pure and simple design, smooth and dirt-resistant surface, wipe able, not electrostatic, therefore does not attract dust, easy to assemble, small packaging. read more

NuTone
$125.22

Step up in style with the sleek, contemporary look of recessed lighting. The NuTone 70 CFM Recessed Fan/Light virtually disappears... into the ceiling with your other recessed lights and is so unobtrusive, you won't even recognize it's a vent fan. The... read more

$225.00

Clean, understated lines in pure white. 52"Dia. x 15"T; canopy, 5"Dia. Handcrafted of steel and plywood with opal glass cover. Thr...ee-speed pull-chain operation with manual reverse. Integral halogen light kit. High-performance 172mm motor. Remote control adaptable. Direct wire; assembly and professional installation required. Hardware included. Imported. Boxed weight, approximately 20 lbs. read more

Sconces

Most often used for task or accent lighting in a kitchen, sconces provide wonderful uplight against a wall. Place a series on a dimmer and use sconces to help with illuminating areas around a kitchen.

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John-Richard Collection
$350.00

Two-light sconce. Made of metal with a hand-applied silver-gold metallic finish. Linen hardback shades. Uses two 60-watt bulbs. Pr...ofessional installation required. 13"W x 8"D x 24"T. Imported. Boxed weight, approximately 7.3 lbs. Please note that this item may require additional shipping charges. read more

$395.00

EXCLUSIVELY OURS. One-light sconce. 8.5"W x 7"D x 13.3"T. Natural quartz and metal. Polished-nickel finish. Uses one 60-watt bulb.... Direct wire; professional installation required. Imported. Weight, 12 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 16 lbs. Please note that this item may require additional shipping charges. read more

$610.00

"Brass and crystal combine to create this striking lighting fixture. The brass is finished in Coffee Bronze and the crystal sparkl...es with clear brilliance. A Beige Shantung shade is included. PRODUCT NAME: Sebastian Wall Sconce DIMENSIONS: 16h x 12d x 9w NUMBER OF LIGHTS: 1 SHADES: Beige Shantung 7x7x7 MATERIAL: Brass/Crystal FINISH: Coffee Bronze WATTAGE PER LIGHT: 60 TOTAL WATTAGE: 60 BULB TYPE: Candelabra Leadtime: Please allow 1-2 weeks to ship out and receive tracking.  Occasionally Currey & Co. pieces run an extended lead time. We will contact customers within 48 hours with any extended lead time details.  *Please note, this item is excluded from sale events." read more

$990.00

"A bisected Screw Turritella shell makes for an ultra hip wall sconce that will bring an edgy aura to any coastal home. Antique Br...ass finish and a square fabric shade tops off this brass fixture. DIMENSIONS: 12w x 19h x 4d NUMBER OF LIGHTS: 1 MATERIAL: Brass FINISH: Antique Brass DOWNLOAD PRODUCT SPECIFICATION SHEETLeadtime: Please allow 1-2 weeks to ship out and receive tracking.  Occasionally Currey & Co. pieces run an extended lead time. We will contact customers within 48 hours with any extended lead time details.  *Please note, this item is excluded from sale events." read more

Undercabinet Lighting

For both task and accent sources of light, undercabinet fixtures are a must-have option for kitchen lighting. Many newer LED versions work for retrofitting an existing kitchen.

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Koncept
$202.50

With the Koncept UCX Undercabinet Light, it's easy to add energy efficient lighting to any undercabinet space. You can tilt the un...it forward or back, attach with magnets or screws, and daisy-chain multiple units to run on a single outlet. Chained units can be individually controlled or synced. Slide your finger along the touchstrip to control power and brightness, or touch anywhere on the strip to jump directly to any brightness. Koncept Technologies, headquartered in Monterey Park, CA, creates high-quality, innovative products that make life simpler and safer for customers. read more

George Kovacs
$35.91

The George Kovacs 21 Inch LED Undercabinet Light offers crisp, dimmable LED cabinet lighting for energy and cost saving luminance.... Rated for up to 30,000 hours of life. The 21 Inch LED Undercabinet Light may be dimmed with an ELV dimmer (sold separately) for bright or ambient lighting preferences. Requires a power supply. The creative and often humorous mid-century modern aesthetic of George Kovacs (1926-2007) made a lasting impression on contemporary lighting. The extraordinary George Kovacs lighting collection, which also includes pieces by Alecia Wesner, Karim Rashid and other mid-century modern lighting designers, is now part of the Minka Group. read more

Maxim Lighting
$98.00

Maxim Lighting CounterMax LED Undercabinet Lighting features a new edge illuminated technology that provides even light without th...e common LED spots on the counter. The enclosed design does not need to be open for either wiring or for mounting. Knockouts for wiring are on a removable plate on the back for quick and easy wiring. Maxim Lighting, headquartered in California, offers high-quality lighting fixtures in a variety of designs, finishes, and glass styles that complement contemporary and transitional interiors. read more

George Kovacs
$33.30

The George Kovacs 10 Inch LED Undercabinet Light offers crisp, dimmable LED cabinet lighting for energy and cost saving luminance.... Rated for up to 30,000 hours of life. The 10 Inch LED Undercabinet Light may be dimmed with an ELV dimmer (sold separately) for bright or ambient lighting preferences. Requires a power supply. The creative and often humorous mid-century modern aesthetic of George Kovacs (1926-2007) made a lasting impression on contemporary lighting. The extraordinary George Kovacs lighting collection, which also includes pieces by Alecia Wesner, Karim Rashid and other mid-century modern lighting designers, is now part of the Minka Group. read more

Ceiling Fixtures

Flush-mount or semiflush-mount ceiling fixtures—a source of overall illumination—often recede into the kitchen ceiling but are no less important in a lighting scheme.

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Minka Lavery
$89.90

Minka's Merrimack Collection of lighting features thick, bold lines and hammered glass. Cast aluminum construction is finished wit...h a Corona Bronze finish. The curves in the design and the hammered glass soften the look for a comfortable, welcoming... read more

Maxim Lighting
$1298.00

The Maxim Lighting Starfire Flush Mount nearly has the same beauty of stalactites from a mystical cave. Mounted on a Polished Chro...me base, the sculpted metal formations extrude from the ceiling with their delicate beveled crystal beads while the high power Xenon bulbs produce an alluring white light diffused by the crystals. Maxim Lighting, headquartered in California, offers high-quality lighting fixtures in a variety of designs, finishes, and glass styles that complement contemporary and transitional interiors. read more

Giclee Gallery
$149.99

This stylish semi-flushmount ceiling light is an excellent choice in overhead lighting. The decorative, custom-printed giclee shad...e features an exclusive pattern. The stem is composed of stacked crystal balls which are complemented by a coordinating... read more

Giclee Gallery
$149.99

This stylish semi-flushmount ceiling light is an excellent choice in overhead lighting. The decorative, custom made-to-order gicle...e shade features an exclusive Tropica pattern. The stem is composed of stacked crystal balls which are complemented by a... read more

Track Lighting

Track lighting lights a kitchen in a variety of ways and the ability to point lamps in multiple directions supplies much-needed flexibility, too.

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WAC Lighting
$830.90 $593.50

This track head is compatible with L-Track system Features: 45 degree vertical tilt Made of aluminum Uses Philips LED Luxeon T Dim...s to 10% with electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer Lamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan. Specifications: Average Hours: 100000 Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Type: LED Color Rendering Index (CRI): 85 Color Temperature: 3000K Depth: 6.375" Dimmable: Yes Height: 2.125" LED: Yes Lumens: 2085 Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Material: Aluminum Number of Bulbs: 1 Track Accessory Type: Track Heads Track System: L-Track UL Rating: Dry Location Voltage: 120v Voltage Type: Low Voltage Wattage: 42 Watts Per Bulb: 42 Compliance: Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States of America. Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark generally use 20%–30% less energy than required by federal standards. UL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratories. This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. read more

WAC Lighting
$873.60 $624.00

This track head is compatible with W-Track system Features: 45 degree vertical tilt Made of aluminum Uses Philips LED Luxeon T Dim...s to 10% with electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer Lamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan. Specifications: Average Hours: 100000 Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Type: LED Color Rendering Index (CRI): 85 Color Temperature: 2700K Depth: 7" Dimmable: Yes Height: 2.125" LED: Yes Lumens: 2110 Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Material: Aluminum Number of Bulbs: 1 Track Accessory Type: Track Heads Track System: W-Track UL Rating: Dry Location Voltage: 120v Voltage Type: Low Voltage Wattage: 42 Watts Per Bulb: 42 Compliance: Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States of America. Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark generally use 20%–30% less energy than required by federal standards. UL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratories. This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. read more

WAC Lighting
$830.90 $593.50

This track head is compatible with L-Track system Features: 45 degree vertical tilt Made of aluminum Uses Philips LED Luxeon T Dim...s to 10% with electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer Lamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan. Specifications: Average Hours: 100000 Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Type: LED Color Rendering Index (CRI): 85 Color Temperature: 2700K Depth: 6.375" Dimmable: Yes Height: 2.125" LED: Yes Lumens: 2110 Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Material: Aluminum Number of Bulbs: 1 Track Accessory Type: Track Heads Track System: L-Track UL Rating: Dry Location Voltage: 120v Voltage Type: Low Voltage Wattage: 42 Watts Per Bulb: 42 Compliance: Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States of America. Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark generally use 20%–30% less energy than required by federal standards. UL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratories. This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. read more

WAC Lighting
$1,008.00 $720.00

WAC Lighting MT-LED318F-CWHS 3 Light 4500K LEDme Flood Light Multispot Housing with Lamp Features: Lights included Specifications:... Lumens: 1530 Color Temperature: 4500K Beam Angle: 25° Wattage: 54w UL Listed: Yes read more

Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting can be used alone or to supplement another overall lighting source, such as a chandelier. For most efficiency, recessed lighting is typically placed at regular intervals around a kitchen.

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Westinghouse
$20.39

Offers a quick and easy home upgrade to current recessed lighting Works with most existing recessed cans that use medium base ligh...t bulbs Perfect for kitchens, family rooms or anywhere you already have recessed lighting Installs quickly and easily with... read more

Progress Lighting
$388.80 $233.28

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in remodel or new construction applications Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 6" read more

Alico
$252.00 $168.00

Dart 2 Inch ADA Compliant Recessed Steplight with Driver Features: Comes complete with housing for new construction and LED driver... Crafted from aluminum Indoor use only Dimensions: Height: 7.5" Width: 2" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Electrical Specifications: Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Base: Integrated LED Wattage: 3 LED: Yes Color Temperature: 3200K read more

Progress Lighting
$259.20 $155.52

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in new construction Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 6" read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

For illumination needs, style requirements, and budget constraints, a number of purchase considerations lead to the proper kitchen lighting setup. You’ll want to make sure t your fixture or fixtures supply overall, task, and accent lighting. Before you buy, make sure to review light combinations, size, material, color and style, and controls and dimmers to find the mix that best fits your kitchen lighting needs.

Light Combinations

How you mix and match light sources will do much to create a pleasing, well-lit room at any time of day. Vary the amount of light supplied by each different light fixture in order to provide versatility.

Size

The size of your kitchen determines the size of lights needed. Different sizes of lights provide different levels of illumination, too. Review your choices for proportion to best fit your kitchen.

Material, Color, and Style

Material, color, and style of kitchen lighting affects how it blends into the room and works with other decorating elements and finishings.

Controls and Dimmers

Each light source should be placed on a different control to enable you to use it as needed to supplement natural light.. Dimmers maximize flexibility and reduce energy consumption.

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Zephyr
$2799.00

Zephyr Arc Collection Layers Designer Island HoodRobert Brunner's bold re-imagining of a classic island range-hood form is a strea...mlined fusion of black or white glass and stainless steel. A slim profile and strips of LED lights enhance the floating effect to lend new meaning to leading edge. Optional duct cover extensions can accommodate contemporary loft-style kitchens with ceilings of up to 12 feet.This sleek island hood is ready for you to choose which blower would work best in your kitchen's setting. Select an internal, in-line or external blower. A recirculating kit is also available for ultimate installation. State-of-the-art touch controls are used to select between three speeds of ventilation and three lighting levels for cooking and resting. What's more, there's a wireless remote control so you can relax and enjoy the great meal you just made.About ZephyrSince the launch of their first hoods in 1997, Zephyr has remained true to their vision of delivering the unexpected-by deliberately seeking to change the marketplace. Zephyr was first to recognize the unmet demand for more powerful, professional-grade hoods in the home. And they answered with the Power series, high-CFM performers that put air quality concerns to rest with quiet efficiency-and raised the bar with self-cleaning, filter-free technologies never before seen. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Zephyr
$2799.00

Zephyr Arc Collection Layers Designer Island HoodRobert Brunner's bold re-imagining of a classic island range-hood form is a strea...mlined fusion of black or white glass and stainless steel. A slim profile and strips of LED lights enhance the floating effect to lend new meaning to leading edge. Optional duct cover extensions can accommodate contemporary loft-style kitchens with ceilings of up to 12 feet.This sleek island hood is ready for you to choose which blower would work best in your kitchen's setting. Select an internal, in-line or external blower. A recirculating kit is also available for ultimate installation. State-of-the-art touch controls are used to select between three speeds of ventilation and three lighting levels for cooking and resting. What's more, there's a wireless remote control so you can relax and enjoy the great meal you just made.About ZephyrSince the launch of their first hoods in 1997, Zephyr has remained true to their vision of delivering the unexpected-by deliberately seeking to change the marketplace. Zephyr was first to recognize the unmet demand for more powerful, professional-grade hoods in the home. And they answered with the Power series, high-CFM performers that put air quality concerns to rest with quiet efficiency-and raised the bar with self-cleaning, filter-free technologies never before seen. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Whirlpool
$399.00 $298.00

This ENERGY STAR-qualified Whirlpool Front Control Dishwasher holds 14 place settings and cleans quietly at 55 dBA. It also provid...es more room for dishes in the lower rack with the AnyWare Plus silverware basket that sits in the door or on the front of... read more

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Kohler
$161.40 $121.05

Kohler K-10571-CP Devonshire Polished Chrome Two Light Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. With a striking combination of curves... and lines reminiscent of old-world design, Devonshire accessories provide distinctive visual impact for bath and powder... read more

Kohler
$371.45 $270.45

Kohler K-11367-BN Forte Vibrant Brushed Nickel Three Light Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. Reflecting the classic style of F...orté faucets, this Transitional triple wall sconce adds creative lighting to your bath or powder room. It features... read more

Kohler
$201.65 $151.24

Kohler K-10571-BN Devonshire Vibrant Brushed Nickel Two Light Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. With a striking combination of... curves and lines reminiscent of old-world design, Devonshire accessories provide distinctive visual impact for bath and... read more

Kohler
$137.35 $103.01

Kohler K-10570-BN Devonshire Vibrant Brushed Nickel Single Light Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. With a striking combination... of curves and lines reminiscent of old-world design, Devonshire accessories provide distinctive visual impact for bath... read more

Kohler
$110.00 $82.50

Kohler K-10570-CP Devonshire Polished Chrome Single Light Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. With a striking combination of cur...ves and lines reminiscent of old-world design, Devonshire accessories provide distinctive visual impact for bath and... read more

Kohler
$337.10 $252.83

Kohler K-10572-2BZ Devonshire Oil Rubbed Bronze Three Light Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. With a striking combination of c...urves and lines reminiscent of old-world design, Devonshire accessories provide distinctive visual impact for bath and... read more

Kohler
$226.80 $170.10

Kohler K-10572-CP Devonshire Polished Chrome Three Light Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. With a striking combination of curv...es and lines reminiscent of old-world design, Devonshire accessories provide distinctive visual impact for bath and powder... read more

Gatco
$75.60 $54.81

Gatco GC1680 Latitude II Polished Chrome Single Sconce Lighting. Lighting > Bathroom Lighting. 100W Max, Medium Base Bulb Required..., 9 1/2" Height x 4 1/2" Width x 4 3/5" Depth, UL Listed, Glass Shade May Face Upward or Downward. read more

Kohler
$232.95 $169.61

Kohler K-11366-BN Forte Vibrant Brushed Nickel Two Light Wall Sconce. Lighting > Wall Sconces. Reflecting the classic style of For...té faucets, this double wall sconce adds creative lighting to your bath or powder room. It features premium metal... read more

Possini Euro Design
$199.99 $149.95

This energy-efficient floor lamp exhibits a low-profile look and design inspired by the Art Deco style popular during the early 20...th century. The glass mushroom shade is as functional as it is visually intriguing. Four arms and a center column extend... read more

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