3 Types of Lighting Needed In Your Kitchen

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Layering Your Kitchen Lights

There’s a lot more to kitchen lighting than hanging a few cool pendants. Be sure to include these three type of lights in your kitchen.

1. Ambient Lights (General)
This provides the overall illumination for the kitchen. Choose a soft glow that is bright but not glaring. It can come from recessed or surface mounted pendants, chandeliers, or wall-mounted sconces.

2. Task
This lighting is focused on areas such as food prep or cleanup. Typically this lighting comes from pendants, undercabinet, recessed, or track fixtures. To plan, think about which jobs you’ll complete where.

3. Accent
This type of lighting highlights design elements, such as items displayed on shelves, or special architectural elements. It comes from wall-mounted lights, angled, or pendants and should be significantly brighter than the surrounding ambient lighting.

By Dana Ash-McGinty

Dana Ash-McGinty is the Principal Broker of ASH | MCGINTY, a Washington, DC Real Estate Brokerage. This real estate maven has 15+ years experience in residential, commercial and land sales in addition to multi-state residential renovation, re-zoning, and condo conversion projects. A sought after real estate authority, she has been featured on CNN and in various real estate and financial publications. Dana is married to the highly esteemed Dr. Dana W. McGinty, a Washington, DC internal medicine physician and medical correspondent. They are often referred to as "The Danas".

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