12 Ways to Light Your Kitchen With LEDs

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are energy-saving light sources that continue for years and provide tremendous flexibility for the design project. They can be used for task lighting, general room lighting and accent lighting. Here are some sensible-style methods to incorporate them into your kitchen.

Structures, Inc..

LEDs make great accent lighting for floating shelves. Their slim profile makes them ideal for this application.

Palmer Todd

Recessed ceiling lighting are a primary source of room illumination in many kitchens. Traditionally, they have used halogen or other incandescent sources. New remodeling kits allow you to replace those fixtures easily and more easily with durable, energy-saving LEDs. Another advantage: If your ceilings are high, you might not ever have to drag the ladder out again to change a bulb: LEDs can last up to 20 decades.

Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs

Glass countertops can be lit from below by LED lighting. They supply dramatic accent lighting to get a glass countertop’s exquisite translucent surface.

Mal Corboy Design

Toekicks are a terrific spot to add LEDs to your kitchen. They can provide both accent lighting and nighttime illumination. More about this toekick layout

Gast Architects

LEDs can be used to highlight architectural features, like the tray ceiling or cove molding in a conventional kitchen.

Sophisticated Construction Inc..

Under-cabinet lighting is an ideal application for LED lighting. Contrary to halogens, LEDs stay cool, so that your hands do not get hot as you are working below them.

Stonewood, LLC

If you are displaying your serveware or collectibles in glass-fronted cabinets, consider light their interiors with LEDs. Options include rope light which can hide behind faceframes or puck lights which hide in the cupboard tops. Glass shelves allow the light flow from the surface of the cupboard to the bottom.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

You do not need to limit your cupboard interior lighting to accent just. LEDs, like Hafele’s Loox system, shown here, can be utilized as task lighting for drawers, deep foundations, dark corners and other areas needing more illumination.

CKD, jamie Gold, CAPS

LEDs set up behind a translucent backsplash — like this Varia Ecoresin out of 3Form — will be an ideal accent light application.


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Pendant lights continue to be popular in kitchens, particularly over islands and peninsulas. Happily, there is an increasingly large choice of LED-powered pendants which conserve energy while not stinting on style.

After reserved for dining rooms and ballrooms, chandeliers have become popular fixtures for kitchens, also. If this is the look you are seeking for your conventional kitchen, consider searching to get an LED-powered fixture. The choice, although still small, is growing every year.

Billinkoff Architecture PLLC

Some ceilings cannot accommodate recessed lighting, or are too high for them to present enough functional illumination. In such scenarios, you are likely going to utilize track, cable or monorail llights, as shown here. New versions are being introduced which benefit from LED energy savings and durability.

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