The best way to light a kitchen depends greatly on the layout, and whether or not the kitchen is also part of a dining or living area. Things you need to consider include:
Task lighting. Very good task lighting is needed in kitchens for food preparation. Work surfaces under wall cupboards are best lit by under cupboard lights. Other work surfaces will need overhead lights that are very carefully positioned to ensure the light isn't blocked when someone stands at the counter.
Ambient lighting. Kitchens need very good levels of light on the work surfaces but less light is needed elsewhere so don't be tempted to plaster the ceiling with downlights as this is unnecessary, inefficient, and creates what some people refer to as 'ceiling acne'!
Decorative/mood lighting. If the kitchen is used for dining, or is part of an open plan living area, you should also consider adding a layer of lighting for mood and atmosphere. This can be achieved by using dimmable under cabinet lights, pendants over island-units/breakfast-bars, small recessed lights in the kickboards, etc.
Integrated lighting. If at all possible you should consider how the kitchen is to be lit alongside the design of the kitchen. Working with your kitchen designer and, if you have one, your lighting designer, you can consider options for lighting built into cupboards and into splashbacks. Glass splashbacks can for example look particularly attractive when back or edge lit.
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