Bright Ideas: Kitchen Lighting

Here's a rundown of the most functional and beautiful types of indoor lighting.
Pendant Light Trio Over Kitchen Island

Pendant Light Trio Over Kitchen Island

Whether you're illuminating an entire space, a work surface or the kitchen's architectural feature, here's a guide to pick the best lighting for the job.

Whether you're illuminating an entire space, a work surface or the kitchen's architectural feature, here's a guide to pick the best lighting for the job.

Interior designers are turning more frequently to lighting designers to help them provide the most functional and beautiful lighting in the kitchen.

These designers point out the three types of lighting for any room: general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting.

  • General lighting illuminates the entire space as you come into the room and helps you move around safely. The most common types of general lighting are cloud lights (fluorescent fixtures surface-mounted to the ceiling) and recessed cans.
  • Task lighting shines a shadow-free light directly at a work surface. Undercounter lighting provides highly desirable task lighting in the kitchen. Puck or strip halogen lights installed underneath the cabinet are the most common and effective choices to illuminate counter work surfaces.
  • Accent lighting is used to accentuate an architectural feature or decorative accessory. It can create dramatic impact in any room. Spotlights and up lights are often used for accent lighting, as well as colorful table lamps and pendant lights.

The most popular type of lighting is halogen lights, which can be used in recessed cans, pendant lights or spotlights.

Fluorescent lighting has evolved over the years to warmer, color-corrected tones. It is quiet, instant-on and economical.

Next Up

Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Explore your options for bathroom lighting ideas, and get ready to create a welcoming and well-lit bath space in your home.

How to Choose Kitchen Lighting

Get tips on layering the four types of lighting in your kitchen remodel

Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Outdoor kitchen lighting affects everything from food preparation to mosquito control and is an important part of the design and performance of any outdoor kitchen.

Bedroom Light Fixtures: Ideas and Options

Explore the many choices in bedroom light fixtures to find the perfect lighting plan for your bedroom.

Bathroom Lighting Fixtures

Get all the info you'll need on bathroom lighting fixtures, and prepare to add stylish illumination to your bath space.

Designing Bathroom Lighting

Learn how to put the right amount of light in the right place

Bedroom Recessed Lighting

Recessed light fixtures can bathe your bedroom in ambient light or accent special features.

Bedroom Lighting Ideas and Styles

Choosing lights for your bedroom remodel can be fun, but it's best to have a plan to ensure that your new space has the look you truly want.

Hanging Lights for Bedrooms

Pendant lights and chandeliers can add romance and elegance when hanging from the ceiling of your bedroom.

3 Basic Types of Lighting

Learn about ambient, accent and task lighting and how to use each in your home


Catch Up With Our Blogs

We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, DIY projects, clever entertaining tips & more.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.