3 Valuable Kitchen Lighting Types for an IG-Worthy Space

Kitchen lighting is essential in creating a highly-functional and visually appealing space. Not only does it help you see what you’re cooking, but it also sets the mood and ambiance in the room. Thankfully, with the right combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting, you can transform your kitchen into a well-lit space that’s more than just for cooking and eating.

In this article, we’ll explore the three basic kitchen lighting types, discuss their applications, and provide some examples. So put down your knife and fork, and let’s shed some light on your kitchen.

1. Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting, or general lighting, is the primary light source of your kitchen. It provides a uniform illumination, setting the overall tone and atmosphere of the room. It is the base upon which we build the rest of your kitchen lighting plan.


  • Ceiling-mounted fixtures
  • Recessed ceiling lights
  • Chandelier
Ambient kitchen lights
Set the perfect kitchen atmosphere and provide a uniform base layer of light with ambient lighting.


Ceiling-mounted lights
Ambient lighting blends with task and accent lights to create a balanced, multi-dimensional kitchen space.
Recessed ceiling lights in a kitchen
Recessed ceiling lights provide a sleek, unobtrusive solution for ambient illumination.

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2. Task Lighting

As the name suggests, task lighting provides focused illumination to help you perform specific kitchen tasks, such as chopping vegetables, reading recipes, or washing dishes.


  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • Hob lighting
  • Table lamp
  • Pendant lighting
Pendant lights over a kitchen island
Maximize kitchen efficiency and safety with task lighting.


Under-cabinet lighting fixture
Illuminate your sink area with under-cabinet lighting to improve visibility and make dishwashing more efficient and enjoyable.
Range hood kitchen light
Hob lighting ensures optimal visibility while cooking, preventing accidents and enhancing the overall functionality of your kitchen workspace.

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3. Accent Lighting

Accent lighting enhances the aesthetics and ambiance of your kitchen by highlighting specific design elements, such as artworks or architectural features. While not as essential as ambient or task lighting, it can elevate your kitchen’s overall beauty by adding depth, dimension, and visual interest to specific areas in the room.


  • Above-cabinet lighting
  • Track lighting
  • Wall sconce
  • Toe kick lighting
Accent kitchen lights
Accent lighting adds visual interest and depth to your kitchen by highlighting specific design elements, such as artworks or architectural features, creating a cozy and inviting ambiance.


Inside cabinet lights
Inside cabinet lights add a subtle glow highlighting your prized kitchenware and elevating your overall ambiance.
Above cabinet kitchen lights
Elevate your kitchen's aesthetic with above-cabinet lighting, casting a warm glow that accentuates design elements and creates a cozy atmosphere.


The three basic kitchen lighting types each serve a unique purpose in creating a functional, comfortable, and visually appealing space. By carefully considering each lighting type’s placement, fixtures, and usage, you can design a well-lit and attractive kitchen that meets your needs and enhances your overall experience. In addition, use LED lights as they offer higher energy efficiency, longer lifespan, and superior performance compared to traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs.

Remember that the size and layout of your kitchen play a crucial role in determining the most suitable lighting plan. Assess your kitchen’s dimensions and configuration to effectively choose and position lighting fixtures for optimal functionality and visual appeal.

Lastly, consult an interior designer to customize a well-balanced kitchen lighting plan that caters to your needs and preferences. A professional expert can help you make informed decisions and ensure your kitchen lighting is practical and aesthetically pleasing.

So, there you have it—the recipe for a perfectly illuminated kitchen! It’s time to mix up a delightful blend of ambient, task, and accent lighting, creating a well-balanced space that’s both practical and pleasing. Remember, a well-lit kitchen is the secret ingredient to a happier and more efficient cooking experience. So grab your chef’s hat, put on your apron, and let your culinary creativity shine bright in your radiant kitchen!

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Visit us today and discover how our premium countertop materials can transform your kitchen into a stylish and functional space that complements your lighting design.

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Miguel Aquino

Miguel Aquino

Miguel Aquino is the General Manager of Stone Depot, one of the Philippines' leading suppliers of granite, marble, and quartz. Since 2010, he has been in the stone industry, working for a similar company in Balintawak, Quezon City.

You can find him playing Magic: the Gathering at a hobby store every Friday night.

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