What You Should Consider Before Installing Your Residential Kitchen Lighting Design

residential kitchen lighting design

Properly set up and designed lighting is essential in any residential kitchen. Efficient lighting provides you with a conducive kitchen to effectively perform domestic tasks; including cooking, serving and cleaning. Hence, you need to consider several factors before turning the lighting design for your residential kitchen into reality. 

You may have to redesign your kitchen lighting if you end up with poor kitchen lighting, hence you should make use of experienced designers. We discuss what you should consider before installing your residential kitchen lighting design.

Natural Lighting

A dining room table in front of a window

This is an important factor that needs careful consideration. Even though artificial lighting serves as the main source of light in a kitchen, it’s relationship with natural lighting is just as important. It is advisable to make the total surface area of the kitchen windows at least 1 out of 10 of the total wall surface area. 

The windows should also be placed looking out to the sky or an open exterior. Poorly placed kitchen windows bring in a lot of glare, and diminish the improved effect that natural light brings into a kitchen. This is why you need a professional to carefully consider the placement of the windows in tandem with the relationship between natural and artificial lighting. Perfectly placed windows bring in natural light which further enhance the effectiveness in a residential kitchen.

Light Fittings

A kitchen with a sink and a mirror

Installed light fittings in a residential kitchen should be easy and quick to clean. This will help to keep these fittings from contaminating food items. Suspended light fittings will collect dust over time, and may contaminate food. You should instead consider installing fittings mounted on surfaces or recessed on ceilings.

You should also consider the type of light diffuser to install. Install light diffusers that not only aid in the distribution of light, but also comfortably collect shattered glass pieces.

Emergency Lighting

In the case of an emergency, say fire, in a residential kitchen, there should be emergency lighting installed to guide inhabitants to safety. You’ll need emergency lighting that runs on independent power supply. This is to ensure that the emergency lights automatically turn on during an emergency, even in the case of power failure.

Any area with potential hazard, and also all exits, should be provided its own emergency lighting. Make the lights evenly spaced out to ensure even lighting levels for easy evacuation. 


Your residential kitchen lighting design is essential to the overall outlook and efficiency of the kitchen. This is why you need to adequately consider some factors before installing these lighting. Hence, we discuss what you should consider before installing your residential kitchen lighting design.

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