Common Mistakes in Kitchen Lighting
Beware the 'glare bomb,' warns Randall Whitehead, IALD.
 
What’s the most common mistake when it comes to kitchen lighting?

Trying to light the entire kitchen with one fixture centered in the ceiling. It ends up being a “glare bomb,” visually overpowering everything in the space—including family and friends.

The best lighting layers task, ambient, accent and decorative lighting into an effective blend. No single light source can provide all the necessary illumination.

For example, optimum task light comes between your head and the work surface. That’s why the lighting located below the upper cabinets is so effective. If the cabinets don’t go all the way to the ceiling, indirect lighting installed on top will provide a soft ambient light. Each layer is an important piece of the puzzle.

Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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