The old adage “the kitchen is the heart of the home” was never more true than it is today. Every day in kitchens across America, children are having an afternoon snack while doing their homework, friends are gathering for after work cocktails and tasty appetizers and families are celebrating every occasion from Johnny’s first birthday to the first Christmas with Johnny’s new baby.
Because it is such an important room in the house, the kitchen is one of the first areas homeowners upgrade. What is often ignored in kitchen upgrades, however, is lighting.
Upgrading your kitchen lighting will not only improve the functionality of your kitchen, it will also improve the value of your home. Well-lit homes stage and sell better than others, so upgrading your kitchen lighting is a renovation that pays for itself in the end.
Here are some ideas for kitchen lighting upgrades:
Track lighting lets you focus the light where you need it. Available for incandescent, fluorescent and high- and low-voltage halogen bulbs, track lighting can improve the visibility in your cabinets, especially deep or corner units.
Under Cabinet Lighting
Cabinets running along the walls above your counter might cast shadows in areas where you perform intricate cooking jobs like dicing and mixing. Under cabinet lighting can greatly improve the visibility in your kitchen, and an electrician can retrofit these light fixtures under your cabinets easily.
Light fixtures are one of the best ways to showcase your style in the kitchen, and for an electrician or carpenter, changing them out would be a snap. Add news fixtures that match your kitchen’s décor and you’ll add a unique touch to your kitchen.
Recessed lighting can add a warm glow to your kitchen in addition to providing functional lighting where you need it. Recessed lighting is especially handy in spots where you’ll be cutting up vegetables or reading recipes.
Upgrading your kitchen lighting is a great way to improve the look and functionality of your kitchen, so don’t forget this important component next time you’re remodeling. When it comes to lighting and electrical work, however, don’t attempt the do-it-yourself route. It’s always best to hire a licensed electrician to handle any job that requires wiring.