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Kitchen lighting guide

In the kitchen, you’ll want to set the mood but also make sure you’ve got enough light for cooking. Luckily, it’s easy to have everyday practicality as well as an atmospheric ambience. Here's all you need to know about lighting up your kitchen for all occasions.

How to best light your kitchen

Whether it’s a cracking kids' party or a laughter-filled family dinner, a gathering at home often revolves around the kitchen. And getting a good balance of lighting is the first step to playing host.

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Spotlights

If you have multiple worktops, or you like to move around your kitchen while cooking, you’ll want a flexible lighting option. Many kitchen spotlights can be moved and angled in their fittings, which means you can focus them to light up a particular workspace.

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Hanging lights

These are perfect for open-plan kitchens thanks to their even light distribution. They can make an eye-catching addition to the overall look of your space, too. A chic chandelier-inspired design will turn heads if you're a regular host to discerning diners. Or you can go simple and use a single hanging light to bring a breakfast bar to life.

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Cluster lights

These are a compact group of lights that can be attached to the wall or ceiling. They’re especially effective if you want to draw attention to your favourite picture or plant. They come in a range of attractive designs and materials, so can be a feature on their own. 

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Uplighters

Uplighters focus light towards the ceiling, highlighting architectural elements and creating a soft light with a warm, inviting ambience. They look striking when used along the bottom of your cupboards or kitchen island.

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Downlights

Kitchen downlights can come as spotlights or hanging lights, and are just the thing for lighting up a specific part of your space. You can also use them to give the room a more mellow feel for late nights or cosy gatherings.

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Fluorescent unit lights

Unit lights can illuminate worktops, helping you watch what you’re doing on the chopping board. Adding a few underneath your cupboards or above your worktops will give you a lot of light - perfect for late-night baking.

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Is your priority reliability, brightness or energy efficiency? Take a look at which kind of bulb suits you and your kitchen’s needs.

LED bulbs

These bulbs suit many forms of lighting in your kitchen. They are very energy efficient, so you don't need to change them as often as other bulbs.

Halogen bulbs

Compared to standard bulbs, halogen bulbs burn brighter for longer. They produce a very pure, white light, which is great for illuminating cooking spaces.

40-watt bulbs

These are a good choice for accent lighting, such as under-counter lights. 40 watts isn't too bright nor too dim - it's the perfect middle ground for a subtle effect.

60-watt bulbs

If you've got an open-plan kitchen with an island, or a central feature like a dining table, 60-watt bulbs will light everything generously.

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