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Save in Style: Six Ways to Light Your Kitchen with LEDs


LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are a kind of light source that save both energy and money. However, functionality is not the only benefit of LED lighting. Because they come in all shapes, sizes and colors, LEDs provide a great deal of flexibility when it comes to creating a functional but stylish space. This is particularly true when introducing LED lighting to your kitchen.

No matter what kind of cooking you do, your kitchen is essentially a workspace. When done right, LED lighting can help create a bright but comfortable environment for your work in the kitchen. From introducing accent lighting to illuminating the whole room, using LEDs will completely transform your kitchen space. Here are some ideas to get you started.

#1: Make Yourself at Home With Above Cabinet LED Lighting

Depending on the set up of your kitchen cabinets, placing warm LED lights above the cabinets creates a homey glow throughout the entire room. The benefit of above cabinet lighting is its ability to create workable light in the kitchen without flooding the space with light. Because LEDs are so energy efficient, using above cabinet LED lighting is a good option if you want to keep your kitchen illuminated all night.

#2: Create a Classy Look With Recessed Ceiling LED Lighting

You cannot get much classier than recessed ceiling lights in the kitchen. Canned lighting is one of the best ways to illuminate an entire space. In the kitchen, recessed ceiling LED lighting is particularly helpful in saving space and making the kitchen feel brighter and larger. If you have high ceilings, LED lighting is a better option for recessed ceiling lights, since LEDs can last as long as twenty years.

#3: Make Your Kitchen Glow With LED Toe Kick Lights

Nothing makes a kitchen space feel warm and welcoming like strategically placed toe kick lights. When placed below island counters and appliances, toe kicks go a long way toward accenting the lighting in your kitchen. One idea is to make the accent lighting with toe kicks a different color, adding warmth and style to your kitchen space. Like above cabinet LED lighting, LED toe kick lights are a good option for providing illumination at night without running up a high electricity bill.

#4: Put Your Kitchen on Display With Cabinet Interior LED Lighting

If you have open faced or glass-fronted cabinets, it is a good idea to light up that space with LEDs. Whether you are displaying your grandmother’s china or your wine collection, LED lights are small and flexible enough to highlight any space and for any reason. The small, warm lights can be hidden either at the back of the cabinet with rope lights or at the top of the cabinet with mounted puck lights.

#5: Use LED Under Cabinet Lights for a Functional Workspace

While recessed lighting is a great option for illuminating the entire kitchen, sometimes you need more illumination on the countertops where you work. Placing LEDs under your cabinets will make the workspace bright enough for any kitchen task. Not only that, but it is easy to place just one or two LED lights at a time. This means you can choose to turn on the under cabinet lights only where and when you need them.

#6: Customize Your Kitchen With LED Task Lighting

Have we mentioned that LEDs are flexible? You can even go so far as to place individual lighting systems in the drawers and darker corners of your kitchen. If you keep a KitchenAid stand mixer in the corner, for instance, you can install a LED light directly above it and only turn it on when you use the mixer. Installing lights in drawers, too, can help you avoid having to turn on bigger and brighter lights while you work.

Have you used LEDs in your kitchen? Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section below!

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