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Recessed Light
Recessed Light
Under-cabinet recessed lights can be used in specific zones for tasks. SHAPE: Round, square or rectangular. STYLE: Deep, adjustable, sloped, shallow, track, panel. TYPICAL USES: General overhead illumination; tasks. DESIGN TIP: Use a minimal number of well-placed lights for best effect. (By Rebecca Razo; photo by Bret Gum.)
Pendant Lights
Pendant Lights
Pendants often consist of a single low-haning light suspended form one cord, although multi-light/multi-cord pendants are becoming more popular. Pendants are stylish and work well in almost any design aesthetic. They can also be hung in pairs and trios for added panache. SHAPE: Bell, bowl, cone, cylinder, drum, lantern, linear, round, square, star. STYLE: Single-light, multi-light, directional, track, rail, mini. TYPICAL USES: over sink, dinette and island. DESIGN TIP: Hang two or three matching pendants over an island for a unique visual effect. (By Rebecca Razo; photo by Bret Gum.)
Chandelier
Chandelier
Traditionally, chandeliers have been mainstays in formal dining rooms. But as kitchens and dining areas continue to evolve, an increasing number of homeowners are incorporating chandeliers into their kitchen designs, including over eat-in areas, banquettes and even for general overhead illumination. SHAPE: Bell, bowl, cone, cylinder, drum, lantern, linear, round, square, star. STYLE: Crystal, beaded, shell, candle, glass, metal, mission, antler, pot rack. TYPICAL USES: General overhead illumination. DESIGN TIP: Install a mini-chandelier in the kitchen above a banquette or eat-in area for added elegance. (By Rebecca Razo; photo by Mark Tanner.)
Flush Mount or Semi-Flush Mount
Flush Mount or Semi-Flush Mount
A flush mount ceiling fixture is exactly as it sounds—flush to the ceiling. It is best for general overhead illumination and lights broad areas brightly and evenly. Semi-flush mount ceiling fixtures have a slight drop, allowing the light to reflect of the ceiling and thereby softening its effects. Semi-flush fixtures work well in conjunction with task and ambient lighting. SHAPE: Rectangular, round, square, bowl. STYLE: Single-light, multi-light, directional, track, mini. TYPICAL USES: General overhead illumination. DESIGN TIP: Ideal for low ceilings. (By Rebecca Razo; photo courtesy of Thinkstock.com.)
Ceiling Fan
Ceiling Fan
The ultimate functional light for a warm kitchen, ceiling fan lights double-task and come in both flush and semi-flush. SHAPE: Single blade, multi-blade, single light, multi-light. STYLE: Wood, metal. TYPICAL USES: General overhead illumination. DESIGN TIP: Useful in the kitchen to complement range-hood fan. (By Rebecca Razo; photo courtesy of Thinkstock.com.)
Wall Light
Wall Light
Wall sconces are great task lights, perfect for nooks and over sinks because they provide function without the harsh effects of some overhead lights. SHAPE: Bell, bowl, cone, cylinder, rectangular, round, square. STYLE: Sconce, swing arm. TYPICAL USES: task, accent, ambience. DESIGN TIP: Perfect for nooks, built-in office areas and over sinks. (By Rebecca Razo; photo courtesy of Mark Tanner.)