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Kitchen Lighting Ideas That Will Transform Your Home

Whatever shape or size your kitchen island may be, we can guarantee one thing: the lighting you choose for your kitchen island can transform your kitchen dramatically. The right choice of lighting can make the kitchen island a focal point for brightness and pleasing aesthetics, while on the practical side, it also helps to give plenty of needed task lighting for cooking or eating.

By following the guidelines in this article, you can quickly transform your kitchen island from drab to fab with modern kitchen island lighting. We know you’re just as excited as we are - so let’s get started!&nbsp

A Few Essential Measurements

The first thing you need to do before picking out the perfect kitchen island light fixtures is measure! The following essential measurements can help you zero-in on the perfect lighting option much faster:

The Dimensions of the Kitchen Island

Typically, the kitchen island lights should not go beyond the surface area of the kitchen island itself. That’s why measuring the length and width of the island’s surface will be very helpful in determining how big your light fixture should be or how many the lights you should install if you’re considering pendant lighting.

The Distance Between the Above Ceiling and A Standing Person’s Height

The pendant lights or the chandelier you choose should not obstruct the view across the kitchen island when you are sitting or standing beside it. To get an idea of the vertical clearance you will need to allow for, you need to know the distance between the ceiling directly above the kitchen island.

The average height from floor to ceiling in most homes plays at around 8 to 9 feet and most lights are designed for these measurements. But this height can still vary per home, so if you want to be absolutely sure, you can go ahead and take this measurement. This is especially important if you are considering lights that typically hang lower, such as pendant lights or chandeliers.

The ideal hanging height of kitchen island lights should be around 6 feet from the ground. You can simply deduct 6 feet from the overall height of the ceiling to get this measurement.

Getting to Know the Different Lighting Types

Stylish lighting for your kitchen island comes in three main types: pendant lights, chandeliers, and track lights. Under these main classifications, there are many different styles and shapes to choose from. Let’s get to know them better:

1. Pendant Lights

Pendant lights have gained popularity in recent years as one of the most stylish types of all kitchen island lights suitable for almost any type of interior design aesthetic. Pendant lights are singular light fixtures that hang from the ceiling by a cord, metal rod, or chain. The fact that they are singular lights is what differentiates them from chandeliers as you can use multiple in a row.

Typically, a kitchen island can be affixed with anywhere between 1 to 4 pendant lights. There are also many styles to choose from. For example, we have cylindrical pendant lights such as the Hologram 4 - Light Integrated LED Pendant, globe pendant lights such as the Frosted Globe 4 - Light Integrated LED Pendant, swirl pendant lights such as the Swirl Integrated LED Pendant, and many more.

2. Chandeliers

When it comes to bold and daring design statements, chandeliers are the kitchen island lighting fixture of choice. These branched ornamental light fixtures were designed to be beautiful focal points of any room’s design. Due to the vertical clearance you need to maintain over the top of a kitchen island, you may be more limited in choices of chandeliers as it’s no place for very large fixtures. However, this still leaves you with plenty of styles to choose from.

For your kitchen island, you can choose the box chandelier like the Imperium 9-Light Chandelier, the rectangular chandelier like the Carter Long 8-Light Chandelier, the cluster chandelier like the Gatsby 5 Light Chandelier, and many more.

3. Track Lights

Nothing merges functionality, style, and minimalist charm quite like track lights over your kitchen island. This type of lighting can give a subtle but noticeable boost for your kitchen’s aesthetic. They also have the added advantage of being able to pivot where you want the light to shine. Due to these benefits, many consider this as the lighting of choice for modern kitchens, including the space above your kitchen island.

Though track lights may have somewhat similar shapes, there are plenty of exciting designs to choose from like the whimsical Nest 4-Light Integrated LED Track Light, the modern and posh Ratio 5-Light Integrated LED Track Light, and the clean and simple Praxis 4-Light Integrated LED Track Light.

Where Can I Get Lighting For My Kitchen Island?

Your kitchen deserves the best and most stylish modern lighting from a trusted manufacturer. Here at Artika, we have a culture of constant innovation matched with a dedication to creating high-quality products that will serve you and brighten up your home for years to come.

We offer a wide array of choices of lighting solutions for every area of your home along with high-quality sinks and bathroom fixtures. We offer a chic modern aesthetic, advanced functionality, and reliable durability in every product we make.

So let’s transform your home into a comfortable sanctuary and modern work of art. Head over to this page for our kitchen products. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by heading to our website and clicking on the chat icon.

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