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Tips on Buying Light Fixtures for Your Kitchen

by Lindsay Wilcox

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Make your kitchen a warm, comfortable room with the right lighting and ceiling fans. Since you spend a lot of time in your kitchen preparing and eating meals together with your family, you'll want this type of home lighting to be bright enough to see ingredients but cozy enough to make this room a fun gathering place. Whether you want kitchen ceiling lights to save space or kitchen pendant lights that add a bit of color and style to the room, the following tips will help you to find kitchen lighting that works well in your home. Read on for tips on buying light fixtures for your kitchen.

Buying Kitchen Light Fixtures:

  1. Look for kitchen lights that are easy to clean. Cooking and entertaining in the kitchen can be tough on even the hardiest home lighting fixtures. Fluctuating levels of heat, cooking odors, common ingredients and other kitchen supplies can affect the performance of your kitchen lights over time. Thus, it's important to choose kitchen lighting that is easy to clean. Look for light fixtures made of glass or ceramic you can scrub with soapy water and rinse occasionally or buy kitchen light coverings made of thick plastic that can be wiped clean.

  2. Buy kitchen lights that can hold high-wattage bulbs for extra light. While you may not want bright kitchen lighting throughout your entire kitchen, you'll want to make sure that the sink and stove areas are well lit so you can see the ingredients and dishes you're using clearly. Try installing kitchen pendant lights above the sink for a unique look. Make sure that the styles you choose can hold bright bulbs without getting too hot. Hang these kitchen light fixtures well above the sink and countertop so you won't bump your head on them while you wash dishes.

  3. Choose kitchen light fixtures that are durable. If you have a young family, you may not want to install glass kitchen lights that could easily be broken in your kitchen. Consider the number of people who will be using your kitchen and the activities that occur in this room. Kitchen ceiling lights may be the most durable option if your children frequently chase each other throughout the room; this style of lighting is also a good idea when you need central lighting to see homework or paperwork clearly. If you'd like something that adds an unexpected touch to your kitchen, purchase a chandelier or a few wall sconces. With thick glass or fabric shades, these kitchen light fixtures can be just as durable as ceiling lights.

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