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Selecting the Counter Lighting Fixtures for Your Kitchen

By Karin Mangan

With the right kitchen lighting fixtures, your island can become a prominent counter and serving bar for guests. Ensuring the right visibility for your island can add significantly to the quality and appearance of your dining area. Many home owners use a combination of different lighting to provide functional and aesthetic enhancements to the lighting profile. While general ambient lighting can provide an overall level of light, upgrading to halogen decorate lights as well can add a unique sense of style and quality to your overall kitchen layout. Having the right combination of ambient and task lighting is important for ensuring the right balance within your kitchen.

An important element of the counter lighting is the ambient sources which provide general lighting. If you have an extended space where you need to set the best, general level of lighting you should opt for ambient lighting. Many home owners opt for fluorescent kitchen lighting fixtures to give their overall kitchen counter area a basic level of light. Since the lighting is not overly strong it can be used as primary lighting when the switch is flipped. When you need to add another level of lighting to your island counter, then you should turn to task lighting to provide more concentrated beams upon your countertop.

Designed to provide direct beams from kitchen lighting fixtures without shadows, task lighting is important for serving and showcasing items on your counter. One common form of kitchen lighting fixture above an island is pendant lights which help create an open atmosphere for dining. You can adjust the dimming or style of the pendants to fix your kitchen layout, making for an ideal selection.

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