If your layout calls for recessed lights to be used throughout the kitchen space, you can use wide-angle lights in the center of the room and narrow-beam lights on the perimeter.
What is the best lighting for a kitchen?
Incandescent light provides soft, warm yellowish light, usually used for recessed cans or downlights. Halogen lights produce a crisp white light that is appropriate for task lighting; fluorescent lights, which have a long life and low energy use, now come in many different shades from warm to cool.
How much lighting do I need in my kitchen?
For general lighting, we will illuminate it to at least 5 footcandles. A footcandle is 1 lumen/square foot, so in this case, we would need 120 (area) x 5 (footcandles) = 600 lumens from the general lighting, while the food prep area, sink and cooktop would have dedicated task lighting.
How many lumens do I need for a kitchen light?
To determine the needed lumens, you will need to multiply your room square footage by your room foot-candle requirement. For example, a 100 square foot living room, which needs 10-20 foot-candles, will need 1,000-2,000 lumens. A 100 square foot dining room, which needs 30-40 foot-candles, will need 3,000-4,000 lumens.
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