What I want to tackle in this post is the thought process you can use as a guideline to choosing just the right kitchen light for your home. First I want to explicitly point out that this is not rocket science. It is quite subjective so it’s not science but there should be a logical frame of thinking behind your decisions. Also, it shouldn’t be made out to be complicated and turn into a arduous chore. Decorating your home should be a enjoyable.
I feel that the initial question to ask yourself should be a practical one – What is your budget? A decent kitchen light could range from $50 up to about $1000. There is no point going looking at the most stylish and elaborate looking chandelier in the shop when it costs more than your dining table, no matter how suitable it may be for your kitchen. Particularly when the global economy is in the way it is at the moment, you should be more prudent with your decision.
Before considering impressing guests with your kitchen lights, you should be comfortable with the lights yourself. Honestly, other people are not the top priority here. You are the owner and you have to live with the lights you choose. Let’s say you manage to choose a brand that is an absolute eye candy to the guests (e.g. Quoizel Lighting Classic Craftsman Tiffany Kitchen Island Light). If at the end of the day, you totally hate it, and even worse, you have to see it everyday, then that is not money well spent at all. Buying a kitchen light can be a personal experience. You have to be happy with the final decision.
Next, what kind of house do you have? The reason behind this question is because you want the lights to match your kitchen. For example, personally I think that a Kenroy Verona Traditional Kitchen Island Light looks out place in a contemporary kitchen.
Also, another thing to consider is what kind of ambiance do you want out of the kitchen? A kitchen that has an aura which is inviting, welcoming would be the target to aim for. After all, the kitchen is where great meals are created. The light should not convey to people the sense of repulsion.
So, the choices available are practically only limited by your imagination. There are several types including chandeliers, pendant lighting, spotlights and light bars. I’ll go through the different types another day.