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Kitchen is no place to skimp on lighting

Brightening tips to make cooking, cleaning even more fun

Learn the New Luxury Playbook at Luxury Connect | October 18-19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel

When it comes to lighting, few places in the home are more important than the kitchen. From general lighting to specific task lighting, a well-designed lighting plan makes the use and enjoyment of any kitchen a much brighter undertaking. GENERAL LIGHTING General lighting is what comes on as you first enter the room. It should brighten up the room well enough that you can see to enter and move around the room, and to perform basic tasks, such as getting something out of the refrigerator. In many kitchens, general lighting is accomplished with one or two incandescent or fluorescent light fixtures, or by a group of recessed can lights. The general lighting fixtures should be controlled by a switch that is easily accessible as soon as you approach or first enter the room. If there are two entrances to the room, the same group of fixtures can be controlled from both locations using a 3-way switch. TASK LIGHTING Task lighting, on the other hand, comes from fixtures that are stra...