LED Lighting in a kitchen - photo by Shannon Demma

by Dan Fritschen

It isn’t just on Hollywood movie sets that good lighting is essential! Your own home should be lit carefully and with great attention to detail. The kitchen in particular is one room where lighting is especially important because of its multiple uses. Preparing meals and cleaning dishes are activities that need good, bright lighting to be done effectively, while dining and entertaining guests calls for a more relaxed, softer feel. Many homeowners choose recessed lighting in order to create a glowing, intimate feel through lighting, and with environmental issues being an increasing concern for many homeowners, most are opting for LED recessed lighting. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and this type of lighting comes with many benefits to consider when planning your kitchen remodel.

Long Lasting

One of the best qualities of LEDs is that they last a very long time! Most LEDs can last for 11 continuous years of operation, or even 20 years of operating at 50%. If you’re like me you hate having to change lightbulbs, but this annoyance is virtually eliminated when you opt for LED lighting. This is especially important in the kitchen where there are a lot more light sources than other rooms in the house, and if you have high ceilings then you won’t need to worry about constantly ascending a precarious ladder to change your bulbs!

They also don’t contain any glass components so are pretty hard to break – ideal for use outdoors or in areas that see a lot of traffic, such as a kitchen!


LED bulbs are between 3-8mm long so can slot into almost any space. Used individually or in large groups, this means you can add a light source to whichever part of the room you’d like. That’s why they’re so flexible for use in kitchen remodeling design; you can install them under toekicks or under shelving for soft, glowing lighting that is also hidden.

Low Temperature

Lightbulbs tend to emit a lot of heat as well as light, so can become extremely warm. LEDs remain cool so aren’t dangerous to touch and won’t be a fire hazard in tight spaces.

Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly

Conventional lightbulbs lose around 80% of their energy as heat, with only 20% converting into light; LEDs convert around 80% of electrical energy into light with only 20% lost as heat and other energies. This means they’re a more efficient use of electrical energy and may well lower your household fuel bills.

LED lights contain no toxic materials, unlike conventional lightbulbs which contain elements like mercury. They are recyclable and their long lifespan means they have a lower carbon footprint.

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