The kitchen island is an important part of many modern kitchens today. It’s a place where we cook, prep food and gather with friends and family over bottles of wine and snacks. It’s also a place where we serve breakfast or do homework. With so many different activities going on, many wonder if their light fixtures are properly lighting the space. Here are a few tips and tricks for lighting a kitchen island.
Types of Light Fixtures
There are a number of different fixtures that can work for a kitchen island space. For starters, depending on the size of your kitchen and your island, you may be able to get away with a single flush mount or semi-flush mount ceiling fixture. These are typically used for general overhead lighting. If you don’t actually use your kitchen island for many tasks, this may be a good option as it will give a clean, uncluttered and classy look to your space.
Pendant lights are a popular option and for good reason. You can hang these lights just about anywhere above the island and as long as you have them at the right height, you won’t knock your head into them while you’re working. Pendant lights also come in a wide array of colors, sizes and styles to choose from, so it’s easy to find the right pendant lights for any kitchen style.
Another option is the use of a specially designed kitchen island light. These fixtures typically use two or more lights all suspended from a single light, similar in fashion to a chandelier. (They also make great light fixtures for billiards tables!) These can be great for larger kitchen islands where you don’t want to have a number of different pendant lights hanging, which can create visual clutter.
Finally, recessed lights are a great choice for those who want more of a classy, elegant look in their space. They’re also a great choice for those working with an ultra modern space or a shabby cottage style space. In fact, recessed lights work for just about any style, despite the fact that they all tend to look relatively the same. These fixtures are flush with the ceiling, creating a clean look with ample lighting.
Placement for Light Fixtures Over Kitchen Islands
Once you know what type of light fixtures you’re going to use, you’ll need to find the right placement. If you’re using a single light fixture, such as a flush or semi-flush mount ceiling fixture, or a specialized kitchen island light, then you’ll want to center the fixture over the island.
For other fixtures, such as pendant lights or recessed lights, you’ll want to center the lights over the areas that you’ll be working most at. For example, if you have a stove top on your kitchen island, you’ll want to have a light over that. If you have a designated prep space, you’ll want to have a light for that, as well. Remember to keep spacing in mind, as you don’t want any of these light fixtures to be too close or too far apart.
Lighting a kitchen island is a surprisingly easy task, despite the wide variety of choices out there. Once you narrow down your type of lighting, you’ll find that placement comes naturally and before you know it, your kitchen island will be a functional, well-lit space. You can find simple spherical crystal ball bases for lamps, crystal encrusted chandeliers, ceiling fixtures with crystal shades and much, much more.