Kitchen Remodeling – Lighting Options for Under $1,500

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, former remodeling contractor David Lupberger discusses how to add 3 layers of lighting to your kitchen for less.

    David Lupberger: Hi! I am David Lupberger, Home Improvement Expert for ServiceMagic. I am talking about lighting options available for under $1,500 when renovating your kitchen. Here is the key point. In lighting, the best return on investment is not in the cost of the fixtures, but on the fixture location. The right design makes lighting beautiful and memorable. Ideally, you should plan for a three layers of light.

    The first layer is recessed or can lighting. The second is made up of under-cabinet lighting, and pendant or ceiling mounted lighting, such as over a breakfast table make up the third level. This needs to be planned out. You'll overlap and customize your lighting to achieve the desired effect. Start by defining the perimeters, and situational lighting. Let me explain what that means.

    Food preparation and meals may include all three layers of lighting when you're working in the kitchen. That's when you may want the most light. However, if you're working on the kitchen island, or doing some dishwashing and clean-up, it may require just the recessed lighting, which is planned and positioned over specific work areas. When finishing your food preparation and clean-up, you can turn off the overhead and pendant lighting, leaving only the under cabinet lighting for effect.

    These layers of lighting make kitchen lighting memorable and pleasurable. You don't want people to remember the lights. You want them to remember the effect. There are many green options when it comes to lighting. Standard incandescent lighting is being replaced with more efficient lighting choices, such as Compact Fluorescent Lighting, Halogen, and LED, which stands for Light Emitting Diode. You don't need to understand these terms now. Just ask about these options when shopping for your new lighting. Make sure to hire a licensed electrician to do the installation. Installation will be done to code, and there will be a warranty on the work that's been done.

    So those are some excellent lighting options you've got available when renovating your kitchen.