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Discover How to Choose the Right Lighting for Your Gaithersburg, Rockville, or Potomac Kitchen

Posted on: May 8, 2015

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A kitchen renovation or remodel is no easy task, and in the Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Potomac, MD areas, it can be even harder because of the wide range of housing styles. From flooring choices and countertops to appliance upgrades and lighting, you have plenty on your plate.

When it comes to choosing kitchen lighting in the I270 corridor, you need to take an educated approach. You need to find a way to balance ambience and functionality and tie in the unique architecture of your home. It is a good idea to go to a lighting store just to get an idea of the style you might like.

The three main kinds of lighting are task, ambient, and accent lighting. To maximize your cooking efficiency and comfort level in your kitchen you should try to to find a way to incorporate all three of these lighting styles effectively.

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Task Lighting Eliminates Shadows

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Have you ever started to cook your dinner, only to get annoyed by how dim your counter space is? If you answered yes, you obviously realize how important task lighting is to your kitchen’s functionality. Undercabinet lighting is a great way to solve this issue.

When you are building or renovating a building, you always need to think about your energy bills. Of course, you could compare energy providers and plans, but there are other things that can be done. Not only can undercabinet lighting save you money on your energy bills, but it’s an effective way to illuminate your counter space. It’s also great for when all your other lights are off, allowing you just enough light to get into the kitchen for a midnight snack without stubbing your toes.

If you don’t like the idea of under cabinet lighting, you can try pendant lights that hang from the ceiling or install lights that are recessed into the ceiling. All three offers you enough light to handle your kitchen tasks with ease. One tip we do have, regardless of whether you decide to go with under cabinet lighting or ceiling lights, is to seek professional advice. It is important any lights are installed correctly and meet current electrical regulations. Looking around at different services, similar to those available here (, would be a good starting point.

If you do a lot of countertop tasks in the kitchen then task lighting would be great for you. The style of task lighting will depend on the type of custom cabinets you install, but Elmwood Kitchens and Rutt Cabinetry all have great cabinetry that would look fabulous with task lighting.

Ambient Lighting Brightens Up the Entire Room

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Ambient lighting is your main source of light. Whether you want to install a chandelier or a lighting fixture that flows with your décor, this light source is sure to demand attention. Fixtures for ambient lights can be created with ceramic, glass, plastic, iron, and even deer antlers.

No matter what your kitchen renovation décor theme is, you’re almost guaranteed to find what you need when you look in the right places. Ambient lighting doesn’t have to come in the form of a chandelier or an attention-grabbing fixture. You can install recessed ambient lighting to maximize on overhead space and to create a more natural feel.

The size of your kitchen will help dictate they style of ambient lighting. A larger home in Potomac may look amazing with a big chandelier, but a townhouse in Bethesda or Rockville may need to stick with recessed lighting.

Accentuate Your Décor with Accent Lighting

Accent lighting for Kitchen Cabinetry

Do you have a beautiful piece of artwork you want to show off? Do you want to light up your key holder? Accent lighting allows you to place lights where you need them most.

If you want to draw attention to your kitchen island or grandmother’s china, accent lighting is the way to go. Accent lighting also helps to give you a soft glow in your kitchen when the other lights are off. It will provide you with a romantically lit room for you to enjoy dinner, a snack, or just conversation over coffee.

Choose the Lighting that’s Best for You

When it comes to a kitchen renovation and remodeling, you know what results you want to end up with. If it’s time to renovate your kitchen in Rockville, Potomac, or Gaithersburg, Maryland, you need to consider these three types of lighting carefully, and where you want to place them. Study areas of your kitchen that accumulate the most shadows, and find light fixtures that flow with the rest of the room.

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