The kitchen is the heart of any home and choosing the best lighting can completely transform the room.

When taking on a kitchen renovation, you'll decide on a kitchen design where the cabinets, backsplash, appliances, countertops, island and flooring all blend perfectly. But, do you still have only one original light fixture in the middle of the ceiling? This could make a kitchen valued at tens of thousands of dollars look and feel like a kitchen purchased at a discount store.

That is why today’s kitchen designs incorporate under-cabinet, over-cabinet, in-cabinet lighting, pendants over an island, recessed lights outlining the space, lights focused on the sink area and often in other locations. This attention to lighting creates proper task lighting along with ambience to highlight all of the other pieces of the kitchen design.

If you're not looking to do a complete kitchen make-over, simply updating the lighting can give your kitchen a whole new look. Lighting is a practical and affordable way to make subtle changes to the look of your kitchen. Deciding whether the area requires cool or warm lighting as the color tone is key to set the desired setting.

Here are 3 reasons why proper lighting in the kitchen is essential:

Visibility – Everyone would agree that good visibility is essential in an office, living room, bathroom and even in the bedroom, so why not also in the kitchen? If you have to work in your own shadow it makes your job just so much more difficult. The cook has to read recipes, measure ingredients carefully, find things in the back of cupboards and chop up vegetables. All these tasks require good visibility.

Aesthetics – When your work area looks attractive and pleasant you will feel better about being in it. When you feel good your stress levels go down. We all know these days that being stressed causes many other health problems. Thus, having an attractive kitchen is good for your health.

Safety – Have the kitchen that becomes an area that the family will love to be in. Children may play or do their homework there. If it is not well-lit, it will become a hazardous place to be whether you are trying to cook, clean up, wash up or supervise the children.

LightUp.com has a great assortment of LED lights and accessories to help update your kitchen and turn it into the kitchen of your dreams.

Undercabinet LED lights are a great way to add lighting to your kitchen when there is the issue of seeing under your cabinets. These lights are also beneficial when one just wants to turn on these lights instead of your bright ceiling fixtures.

If you have track lighting in your kitchen, the BR LED bulbs , MR LED bulbs , and the PAR 20 and PAR 30 LED bulbs are ideal. Many of these types of LED bulbs are compatible with existing dimmer switches, allowing you to adjust the level of brightness.

LED downlights are the light fixtures that are installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling. LED recessed lights can be installed into existing fixtures by removing the original bulb and trim before screwing in an LED module adapter into the socket. LightUp.com has downlights available in 4 inch and in 6 inch sizes.

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