At Southern Lights, we’re here to help every Minnesota homeowner find the perfect lighting for their home. Our showroom is filled with amazing fixtures, and we love showing people all of the options that they can add to their home. However, once the lights have left our store and are installed, the control lies solely with the homeowner on how the fixture is used, and how it impacts the design of a particular space.

When it comes to kitchen lighting, there are many mistakes that can be made. You might have a kitchen that’s too bright or too dark, and it’s easy to miss the mark when trying to remedy the problem. In this post, we’ll look at three common mistakes and how you can avoid them.

1. Not Enough Control

When adding lights to your kitchen, it’s important to make sure you have the proper lighting controls. If your current fixtures are all controlled by one switch, then you can’t create the proper ambience or set the appropriate levels, because all of the lights turn on at the same time. If you have an island, then put those pendant lights on a different switch. If you have recessed lighting, then put those on a separate dimmer switch. You want your kitchen lights to be versatile, and with the proper controls, they can be!

2. Too Many Recessed Lights

Speaking of recessed lighting, it’s important not to overdo it when it comes to your kitchen. Yes, they can provide adequate ambient lighting in the room, but too many of them and the space can feel too minimal or too bland. Balancing recessed fixtures with hanging or semi-flush lights will make the kitchen feel more inviting, and you’ll be able to achieve more focused lighting with a pendant than you can with a recessed fixture.

3. Forgetting About Task Lighting

You designed your kitchen to be open and inviting, and you made sure that you had plenty of illumination over the island and the breakfast nook. You invested in beautiful fixtures that catch the eye and provide adequate light, but what about your task lighting? After all, you spend most of your time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning, and without proper under cabinet and other task fixtures, you could be left with strained eyes as you chop vegetables or wash dishes. The proper task fixtures under your cabinets and above your sink will make a world of difference.

If you’re making any of these kitchen lighting mistakes, then make it a priority to visit our showroom right away. Our staff will gladly help you choose new fixtures for your home, and they can answer any questions you have about lighting design, layout, and installation. In the end, we want you to have a kitchen that is appealing, functional, and enjoyable to be in.

We’re open Monday through Saturday, and you can call us at (952) 378-2190 or fill out the form below to learn more about us before you visit.

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