At Hacienda Lighting in Scottsdale, we understand that your kitchen may be the most important room in the house. It’s where you cook, clean, and
entertain, and it’s important for the lighting in each part of the room to be just right. From the countertops to the island to the breakfast nook, your kitchen is a place of warmth and comfort, and family and friends love gathering there.
When it comes to kitchen lighting, you may be looking for new fixtures, or you may be building a new house and you want to have the perfect lighting from
the very start. You can find amazing options in our showroom, and our expert staff will gladly answer any questions you may have.
Where Should You Start?
Some homeowners know exactly what they want to do when it comes to their kitchen lighting, while others do not. No matter where you fall in that spectrum, it’s good to know how much work you want to put into updating your kitchen. If you’re building a brand new house, then you’re obviously going to start with a clean slate, and you’ll be able to design the kitchen you’ve always wanted.
If you’re updating an existing kitchen, then you might be constrained on what you can do and how many lights you can replace. You may not want to replace the wiring and so you’ll be limited to replacing the lights that are already there. If you’re ready to go all-in and add new fixtures, controls, and more, then we can help you find the ideal lights.
No matter how involved your project is, the team at Hacienda can help you design your new kitchen, discover new fixtures, and bring everything together.
We look forward to working with you!
Designing a New Kitchen
When it comes to designing a new kitchen, the sky is often the limit. You can dream up a new space that has everything you want, from the appliances to the countertops to the lights. When thinking about lighting, it’s important to remember all three categories — ambient, accent, and task.
The ambient lighting in a space refers to the general illumination that is provided, in most cases, by an overhead or ceiling fixture. In the kitchen, ambient light often comes from one or two fixtures, such as a flush-mount light or small chandelier. It can also be provided by recessed lighting, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t overdo it with the recessed fixtures. You’ll also want to make sure that recessed lighting isn’t your only source of ambient illumination in the kitchen.
A hanging fixture such as a mini chandelier can be great in the kitchen, but only if you have the room for it. If your ceilings are eight to 10 feet high, then you may need to think about a different solution, such as the aforementioned flush-mount lights. Above all, your ambient fixtures should provide light for most of the room.
Accent and Task Lighting
The main source of accent lighting in the kitchen often comes in the form of pendant fixtures above the island countertop. They also function as task lighting, since the kids may sit there to do their homework, or you may prep and serve on the island when you have company. Pendant lights are a must for any kitchen with an island, and we can help you choose the best option.
As for task lighting, none is more important in the kitchen than under cabinet fixtures. You spend most of your time in the kitchen chopping, slicing, and prepping, and you need to be able to see what you’re doing when you’re standing at the counter. Under cabinet lighting will help you every time, and they can keep your eyes from getting tired.
The final task lighting feature will be a fixture above the sink. Being able to see as you’re washing dishes and cleaning can make things go faster, and you won’t be standing in the dark as you’re washing and scrubbing.
Lighting Each Area
Once you have an idea of which ambient, accent, and task lighting options you need, you’ll want to figure out how many fixtures you’ll need. This will depend on the size of your kitchen, and you won’t want any area to be too dark or underlit. We can help you design your new lighting layout and decide which fixtures will go where. We can also help you find new lighting controls that will make it easy to use your new fixtures.
New Kitchen Lighting Controls
The right lighting controls are essential to every room, and perhaps none more so than the kitchen. With so many different lights, you need to be able to turn on and turn off the ones you need at any given time. You may just want the island pendants on, or you may leave the under cabinet lights on when you’re not in the room. Whatever the case may be, having the right switches in the right places can make all the difference.
How Many Entrances?
Your kitchen may have just one entrance, such as a single entry from the living room or dining room. If that’s the case, then putting all the switches near that entrance can make life easier. The switches for the light above the sink or the under cabinet lights might be elsewhere, but for the most part, all the controls are in one place.
However, if you have multiple entrances, such as a door from the living room and one from upstairs, then you’ll want to have switches in both locations. When you come down the stairs and into the kitchen, you don’t want to have to walk all the way across the room just to turn on the lights. This may require some new wiring, but it will be worth it in the end.
Dimmer switches are ideal for the living room and the bedroom, and they also have their place in the kitchen, especially when talking about your recessed lighting. You’ll want to be able to dim the lights so that you create the perfect ambience for entertaining. Instead of bright, harsh light, you’ll have the ideal illumination for conversation with friends and family as people enjoy drinks and appetizers.
Lighting controls should be at the top of any homeowner’s list when they’re designing a new kitchen. If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask!
Updating an Older Kitchen
Many homeowners who come to our showroom are looking for new fixtures for their old kitchen. They may have lived in the house for many years, or they’ve just moved in and they want to update what the previous owners did (or didn’t) do to the kitchen. Regardless of the circumstances, it can be fairly simple to bring new life to your kitchen by updating the light fixtures.
Is Your Kitchen Too Dim?
One problem that many older kitchens face is that they’re too dim. There may be only one ambient light, and its illumination doesn’t reach the entire room. This can be a problem when it comes to cooking, cleaning, and entertaining. Adding a few more ambient fixtures can brighten the space and make it feel like new, especially if you’re updating the paint color and installing new appliances.
Adding Under Cabinet Lights
We mentioned under cabinet lighting earlier, but it’s worth mentioning again. When updating an older kitchen, the one thing that’s likely missing is under cabinet illumination. If you’re planning to install new cabinets, then plan to wire in new under cabinet fixtures. Not only will this help as you’re working in the kitchen, it will also accentuate the new countertops that you install.
Kitchen Island Lighting
The one layout feature that’s most often missing in a kitchen that was built in the past 20 to 30 years is the island. Almost every new home has one, but you may not have purchased or live in a new home. If an island is the one thing you want your older kitchen to have, then you’ll need the proper lighting for it.
Pendants are the obvious choice, and most interior designers opt for an odd number of fixtures. The number will of course depend on the size and shape of your new kitchen island. If it’s a small bar island, then three pendant lights should suffice. If it’s an L-shaped or angular/wraparound island, then you may need five pendants that are installed to follow the island’s configuration.
Kitchen Lighting Styles
Now that you know which fixtures you need and where they will go, you can begin looking at different lighting styles. There are quite a few styles to look through, and our staff can help you decide which ones are worth your time and which ones can be set aside.
Many modern homeowners love the look and the aesthetic of industrial lighting. The minimal lines and exposed bulbs can look great in the kitchen, and you can find everything from pendants to ceiling lights in this style.
Industrial-style lighting can work in nearly any size of kitchen, so no matter what your square footage is, we can equip you with fixtures that will look great for years to come. If your kitchen currently has that late 1970s/early 1980s vibe, Industrial lights could be the way to go.
Art Deco Lighting
Art Deco often refers to the grand design era that took place in America in the 1920s and 30s. You can find many bold lines and geometric shapes in Art Deco fixtures, and you can add the style in the form of pendants, overhead lights, and hanging fixtures above your kitchen table or breakfast nook.
Art Deco lighting can add a bit of glamour to your kitchen, and you’ll find it easy to make design statements that stand out in people’s minds when they enter the room. While the style may seem dated, it’s actually quite modern, and it can provide exactly what you want.
Transitional lighting can encompass several different styles, but what defines them all is the line they walk between classic and contemporary. Transitional fixtures don’t look old, but they’re not uber-modern either. They don’t have too many unique features, but they work within the context of a modern, updated room.
You can find straight lines and simple curves in transitional fixtures, so no matter what type of lights you’re looking for, you’ll likely discover something you like in this category. A number of leading brands such as Quoizel, Hinkley, and Kichler offer transitional lighting, and Hacienda is proud to carry options from all three.
Find Your New Kitchen Lighting Today
We hope that this page has been helpful in providing you with tips and advice on designing your new kitchen or updating one that you’ve lived with for several years. When it comes to kitchen lighting, there really isn’t a wrong way to do it, but there are ways to make it easier on yourself.
Our showroom is stocked with amazing options in a number of different styles. When it comes to designing a kitchen, our staff can help you lay everything out and decide which fixtures you need and how many of each your kitchen will require. If you have questions about fixture size, lumens, or anything else related to lighting, then we’ll be more than happy to assist you.
Whether you’re building a new house or renovating the one you own, Hacienda Lighting would love nothing more than to help you find the right lights for your kitchen. Visit our location at 16641 N 91st Street in Scottsdale and see what we can do for you. With our years of knowledge and experience, you’ll feel confident that you’ll end up with the perfect kitchen lights that you’ll enjoy using for years to come. If you ever decide to sell your home, then the updated kitchen will more than likely be one of the top selling points!