With the kitchen being one of the most traveled rooms in many homes, good kitchen lighting is important to its overall design and feeling. The kitchen also becomes a gathering place during dinner parties. Consequently, the kitchen requires many different types of kitchen lighting. The standard kitchen has more different types of lighting than many people realize. Whether natural, halogen, or recessed, a kitchen is a room that often requires light for cooking and eating, reading, and even socializing with family and friends. These lights might be located under a cabinet, above the stove top, or near the sink area. Some are designed to naturally save on energy costs, while others are energy hogs that should not be left on when not needed.
Natural lighting is often regarded as the most attractive kind of light. Not only can natural kitchen lighting help cut energy costs, but it is easier on the eyes and can help improve emotional states. There are various ways to fill a kitchen with natural light, including adding skylights, garden windows, and french doors. One type of kitchen lighting is referred to as under-cabinet lighting. The lights typically placed under cabinets are focused, task-oriented lights. These lights are oriented so that there is improved visibility on the kitchen counters for cooking and other tasks, but they also improve the general lighting of the room. Many different types of lighting fixtures can be used under cabinets, though long-lasting halogen and xenon bulbs are often favored. Small track lighting fixtures as well as singular bulb fixtures are also often affixed to the undersides of cabinets.