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Lets talk about kitchen island lighting ideas. The last thing you want when you are cooking dinner is to not have enough light over your work space.

Island lights can become the focal point of your kitchen and have a dramatic impact, so in addition to providing the right lighting over your work areas they should complement your interior design. There are a lot of factors to consider before you choose your kitchen island lights.

I’ll take you through some dos and don’ts for lighting your kitchen island. If you are doing a kitchen remodel placing the lights above the island is something the electrician will do early in the process so it’s a decision you must make at the beginning.

Choosing the perfect fixture depends on the proportions of your kitchen, and the size of your island. Here are a few rules to live by for island lighting that apply to all kitchens:

Don’t place lights within 6-12 inches from the edge of the island. Based on these rules as an example let’s say you have a 5 foot island. For example, in the photo below, the pendants look a little small relative to the size of the island. For example, in the photo below, the pendants look a little small relative to the size of the island.

Lighting can be a great way to really make a statement above an island, so size up. Square shaped islands are unusual, but if you’re planning for one consider a chandelier instead of pendant lighting.

Having three lights can give the room a more balanced feel than having two, as long as they fit. You can hang smaller pendant lights on either side, but be careful because it can look like too busy. If you have a range hood above your island consider raising your lights up a few inches to protect them from the heat of the cook top. If your island is just on the border of needing three lights verses two, using a multi-light fixture can be a great option.

I may earn an affiliate commission if you buy from one of the product links, at no extra cost to you. This chandelier from Pottery Barn is a good way to get lots of light even without a really long island.

One of the reasons that kitchen lighting is so important is that you need to be able to see when you are cutting an onion.

I hope this helps you decide how to choose the lighting for your kitchen island.

Look for a future post on where to buy affordable pendant lights and chandeliers that look great over an island.

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