Lighting Your Cooking Areas

Proper lighting in the cooking areas can help you work quickly and accurately; insufficient lighting can make cooking troublesome and conducive to accidents. You want your kitchen well lit — the stove and workspaces most of all.

Light your kitchen with cooking in mind:

  • If you have a combination kitchen/dining area, consider putting the lights on a dimmer. With a dimmer setup, you can keep the kitchen bright while the dining area is dim.

  • Use lights under the stovetop hood, if you have them. These lights can really help when stirring sauces or sautéing vegetables.

  • Replace burned-out bulbs. You haven’t replaced that burned-out bulb in a year? Time to do it!

  • Consider adding special lighting for the cooking area. You can have lights either inset into overhead cabinets or in the ceiling. If your kitchen is poorly lit over the cooking area, the least expensive solution is a wall-mounted supplementary light.

Nothing is worse than trying to check your food in a dimly lit area, so make sure your kitchen has plenty of light!

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