The kitchen is primarily a work area, but it is also a gathering area for family and friends. Lighting that is comfortable and functional is required. A large ceiling fixture, equipped with energy efficient fluorescent tubes will supply plenty of well diffused general lighting, but it may leave you working in your own shadow at the sink, range, and countertops. These areas need supplemental task lighting. Track lights over the sink will give you the illumination you need for washing dishes.
At the sink and range, an individual recessed downlight equipped with an energy efficient compact fluorescent tube will provide you with adequate task lighting when installed in the ceiling.
Dinettes, nooks, and island counters can be lit with pendants. When used with a dimmer control, these ceiling-hung fixtures will provide you with adequate task lighting for hobbies, homework, or family business and allow you to lower the light for entertaining.
Undercabinet lighting is ideal for countertops. Mount as close to the front of the cabinets as possible to avoid glare reflecting off work surfaces.