Overhead lighting alone often falls short when it comes to task lighting in a kitchen. The position of your chandelier, recessed fixtures or other general sources of light can cause shadows to be cast on your countertops. By adding more than one light source with dimming capability, you increase your ability to effectively light task areas without unnecessarily creating too much glaring light throughout the space.
For example, under-cabinet lighting sheds light into the deepest corners without lighting the entire room, and mini pendants over a counter space allow more light to shine on a specific area. This is beneficial for tasks such as checking directions in a cookbook or slicing vegetables when preparing a meal. Whether you opt for a chandelier with sconces and under-cabinet lighting, recessed cans with pendants and toe-kick lighting, or some other light source configuration, using layers of light will allow you to create a perfectly beautiful and functional space.