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Kitchen LED Lighting Ideas

LED lighting is the talk of the town for the modern kitchen, and for a number of good reasons. Kitchen LED lighting is much more energy efficient than other types of lighting, making them an environmentally-friendly and cost-saving option for a space that needs ample illumination. LED lighting also produces a higher quality of light that reduces heat and reveals color better, which is important for task lighting in the kitchen. And, LED kitchen lighting lasts longer and is more durable than traditional lighting, meaning you won’t have to worry about frequent maintenance to change bulbs.

Take a look at these striking LED lighting ideas to get some inspiration for your contemporary kitchen.

Lean Design, Powerful Output

Tubini S LED Pendant Light from Ricca Design
Tubini S LED Pendant Light from Ricca Design

LED lighting for the kitchen can embrace minimalistic design. Long, sleek LED tube lights will still emit a powerful glow, while keeping in line with the minimalistic style that is trending for the modern kitchen. Pair multiple tubular pendants in various positions over the kitchen counter or table for a magical effect.

Full Exposure

Urban Loft Alchemy Pendant Light from Hammerton Studio
Urban Loft Alchemy Pendant Light from Hammerton Studio

You can easily add a little vintage appeal to your contemporary kitchen by choosing pendants with Edison-style exposed bulbs. Paired with glass shades, exposed LED bulbs can add a rustic touch to your kitchen, while keeping up with the energy efficiency of the modern era.

Lights that say Welcome Home

Revere Pendant Light from Tech Lighting
Revere Pendant Light from Tech Lighting

You can combine the power of long-lasting LED lighting with beautiful designs fit for the modern kitchen. For a simple and classic look, choose a pendant with an upside lantern design. This will emit a soft, warm, yet powerful glow that will blanket the kitchen with an inviting ambiance.

Industrial, yet Homey

Viva Edison C1 LED Pendant Light from Antonangeli
Viva Edison C1 LED Pendant Light from Antonangeli

If you want to create a homey atmosphere to your kitchen, you can actually use LED pendants that feature industrial design elements. You may not think of an industrial style as rustic or cozy, but a large Edison-style light can tie the room together with traditional, vintage charm.

Choose Cylinders

Blok Pendant Light from Tech Lighting
Blok Pendant Light from Tech Lighting

Long, slender, and cylindrical pendants lights are a great design choice for LED lighting in the kitchen. These sleek, geometric shapes fit right into contemporary style, while providing task lighting that is more powerful and better for the environment than other types of lighting.

Don’t Overlook the Cabinets

Unilume LED Slimline 31 Inch Undercabinet Light from Tech Lighting
Unilume LED Slimline 31 Inch Undercabinet Light from Tech Lighting

LED lighting can manifest in many ways in the kitchen. One area that is often overlooked is under the cabinets. Undercabinet LED lighting offers much-needed task lighting for prepping, serving, and cleaning without cluttering counters or ceilings with bulky light fixtures.

Use those Shelves

TECH Lighting Undercabinet Lights
TECH Lighting Undercabinet Lights

Another trick to add some LED lighting where space is scarce is to use the space under shelving. LED undercabinet lighting strips are versatile, meaning they can be placed on almost any surface, such as underneath open shelving. You’ll still get the same result of high-powered, eco-friendly lighting.

Leap for Linear

 Gia Low Voltage Linear Suspension from Tech Lighting

Gia Low Voltage Linear Suspension from Tech Lighting

You can easily mix high functionality with minimalistic aesthetic by choosing LED linear suspension lighting for your kitchen. A linear suspension light, or light bar, is ideal for long, narrow surfaces like kitchen island and counters. The slender light bar will ensure proper light coverage over the elongated surface.

Go Long and Wide

Knox Line Voltage Linear Suspension Light from Tech Lighting
Knox Line Voltage Linear Suspension Light from Tech Lighting

Linear suspension lighting can take on many forms. If you are looking to add a contemporary touch to your lighting design, consider a wider LED light bar. Wider linear suspension lights not only provide a larger illumination area, but their geometric structure blends in most contemporary kitchens.

Problem Solvers

Cloud3 LED Flush Mount Ceiling Light from Blackjack Lighting
Cloud3 LED Flush Mount Ceiling Light from Blackjack Lighting

Bulky pendants can take up ceiling space and obstruct your line of vision. If this isn’t the style of function you’re going for, consider an LED flush mount ceiling light, which will stay close to the ceiling. These LED fixtures are highly durable and long-lasting, so you don’t have to worry about bulbs breaking or failing often.

The Right Downlight

Topo Low Voltage Pendant Light from Tech Lighting
Topo Low Voltage Pendant Light from Tech Lighting

Getting the right downlighting is important in the kitchen since you’ll spend so much of your time prepping food, cooking, and well, cleaning up. An well-spaced row of task lighting will provide even, consistent lighting to key areas. LED or low voltage bulbs are great way to emit energy efficient illumination that is still powerful and bright.

Get Enough Coverage

Beat Wide Pendant Light from Tom Dixon
Beat Wide Pendant Light from Tom Dixon | Image via @destinationeichler

If you have wide countertops, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to install more light fixtures. Choose kitchen pendants with a wide brim, which will beam concentrated light downwards across a wider area. LED lighting is perfect for these tasks since it remain brighter longer while reducing energy usage.

Minimalistic Values

SONNEMAN Lighting Suspenders System
SONNEMAN Lighting Suspenders System

Like a work of modern art, make sure your LED kitchen lighting choices match your personality and style. For those looking for a contemporary minimalist appeal, search for pendants that showcase geometric structures, clean lines, and sharp angles. These distinctive patterns will blend easily with clean, sleek furniture.

Long Live LED

Ambit Pendant Light from Muuto
Ambit Pendant Light from Muuto | Image via @lra_architecture

The lifespan of LED lights is much longer than traditional lightbulbs, sometimes averaging more than 100,000 operating hours. Not only does this mean you have to replace bulbs less frequently, but this lowers maintenance costs as well. This is a large benefit, especially if you install multiple LED kitchen pendants across your kitchen.

The More Mini the Merrier

Corum Low Voltage Pendant Light from Tech Lighting
Corum Low Voltage Pendant Light from Tech Lighting

LED lights tend to be smaller, which make them a great choice for kitchen mini pendant lights. In addition to their smaller size, LED mini pendants will emit less heat than other types of lighting, which means you can install as many as you’d like without worrying about upping temperature.

Flexible and Functional

Stix LED Pendant Light from SONNEMAN Lighting
Stix LED Pendant Light from SONNEMAN Lighting | Image via @chari_maddox

Thanks to the smaller size and higher functionality of LED technology, it can be used in almost any lighting design. If you want to install a mobile-style pendant in your kitchen, LED options are a perfect match since their versatility and flexibility allow for geometric shapes and modular structures like this.

Better Color, Better Light

Flute Endless Wand FLEW2 LED Suspension Light from Modern Verve
Flute Endless Wand FLEW2 LED Suspension Light from Modern Verve

LED linear suspension lights have another advantage when used in the modern kitchen. LED technology offers a greater color rendering index, meaning they reveal color in a way that is similar to natural light. This means the quality of your lighting will be better to complete detailed tasks in the kitchen from chopping to cleaning.

Show off Your Style

Nut Suspension Light from LZF
Nut Suspension Light from LZF | Image via @nicolabathiedesigns

The versatility of LED lighting means you don’t have to sacrifice great design. LED lighting options for the kitchen can be as decorative and artistic as you can imagine. Don’t be afraid to go for the bold, spirited designs that are calling you to show off your personality in your modern kitchen.

If you are considering utilizing LED technology for your contemporary kitchen lighting, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of styles and designs thanks to its versatility and durability. Whether you are looking for kitchen pendants or undercabinet lighting, LED lights will offer you a greater level of control and a higher quality of illumination all the same.

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Sarah Schaale

Sarah Schaale

Sarah is a Brand Marketing Manager for YDesign Group brands. A writer and editor at heart, she loves storytelling in all its forms and is a copious consumer of the Internet (for better or worse). In design, she finds inspiration in simplicity, warmth and all things Danish.

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