Best kitchen lighting: top picks for 2020 to brighten up your kitchen space

We take a look at the best kitchen lighting around to help you completely transform your space this year

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The best kitchen lighting will completely transform the look – and feel – of your space if planned correctly. So, we recommend that you start thinking about it pretty early on in the process of designing a kitchen. 

Whether you're looking for functional lighting that will make a small kitchen feel larger and lighter; or want to make a design statement with stylish pendants, our pick of the best kitchen lighting will suit all tastes and needs too.

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Best kitchen lighting 2020

The best kitchen lighting is the Coleman Clear Glass And Copper Ceiling Light if you're looking for a pendant light to hang over a kitchen island or dining table. It's effortlessly stylish, guaranteed to work with any scheme and won't go out of fashion when interiors trends (inevitably) change.

Alternatively, we'd recommend the Philips Hue Ambience Still Spotlight, if you're looking for functional lighting that will effectively illuminate a dark space, making your kitchen easier to use.

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The best kitchen lighting in review

the best kitchen lighting: Coleman Clear Glass And Copper Ceiling Light

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1. Coleman Clear Glass and Copper Ceiling Light

Best kitchen lighting: industrial copper that can take centre stage in any kitchen

Material: Glass and copper
Type: Pendant
Bulb Wattage: 60W
Reasons to buy
+Can be used with a filament bulb for extra oomph+Stylish design that will work with any scheme
Reasons to avoid
-Not great for houses with low ceilings

The best kitchen lighting is the Coleman Clear Glass And Copper Ceiling Light thanks to its super stylish, yet timeless, design. We've seen industrial chic lighting everywhere recently, and this option from Habitat is a great example. That said, you can rest assured that this classic design won't look dated as interiors trends come and go.

Offering both style and practicality, its pendant style is sure to complement a variety of spaces and this is definitely one of the best kitchen lighting options for high ceilings. We particularly like the idea of placing it above a kitchen island or dining table to create zones within a space and would recommend opting for a vintage bulb to really complete the industrial feel.

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the best kitchen lighting: East White And Gold Metal Ceiling Light

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2. East White and Gold Metal Ceiling Light

Best kitchen lighting for low ceilings: keep it neutral but add a touch of colour with this contrasting dome light

Material: Metal
Type: Ceiling light
Bulb Wattage: 60W
Reasons to buy
+Glamorous gold-leaf interior+Contemporary design
Reasons to avoid
-Metallics won't suit everyone 

If you like to keep things minimal, but want to give your kitchen a little edge, this East White And Gold Metal Ceiling Light, with its contrasting gold-leaf interior is enough to add a bit of interest to your home.

It is not as long as some of the pendant lights – which is something to consider if you have particularly high ceilings – but that won't stop it from making a subtle statement in your home.

the best kitchen lighting: Faye Pendant Light

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3. Faye Pendant Light

Best kitchen lighting for small kitchens: a luxurious double pendant to feature in your kitchen

Material: Marble, brass
Type: Double pendant
Bulb Wattage: 20W
Reasons to buy
+Great low-light option+Unique, stylish design
Reasons to avoid
-Won't be to everyone's taste

Looking for something a little more unique? This Faye Pendant Light with its double pendant design creates a soft ambient lighting. Its curved edges really make it a feature piece for the kitchen.

It has a low wattage, so don’t expect to get a lot of brightness from this kitchen lighting, but if you host dinner parties or like to set the mood, you can expect the Faye pendant to really stand out. 

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the best kitchen lighting: Philips Hue Ambience Still Spotlight

4. Philips Hue Ambience Still Spotlight

Best smart kitchen lighting: a tech-savvy LED light for the smart home

Material: Plastic
Type: LED Spotlight
Bulb Wattage: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Control brightness and other modes from your phone

Considering incorporating smart lighting into your kitchen? We couldn't recommend the Philips Hue Ambience Still Spotlight, more.

The LED spotlight is contemporary and minimal, with four light recipes designed to change the mood and brightness of your space, at the touch of a button. Simply sync it to your smart phone and enjoy a whole range of programmable options – including getting your light to flash at you when your dinner is ready.

Discover more of the best smart lighting to light your home in our handy guide. Or, upgrade a current lighting system with out pick of the best smart lightbulbs.

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the best kitchen lighting: Starkey Cluster Pendant Light

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5. Starkey Cluster Pendant Light

Best cluster kitchen lighting: this cluster of bulbs is an industrial-style statement piece for your kitchen

Material: Metal
Type: Cluster pendant
Bulb Wattage: 40W
Reasons to buy
+Provides multi-directional light+Stylish design with industrial feel
Reasons to avoid
-Not for low ceilings

Filament lightbulbs are having a moment, and for good reason. We love this Starkey Cluster Pendant Light, which is guaranteed to make a statement in your kitchen.

While it looks pretty quirky, it is also a practical lighting solution that provides warm but bright light to a space. It's possible to customise your lighting to suit your taste by choosing different sized bulbs to fit the cluster.

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