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
The best kitchen lighting is the Coleman Clear Glass And Copper Ceiling Light (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), 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 is the Coleman Clear Glass And Copper Ceiling Light (opens in new tab) 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.
If you like to keep things minimal, but want to give your kitchen a little edge, this East White And Gold Metal Ceiling Light (opens in new tab), 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.
Looking for something a little more unique? This Faye Pendant Light (opens in new tab) 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.
Considering incorporating smart lighting into your kitchen? We couldn't recommend the Philips Hue Ambience Still Spotlight (opens in new tab), 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.
Filament lightbulbs are having a moment, and for good reason. We love this Starkey Cluster Pendant Light (opens in new tab), 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.