New Designs Shed Light on Functionality

Light fixtures have been referred to as the “jewelry” of a kitchen or bath design but, truth be told, today’s lighting is so much more. While lighting can make a major statement and dramatically enhance the overall look of a room, its functionality and energy-efficient operation are key to how well the space works.

In today’s kitchen, for example, undercabinet lighting can illuminate the task at hand, while toe kick lighting can provide guidance for aging and physically challenged homeowners. In-cabinet lighting can assist in finding objects in dark corners as well as showcase treasured collectibles. Pendants and overhead lighting can add warmth to a room while illuminating workspaces.

In the bath, sconces and overhead lighting add function and beauty while pulling double-duty as night lights. And, LED options in both the bath and the kitchen provide illumination while staying cool and using very little wattage, offering significant energy and cost savings.

This month, Kitchen & Bath Design News takes a look at some of the most recent introductions to the kitchen and bath lighting market.