What's Trending in Kitchen and Bath Lighting

Lighting is too frequently the last element in a kitchen or bath design project to be specified, using whatever dollars are left over in the budget. However, the importance of lighting should never be underestimated. Good lighting will make the space more functional and attractive, while poor lighting can savage an otherwise great design.

It should be considered early and thoughtfully in the design plan. Especially in states with very strict energy codes, factoring in what you need to meet these rules early will save you permitting headaches later.

So what are the best kitchen and bath lighting options right now? What are the pitfalls to avoid? And what are the hot trends, both technologically and aesthetically, to consider for your designs? This month, KBDN asked three lighting experts to weigh in on these topics: