Kitchen Light Fixtures must be lighter than in other rooms in a house. A foot-candle is the measurement standard for the amount of light in 1 square meter of light. The kitchens need up to 50 foot-candles while one bedroom only needs 25 and a living room needs 35. Light design should provide good specialized lighting over workstations as well as overhead kitchen lights for general lighting.
If you think of kitchen lighting design in layers, it is the top layer of ceiling lights. Providing adequate overall lighting, factor in the positioning of the lamps to achieve evenly distributed ambient lighting throughout the ceiling. A light usually provides coverage up to four times its ceiling height. A light in a 10 meter high ceiling would cover 40 square meters of floor space. The use of baffles and reflectors changes the size and shape of the illuminated area.
Desk lamps double the brightness over work surfaces, such as the various types and cooking area. This second layer of lighting can be in the ceiling, temporarily or mounted under the cabinet. Typically, a well-placed desk lamp covers three times its height above the mounting area. For best results, there is spot work lighting directly over the work surface and in front of where you stand. Incorrectly placed desk lamps can cause shadows, reducing their efficiency.