A well-lit kitchen, both in a home and restaurant, is important for a number of reasons. Proper lighting not only provides a well-lit and bright workspace for kitchen staff, but can actually increase productivity and safety too.
Proper kitchen lighting can:
- Improve moods: This includes your kitchen staff as well as diners. A well-lit kitchen can actually improve your staff’s performance as preparing food in a poorly lit space can be a challenge. You also want customers to be able to see the food they are eating, but you don’t want overly bright and harsh lighting, which can actually cause people to rush through their meals and enjoy it less.
- Increase sales: With a well-set mood, lights can also influence your customer’s desire to stay and spend more in your restaurant. (The longer customers spend in an establishment, the more likely they are to spend more money.) Well-lit kitchens and dining areas can also help your staff make food look highly presentable and more appealing to customers.
- Impact safety: Lighting is crucial to the safety your employees, especially those working with sharp objects. You want your kitchen to be well-lit so your staff can help you provide customers with the best dining experience possible.
Kitchen lights generally require two types of lighting: task light and ambient light. Ambient light brightens the entire room while tasks lighting adds visibility to specific areas where your kitchen staff will be working. For example, if staff is frequently chopping meat, vegetables, and other ingredients on countertops located under shelving or cabinets then under-cabinet task lighting is often required for those spaces. On the other hand, track lights are a great way to illuminate the sink area when washing dishes. If you want to include fancier lighting in your kitchen, you can also opt for accent lighting and decorative lighting, but these options are generally left for personal and home kitchens rather than commercial kitchens.
You may also want to consider letting in some natural lighting if possible, as natural light tends to help people be most productive when they work. Though restaurant, nursing home, and hospital kitchens don’t frequently have many windows, skylights are a good alternative option if you don’t want passerbyers looking in.
A properly lit kitchen can help your staff perform their tasks better, feel comfortable in their workspace, and—although patrons won’t see the kitchen often—contribute to the room’s overall appearance.