Kitchen lighting can be tricky — too bright, and it's like you're on stage, too dim, and you can't see what you're cooking. Kitchen spotlights are a great way to get the right amount of light while adding a touch of modernity to your kitchen.

You can use them to highlight specific kitchen areas, such as the workstation or the dining area. You can also use them to create a more generalized light, providing a brighter overall light for the room.

This blog post will discuss the different types of kitchen spotlights available and how they can improve your kitchen lighting. We will also provide tips on choosing the right kitchen spotlight for your home.

Are Spotlights Good for Kitchen?

The kitchen is the busiest room in most houses. It's where we cook, eat, entertain and often work. This means that good lighting is essential. Unfortunately, many kitchens suffer from poor lighting design.

One popular solution is to install spotlights. Spotlights are a type of light fitting that can be directed at specific areas. They are often used to highlight key features or to provide task lighting.

There are several advantages to using spotlights in the kitchen:

  1. They can be very effective at brightening a dark space.
  2. They can create a more focused and intense light, which helps when preparing food or working at the counter-top.
  3. Spotlights are relatively easy to install and can be found in various styles to suit any kitchen décor.

However, there are also some drawbacks to using spotlights in the kitchen. First, they can create glare and shadows, making it difficult to see what you're doing. Second, they can be quite harsh and bright, which can be jarring when trying to relax or unwind in your kitchen. These problems can be remedied by making the right selection from the off-set or by adapting your existing design.

Ultimately, whether or not spotlights are a good fit for your kitchen depends on your personal preferences and needs.

Spotlights may be a good option if you prefer a brighter, more focused light. However, you may want to consider other kitchen lighting options such as recessed downlights if you prefer a more minimal design with options for low glare versions where the light is set back within the downlight structure.

Which Spotlights Are Best for Kitchen?

Recessed downlights are installed directly into the ceiling, while standard spotlights are surface mounted or track lights are mounted onto a length of track that runs along the room's perimeter.

The track light option does provide more flexibility as you can easily reposition the lights within the track and add more spotlights yourself. Various kitchen spotlights are available on the market, from singles to six-ways. A six-way spotlight may be the best option if you have a large kitchen with multiple work areas. This will give you plenty of light to work with, and you can direct it as needed. A triple spotlight is a good choice for small to medium size rooms as you can distribute the light to the main areas around the room. While a single spotlight can only be directed in one area, they maybe sufficient if you have a particularly small kitchen or only one work area.

Lighting Technologies

Different types of lighting technologies have been used with spotlights in the past 20 years, such as halogen, CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) and LED (Light Emitting Diode). LED technology has become the clear favourite due to its higher levels of energy efficiency and longevity. Choosing the right LED is crucial, with an abundance of choices for beam angles, colour temperatures and brightness's and if you're not happy with the final results you can swap them over for another version.

Nowadays LED is the only viable option, most of the other light bulb types are banned in the UK & EU due to their inefficiency. LED is now an affordable option, while they were expensive in the early days, manufacturers are now competing with each other to produce bright and good quality LED light bulbs at competitive prices - which is great for the consumer!

What are the different finishes and styles of kitchen spotlights?

There are also many different finishes and styles of kitchen spotlights available on the market. Popular options include:

  • Brushed nickel
  • Chrome
  • Stainless steel
  • White or matt white
  • Matt black

Forum Harvey Spotlights

Integrated LED Vs. GU10 Retrofit Lamps

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right kitchen spotlights, and one of the most important is the bulb type. Integrated LED spotlights are a less popular option because you can't change the LED if it fails or if you want to use a different colour temperature or beam angle, but the integrated LED option is generally brighter and longer lasting. The GU10 retrofit lamp option is by far the most popular choice as they provide users with more flexibility in their design and you're not stuck with the same lighting effect forever, unless you replace the entire fitting.

GU10 LEDs provide good lighting coverage and are easy to install. We would generally recommend the GU10 retrofit option for the majority of applications. Ultimately, the best decision depends on your needs and budget. If you want low-maintenance lighting that will last for longer, then integrated LED is the way to go. But if you're looking for an affordable, easy installation option, GU10 retrofit lamps are a good choice. Whichever option you choose, buy from a reputable lighting brand to get high-quality products that provide years of trouble-free use.

How Bright Should Kitchen Lights Be?

Lumens are a unit of measurement that indicate the brightness of a light. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light. For kitchen ceiling lights, you want to choose a light with a high lumen output so that it is bright enough to see clearly while cooking or working at the counter-top. You also want to ensure the light is not too bright, which can be jarring and cause eye fatigue.

Opting for dimmable LEDs gets around the issue as you can adjust the brightness with a dimmer switch. But not all LEDs are dimmable, so double check when you're ordering. If you're upgrading from halogen to LED, you'll most likely need to upgrade your dimmer switch as it will need to be an LED compatible dimmer switch. A good rule of thumb is to choose an LED light bulb with an output of at least 350 lumens, this would be comparable in brightness to an old 50W halogen.

Philips GU10 LED Lamp

Philips GU10 LED Lamp

Ordering an LED by the wattage isn't the recommended practice, ideally you want the lowest wattage, with the highest lumens as this will give you a higher efficacy. Efficacy is the lighting term for energy efficiency as it considers other factors such as the light output ratio. Light output ratio is the percentage of light that the lamp or light fitting emits, a halogen used to have a light output ratio of 0.9 as the 10% of the light got wasted in the reflector, while an LED lamp is usually 1.0 as 100% of the light gets emitted.

What Is the Best Colour Temperature for Kitchen Lights?

The colour temperature of a light is measured in Kelvin (K) and indicates how warm or cool the light appears. For kitchen lights, you want to choose a light that matches your design.

A warm colour temperature is softer on the eyes but can produce an orange tone. A light with a colour temperature of 2700K is known as extra warm white and is similar to a halogen or incandescent. The most popular choice of colour temperature in the modern age is 3000K, which is known as warm white, this is whiter and clearer than 2700K but not as harsh as 4000K, which is known as cool white. If in doubt go with 3000K which is usually a good choice for most kitchens.

However, if you want a really clear, brighter and whiter light, you can go up to 6000K. Just ensure the light isn't too clinical for you. The higher kelvin rates have a blue tinge and can make a room feel cold and sterile like a doctors surgery, but used within the right, more modern setting they can help to create a more modern tone.

If your kitchen has white cabinet fascias and white walls, the higher colour temperatures can help to accent them. If you're really not sure, or want the flexibility of being able to change colour temperatures you could choose a CCT (Correlated Colour Temperature) adjustable lamp, which contains multiple colour temperatures in one. You then change the colour temperatures with a smartphone or controller.


Good lighting is essential in any room, but it is especially vital in the kitchen. After all, this is where you prepare food and you need to be able to see what you are doing more clearly. Whichever type of spotlight you choose, ensure it is bright enough to illuminate your work area properly. Otherwise, you may find yourself cooking in a dark and unwelcoming environment.