Narrowing Down My Kitchen Lighting Options

Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by Kristi Linauer

I spent some time last night scouring the web for lighting options for my kitchen, and I believe I’ve found some really viable options.

First up, for the main light in the kitchen, I found three candidates:

Option 1: VERY simple (and very inexpensive) from Home Depot. I can’t say that I just LOVE this light, but the $34.20 price tag, along with the vintage look, makes it very appealing to me. One thing’s for sure…it certainly wouldn’t compete with my glass chandelier!

Option 2: Again very simple, and I love the square shape. But is that square shape really worth an extra $89? Yep, the $123 price tag seems a bit much for something so…well…plain. But then again, simple IS what I want! *Sigh* I just don’t know.

Option 3: I absolutely love this third option. And again, if my condo were larger, or if the kitchen were more of a stand-alone room, I’d probably jump at this one. But…will this compete with my glass chandelier that will be about seven feet away? Another hesitation is that shiny chrome finish. Why can’t it be brushed nickel!!?? It’s priced at $104.99, but because of the crazy way I see things, that doesn’t seem unreasonable, since it’s more of a decorative light. The more decorative it is, the more reasonable a higher price tag seems to me.

For the other areas, I really didn’t find “options”. I pretty much found the ones that I’m certain that I’m almost 100% pretty sure that I think I want to use. (Did you follow that?) 😀

For above the sink, I really like this pendant, and the $45 price tag is reasonable. It’s simple with a classic/vintage look:

And then for the sconces above the built-in banquette seating, these matching $33 sconces are my favorites so far. Again, the simple, classic look is what I’ve been searching for.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the three main lighting options!

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    February 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I vote #3 and sand/spray paint the shiny to brushed nickel…I think kitchen's look so much nicer with light falling on them, while the ceiling mount options might come off looking more like builder grade vs. intentional. 🙂 Just my 2 cents. Love the progress though.

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    February 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Three is GORGEOUS! I wish you had linked it so I could see the dimensions. If it is a lot smaller in scale than the chandelier, it will work.

    The last two are from Lowe's, right? I've seen them. They are nice. Plain, but nice. I like the ball shaped detail and it will look good with your pulls.

    You're really making progress now!!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    February 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Three is definitely my favorite. Here is the link:


    It's 17.5 inches in diameter. Hmmmm…I'm so unsure.

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    February 11, 2010 at 11:59 am

    If you have a chandelier nearby, I wouldn't do 3. I like option 1 with the other fixtures you will be using. It has a round element that the other 2 have as well. I like them all though!

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    Laurie - Little Blue Chairs
    February 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I vote for number 1- love the vintage vibe and the price tag would e good for me- a classic.

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    Candy (Mama Lion)
    February 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I like number 1. I think u hit the nail on the head – the look of number 3 may take away from the chandelier so close in proximity. Plus the price of number 1 is sweet.