By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A house rarely has enough lighting, yet good lighting is important for just about everything you do there. A kitchen needs plenty of general illumination for all the tasks performed and a single fixture in the ceiling is never enough. Consider upgrading the fixture to a large fluorescent unit that will increase the lighting, and at the same time, be energy-efficient, two features that make a family friendly home.
Older eyes need increased lighting, especially when working at a kitchen counter. Thin strips of under-cabinet lighting installed on the underside of cabinets provide an important light source for counter work. Just install one underneath a cabinet near an outlet, plug it in and chopping vegetables or reading a recipe is an easy chore. The light strip fits nicely in the shallow recess at the bottom of most cabinets. A 14-inch long surface-mounted low profile light fixtures costs about $24 and is designed to direct light where it's needed; we use one as a night light in the evening to illuminate a dark kitchen.