12 Best Ceiling Lights for Kitchens

Kitchens are one of if not the most frequently accessed areas of our homes; we begin the day by preparing breakfast at the stove and end it with cooking dinners for ourselves and our families. As a result, a well-lit kitchen is essential. Aside from an accent/pendant lamp or two, the illumination of your overhead ceiling light is very important to the aesthetics of your kitchen. Therefore, we have curated a list of the best ceiling lights for kitchens.

The best lighting for your kitchen economically, environmentally, and functionality-wise, are LED bulbs of either Bright White or Daylight color temperatures. Because this is The Smart Homer, each of the lighting options listed below are compatible with LED bulbs that provide you with the most optimal light for kitchen activities.

Here are the top 12 ceiling lights for every type of kitchen.

Hykolity 13 Inch Brushed Nickel LED Ceiling Flush Mount – 2 Pack ($59.99)

Hykolity 13 inch Flush Mount Ceiling Light, 3000K/4000K/5000K CCT, 20W [180W Equiv.] 1365LM CRI90, Surface Mount LED Light Fixture with Brushed Nickel for Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom, ETL Listed - 2 Pack View on Amazon

This Hykolity Brushed Nickel LED Ceiling lights put a modern twist on a classic design; the TRIAC dimming is compatible with most LED dimmers, and you can choose between 3000K, 4000K, or 5000K color temperatures. To alter the lighting, you simply remove the rim frame, select your ideal color, and then reattach the ring. The light’s high color rendering index of 90+ means that any little splash of pigment or framed kitchen print will be beautifully illuminated in vibrant colors. Even at nearly fourteen inches across, the design is minimal and energy efficient. Hykolity, a California-based and operated LED manufacturer, has been included in the Electrician’s Choice series for the high performance and resilience of their products.

For easy installation, the Hykolity’s smart design holds the fixture to the ceiling while you tighten the wires, so that one person can easily do it themselves.

4.8/5 stars out of 194 ratings.

Airand 5000K LED Ceiling Light Flush Mount ($26.99)

Airand 5000K LED Ceiling Light Flush Mount 18W 1650LM Round LED Ceiling Lamp for Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Hallway, Stairwell, 9.5'', Waterproof IP44, 80Ra, 150W Equivalent (Daylight White) View on Amazon

For a light that best mimics midday sunshine, the Airand 5000K LED is perfect for tall-ceilings and those who love to spend a lot of time in the kitchen food prepping.  Built from sturdy polycarbonate-ABS, the high-quality materials and milk white plastic shell prevent glare while simultaneously brightening every corner of your kitchen. The LED lighting is 85% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and the Daylight / Cold Light LED will open up the space without the harsh glow of fluorescence.

For installation, this light comes with mounting materials and requires wiring, but set-up is easy with an accompanying instruction booklet. A mounting bar and pins allow you to install the light through ceiling wiring, or you have the option to connect wires to any other electrical source (perfect for college students without electrical engineering experience who are moving into their first apartment).

Waterproof, 9.45 x 9.45 x 1.9 inches, with 18-Watt power and a 30,000-hour lifetime, the Airand 5000K LED Ceiling light has 4.4/5 stars out of 581 ratings.

Hamilton Hills Round Flush Mount Thin Ceiling Light ($25.99)

Hamilton Hills New Round Flush Mount Thin Ceiling Light |  LED Disc Shaped Thinnest Round Dimmable Lighting Fixture Direct Wire Lights No Drywall Work Required 3000K Bright White 5.5' Brushed Nickel View on Amazon

This sleek, slim, and bright 5.5-inch overhead light is practically designed for above-sink or stove use. Small yet powerful, the 3000K bright white LED lights give you excellent illumination for chopping, sautéing, or washing. Its sophisticated design is low-profile and requires no exterior drivers or recessing, it can be easily installed and is wonderfully suited for contact with steam. With dimming functions, this Hamilton Hills Round Ceiling light is one of the absolute best small kitchen lights on the market; Hamilton Hills is a three-generational family company that prides itself on producing high-quality products, with a 100% money back guarantee. This model is also energy-efficient and promises a 50,000-hour rated lifetime. 

4.5/5 stars out of 1,105 ratings.

Glanzhaus Crystal Chandelier ($40.99)

GLANZHAUS Modern Design 11.8 Inches Small Clear Crystal Beads Bowl Shaped Chrome Finish Base Chandelier Crystal Ceiling Light, Flush Mount Ceiling Light Suitable For Bedroom Living Room Hallway View on Amazon

This chandelier is elegant, providing a warm atmosphere for meal prep, cozy cocktail parties, and romantic dinners. It requires two 60-Watt E12 light bulbs (not included) but is compatible with a range of LED options; for use in the kitchen, use bright white bulbs or those over 3000K (like these Archer Candelabra bulbs). The clear crystals of this Mid-Century Modern chandelier translate to a wonderfully soft lighting texture that doesn’t sacrifice adequate brightness. With a chrome finish and flush ceiling installation, this Glanzhaus product will meld seamlessly into any modern room and walk a perfect balance between beauty and functionality. For a fun twist, use color-changing bulbs to create spectacular shadow designs.

Installation requires ceiling wiring, but instructions are provided.

11.81 x 4.72 inches, 4.6/5 stars out of 96 ratings.

VILUXY Retro Industrial Rectangle Flush Mount Ceiling Light Fixture ($83.99)

VILUXY Retro Industrial Rectangle Flush Mount Ceiling Light Fixture with Wood Shade for Hallway, Entryway, Passway, Dining Room, Bedroom, Balcony Living Room Two-Light View on Amazon

A farm-house style fixture made of solid wood batten and metal canopy; this light will give your kitchen a homey, rustic feel. Installation is easy with all mounting hardware and assembly instructions included and comes with a dimmer switch to either brighten or soften the mood of your kitchen. The sockets are compatible with two E26 60W bulbs (not included), which can be used with LED, Incandescent, Fluorescent, or Halogen bulbs. We recommend LED lighting, as it is the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient choice. The square fixture is 13.4 x 13.3 x 7.7 inches, making it a beautiful statement piece to liven up the space.

4.5/5 stars out of 71 ratings.

Mlambert Industrial Metal Pendant Light ($31.99)

Industrial Metal Pendant Light, 11.8'' Farmhouse Hanging Light Fixtures, Adjustable Chandelier Ceiling Lamp, Spherical Pendant Lighting for Kitchen Island Dining Room, LED Bulb Included, Matte Black View on Amazon

If you’re looking for a ceiling light which gives a little more of a statement, this Industrial Metal Pendant from Mlambert might just be the one. This product is vintage in style, with a black metal globe of four light rings that can be spun around screws to create fun and malleable displays. This iron alloy finished fixture comes with an ST58 Vintage LED bulb (another bill saver), which gives off a Kelvin rating of 27000; to maximize lighting efficiency in your kitchen, pair the pendant with complimentary 3000+ Kelvin light sources to create layers of illumination. 11.8 inches in diameter with an adjustable 51-inch cord, this fixture is ideal for hanging over island counters or above breakfast nooks. 

4.4/5 stars out of 38 ratings.

Philips Hue Beyond Dimmable LED Smart Ceiling Light ($299.97)

Philips Hue Beyond Dimmable LED Smart Ceiling Light (White Works with Alexa, Apple Homekit, and Google Assistant) View on Amazon

If you’re a Go Big or Go Home personality, this is the light for you. It’s also the light for tech-savvy and modern kitchen aficionados; the Philips Hue Beyond Dimmable LED Smart Ceiling Light is everything it claims to be. An elegant, simple fixture, this white ceiling light of synthetics is designed with dimmability, color changing, diffused lighting effects, ZigBee Light Link, and adjustable height special features. Add-ons, such as the separately sold Hue Hub, can allow you to control your Smart Lights from either the grocery store or the office, set timers, or pair with motion sensor technologies. The lumination can flux anywhere between 2000K and 65000K, entirely adjustable to suit the activity of your kitchen, whether it’s making a cheese plate for your party guests at midnight or preparing a savory stew in the afternoon.

8.2 x 17.7 x 17.7 inches, 4.1/5 stars out of 108 ratings.

DLLT Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light ($69.99)

DLLT Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light, 3-Light Modern Entry Light Fixture Ceiling Hanging with Drum Shade for Bedroom, Dining Room, Kitchen, Hallway, Entry, Living Room, Brushed Chrome Finish View on Amazon

This is the light for any sophisticated kitchen space; retro in feel, the DLLT Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light is a classic design, with intricate carved lattice and room enough for three bulbs. The geometric metal work contrasts boldly with the round mount, and the light silver shine is sure to highlight the airiness of your kitchen. It is compatible with dimming bulbs, with standard E26 sockets. The white fabric shade and frosted white acrylic diffuser around the base and drum of the lamp will offer a soothing luminance for any bulb installed and can be used with a dimmable bulb and accompanying switch. If you have a bar area in your kitchen, this lighting fixture will transform the space into something as fabulous as the Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles.

13.4 x 13.4 x 6.8 inches, 4.5/5 stars out of 124 ratings.

Licperron Semi-Flush Mount Ceiling Light ($23.09)

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If you want an elegantly designed overhead light for a fraction of what most similar fixtures might cost, this gorgeous semi-flush light is perfect for you. Small but lovely (4.7 inches in diameter), the Licperron Semi-Flush Mount Ceiling Light is compatible with E26/27 Edison bulbs (which are designed to look like those that Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, would have used back in 1880, although modern productions offer both incandescent and LED options. You can even purchase a White ST19 40W Equivalent Dimmable Wireless Edison Smart Bulb with Bluetooth from Home Depot for use in the Licperron). The aged look of this fixture is charming, but the modern touch is endless.

Instillation is easy, with only a drill required. 4.6/5 stars out of 334 ratings.

Hykolity 4-Light Convertible Chandelier / Semi-Flush Ceiling Fixture ($79.99)

27 inch Modern LED Pendant Light, LED Ring Chandeliers, Contemporary Irregular Hanging Pendant Lighting View on Amazon

Another superb lighting option from Hykolity, this chandelier gives you multiple shape options for unique kitchen lighting. It glows with vintage charm, built with an oil rubbed bronze finish and broad metal shades. A bonus of four beautiful LED Edison Bulbs are included, all with dimming capabilities up to 27000K (again, this light fixture is perfect for creating dynamic layers of brightness when paired with other high-Kelvin bulbs, such as the Hamilton Hills Round Flush Mount Thin Ceiling Light). The 4-Light Convertible Chandelier is a durable product that comes with a five-year warranty and handles up to 22 Watts. If you happen to live in a home where your dining room and kitchen meet in an open space, this lighting option serves as a wonderful gateway of light between the two, and installation is easy with a universal Junction Box mounting plate (the electrical casing which allows you to take off and install new lighting fixtures).

Taloya Smart Ceiling Light Flush Mount LED WiFi ($89.99)

Taloya Smart Ceiling Light Flush Mount LED WiFi, Compatible with Alexa Google Home, Dimmable Low Profile Ambient Light Fixture for Bedroom Living Room,12 Inch 24W View on Amazon

Our second smart kitchen light on the list, Taloya’s fixture comes with a high-quality fire-resistant shell that prevents any risk of electric shock, electric leakages, and even potential disasters caused by electricity short circuiting. The design is sleek and minimal, with both Front White Light and BackLight RGB color options, ranging from blue, yellow, green, pink, and purple. Each color can be dimmed by Alexa or a cellphone app voice-control option, and all the while it uses only 4-Watt power (although it is 20-Watt capable). You can slide the lights from 10% brightness to a full 100%, and with LED bulbs the Taloya Smart Ceiling Light has a life expectancy of up to five years.

11.8 x 11.8 x 1 inches, 4.4/5 stars out of 91 ratings.

DLLT 6-Light Track Lighting Fixtures Swing Arm ($63.60)

DLLT 6-Light Track Lighting Fixtures Swing Arm, Kitchen Ceiling Spot Light, Flush-Mount Foldable Track Rail Lighting for Living Room, Dining Room, Offices, Bedroom, Picture Wall, Kitchen, Warm Light View on Amazon

With up to six light bulb sockets, this fixture from DINGLILIGHTING is the ultimate appeal for kitchen-meets-gallery. Including six 3-Watt lightbulbs that produce up to 3000K of warm white light, this overhead light features adjustable swiveling track heads, so that you can shine individual lights upon the most pivotal elements of your kitchen, such as the stovetop, counters, or sink. With an easy-install including all mounting hardware and a canopy mounting plate, this option is especially prime for sloped or vaulted kitchen ceilings. If you have exquisite art, sculptural pan hangers, or even a really nice paper towel holder, this modern Nickel light is how you’ll want to illuminate them.

18 x 7.4 x 5.7 inches, 4.2/5 stars out of 37 ratings.

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