The kitchen is a room for functionality and is used throughout the day. A good level of background kitchen lighting is key, which in modern kitchens is achieved by using down lights. It is essential not to cast down lights onto the floors which leaves the worktops in darkness. The down lights are used under cabinets so the worktops have a soft light reflecting off.
Up lighting can also be used in kitchens with high ceilings. Although it does not cast a direct light, up lighting creates an ambience which can emphasis architectural features.