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A dramatic alternative to traditional kitchen ceiling lights is to use indirect lighting. An open channel around the ceiling might be used to conceal rope lights that point upwards and have their own dimmer switch. When it's turned on, the light reflects up onto the ceiling and into the room for an effect that is both soft and bright. This can be combined with kitchen island pendant lighting for a versatile and attractive look.
Whatever your choices turn out to be, it's a good idea to have a kitchen lighting layout in mind. This may take some time to plan, but the time will be well-spent when you are enjoying your kitchen without worrying about cutting up carrots in a dark corner.