The kitchen is one of the rooms in your home that gets the most use so it is is not a surprise that it is also one room that is upgraded and renovated pretty frequently. Lighting in your kitchen is one of the things you can do that is not terribly expensive but can make a huge difference in the look and feel of the kitchen.
Choosing New Lighting
The first step in updating the lighting in your kitchen is to look at what you currently have and decide how you want to change it. If the lighting is dull or there just isn't enough of it, you may want to add additional lights to the room but if it is old and outdated, an entirely new style lighting may be in order.
A trip to a home center or lighting center is a good first step. You can look at the lighting they have to offer and get an idea about what you want in your home. Taking the time to shop for lights will sometimes help you decide if you are going to add some to the room, or tear out all the old lights and start over.
Removing the Old Lighting
Once you have selected your new lighting, the old lighting needs to come out but you need to be careful that you do not damage the ceiling or wall where the old lights are mounted. If the entire kitchen is getting a renovation, that might not be an issue, but if all you are doing is lights, tearing holes in drywall or other material on the ceiling can mean an expensive repair that you did not plan for.
It is a good idea to hire an electrician and have them remove the lights for you. The electrician will have the tools and experience to remove the lights without taking the entire ceiling down at the same time.
Installing Your New Lights
Once your old lights are gone, the electrician can install the new lights for you. If the lights are replacing similar lighting, the electrician may be able to use some of the same mounting locations and wiring for the new lights. If the lights are new additions to the kitchen, the electrician may have to put in a new electrical box, run a new circuit from the electrical panel, and then install the new light in the spot you would like it.
Recessed lighting can sometimes use the same holes as previous recessed lights but keep in mind, if the fixtures are different, you may need to have to add some drywall work to the list of things that need to be done before the lights can be installed.