Soffit Lighting Ideas

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Soffit Lighting Ideas
Soffit lighting can add atmosphere and functionality to your home. (home workplace image by araraadt from

Lighting is not only functional in the home but provides ambience and dramatic effect. Well-placed lighting is the difference between having a room well-lit and using the lighting to the best advantage. Soffit lighting adds convenience, flair and functionality both inside and outside the home. There are several options for adding soffit lighting.

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Kitchen Soffit Lighting

Lighting the workspace in the kitchen is a big consideration in a good kitchen design. Often a central overhead light casts shadows and does not direct light into the spaces we need it most. A soffit above the cabinets with directed lighting can solve this problem, and add subtle beauty to the kitchen. The kitchen soffit will often contain lights called "cans" or "eyeballs" which are small rounded fixtures that have bulbs designed to cast light in the direction you choose. This can add a nice glow to a beautiful set of cabinets if soft lighting is chosen. These can also direct more light onto the workspace and make functioning in the kitchen much more efficient. A soffit can be added by building the soffit box on the ceiling if headspace above the cabinets allows.

Drama and Flair

Creating an atmosphere in rooms such as a living room, den or entertainment area needs to take the lighting into consideration. Adding a soffit along the ceiling at the juncture with the walls and placing lighting in the soffit can add a dramatic effect to these living spaces. Artwork displayed on the walls can become a well-lit focal point, and small cosy areas with directed soft lighting can be created. The soffit is the key to additional lighting to the room without the need for multiple lamps to crowd surfaces or floor space.

Exterior Soffit Lighting

Adding lighting to the soffit of the exterior of your home provides both beauty and security. The well-lit exterior of a home is a deterrent to theft, and makes a safer entry for anyone returning home after dark. Soffits are an excellent choice for adding lighting, as the soffit can extend the entire front of the home and provide an alternative to individual house lights that are only placed wide distances apart. Soffit lights on the exterior provide an advantage over landscape lighting, as they are not easily removed or damaged and high out of reach. If you have a beautiful home exterior, soffit lighting can also display your home in a dramatic way once the sun goes down.

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