Install New Kitchen Lights Lighting might be the most important facet of any space — bold statement, we know. But, think about how unwelcoming a harsh, fluorescent vibe can be. If your kitchen and eating area are joined, the light you use has to work for both. You need to be able to see what you're chopping, but also have the ambience for a romantic dinner. Don't have time to switch out fixtures? Buy a softer wattage bulb.