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Written by Larry Cook

How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, a kitchen remodel, electrical design and installation can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also increase your home’s resale value. Part 2 will discuss Kitchen Lighting, Electrical Circuits, and Contractors.

Kitchen Lighting

An excellent layout of switches and electrical lighting circuits can significantly raise the functionality and pleasure of using a new kitchen. In addition, it can help reduce energy use as well. Creating work areas will help you determine a plan for switches and lighting. One idea is a handful of recessed lights illuminating a work island.  Another design idea is track lighting for a counter dining area. One notion is installing one light over the sink connected to a dimmer switch.

It is important to also think about the right locations. You want to avoid having dark shadows thrown over main preparation and work zones. Individual electrical lighting circuits and switches can assist in decreasing electrical consumption because electrical lights can be turned off in areas where people are not present. In addition, electrical dimmer switches let you set low-level lighting at night.

Electrical Circuits

Knowing the electrical circuit requirements for new appliances will allow sound planning for a kitchen remodel. Some new refrigerators and built-in microwaves need their own dedicated electrical circuit. Every kitchen electrical outlet must have the protection of a GFCI electrical circuit or receptacle. The National Fire Protection Association requires a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) for every kitchen outlet. An electrical schematic can be drafted by your electrical contractor to show how electrical outlets will be configured for convenience and utility.


As a kitchen remodeling project is a major undertaking, the plumbing, general construction, and electrical contractors must work in coordination. Choose an electrical services company that is both experienced and expert in kitchen remodeling. An electrical inspection of your home will be performed, and the licensed electrician will make recommendations that consider the current condition of your home’s electrical wiring and your kitchen remodeling goals.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:

  • Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical Service & Repair
  • Specialty Electrical Services

For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.