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Light has a huge influence on our health and sense of well-being. Of course, natural lighting is always optimum, but it's important also to bring in light in the healthiest way possible. Good lighting is essential in a kitchen—as well as being functional, it can also add ambiance. I love dimmer switches, as I can have my lights bright when needed, then can turn them down to create a more romantic atmosphere. It's a good idea to have lighting fixtures on various levels, like under-counter lighting for local areas. Being subjected to fluorescent lighting for extended periods is not optimum, as it tends to flicker and can cause eyestrain, headaches and stress the nervous system. If using fluorescent lighting, it's best to use full-spectrum bulbs.