Electrical Heavy-up, Home Electric Repair
Written by Walt Meyer

The Importance of Electrical Work for Kitchen Remodels – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, a kitchen remodel’s electrical design and installation can certainly improve the quality of daily user experience, and 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 in 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. A third concept is installing one light over the sink connected to a dimmer switch. 

It is important to also think about the right locations. You definitely want to avoid having dark shadows thrown over the main prep 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.

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Founded in 1991, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured. Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.