Countertop tasks in the kitchen are as important as any you do at a desk. Maybe even moreso since sharp knives are generally involved. So, why not use a task lamp in the kitchen? Especially when they look as great as the ones in these examples:

While it's certainly an easy diy installation to clip a corded, task lamp to a shelf, there are also wall-mount task lamps that can be hard wired for a more permanent (and clutter-free) installation.

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