Center islands can become a central focus in any kitchen. However, they'll be most useful if they're lit with the proper lighting. Understanding the options will make it easier to choose just the right Capital island lighting for your purposes.
As long as the ceilings are relatively high, you can go a bit larger and more decorative with the lighting over a kitchen island. One option is to consider chandeliers, as they can really draw people's attention. They provide more decorative lighting, but with some of the newer LED bulbs, they can actually be a source of ambient or task lighting as well depending on the fixture and the bulbs chosen. Chandeliers are best when the ceilings are at least 9 feet high in the kitchen. This type of island lights should hang at least 28 to 34 inches above the island so it doesn't get in the way of whatever activities are taking place.
Another good option for those who want designer ceiling lighting over their islands is pendant lighting. There are so many different options available. It's best to choose either a larger pendant fixture or to use multiple pendants over the island. It looks more balanced if you opt for three pendants evenly spaced over the island than if you choose two pendants or four pendants. For a particularly interesting look, consider one of the fixtures that have multiple smaller pendants hanging at different levels.
Recessed or Flush Lighting
Those who have lower ceilings may want to opt for recessed lighting. This type of lighting isn't as decorative, but it can provide plenty of ambient and task lighting and won't hang low enough for anyone to bang their heads. Capital lighting fixtures that are flush to the ceiling allow for a bit more decorative lighting while still being suitable for kitchens with particularly low ceilings.
Track lighting can be suitable when people want to be able to point lights in multiple directions. It can provide both task lighting and a bit of ambient lighting, depending on just how it is set up. A single straight line of track lighting over the island can be a bit boring, but the tracks are also available in various curvy shapes to make things more interesting.
Whatever type of lighting you choose, be sure to choose the right bulbs. The total lumens provided by all light sources in the kitchen should fall somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000. You'll also want the right color of light. Something in the range of 2,700 kelvin to 3,500 kelvin is usually suitable for most kitchens, with the lower range working best for kitchens that have more warm tones in the decor and the higher end working best for those that have more cool tones.