If you have a niche, such as you might find in a bathroom or small kitchen, make sure to include enough overall illumination to cast shadows away from the countertop. When in doubt, always illuminate the corners. Portable lamps and sconces make that easy to do. Another common type of niche is within a wall with places to display pictures or other items. In that situation, puck lights work well to fully illuminate the space.
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How can I eliminate distracting shadows when I’m doing tasks at my kitchen island? – Eleanor R.
If you already have plenty of light over the center of the island, it is likely that your island is longer than the span of light coming from your fixture. Consider replacing your fixture with multiple pendants or add some additional overall fixtures such as recessed cans to cast light toward the ends of the island.