Need suggestions with kitchen lighting

sara26January 27, 2009

Need help choosing lighting. Almost finished with kitchen remodel. We have lighting that needs to go over the bar, over the sink, and over the corner table. We would choose pendant lighting over the bar but the cabinet doors when open get in the way of the pendant cord. Also, our ceiling is slanted. I would post a pic, but not sure how. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks,


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Hi Sara,
There are several ways to deal with that. You could do recessed can lights, or swag pendants and swag it past the cabinet door. It's a little hard to suggest without seeing, but the best thing may be an adjustable rail light. Then you can aim the light wherever you'd like.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 7:52AM
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Hi Sara, What did you end up doing about the lights? We have the same problem. Our kitchen ceiling is slanted. We want to do recessed lights, but don't want them shooting down at an angle.
Any suggestions?
No, those aren't skylights. They're florecent! Yuck!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 9:34AM
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Don't be too quick to rip out those fluorescents. You may say "yuck" now, but when you replace them you're going to find that you can't equal the high quality of even, utilitarian task lighting they provide at a low operating cost.

True, other types of lighting are more in fashion, but recessed lights especially are expensive to install and don't do nearly as good a job of lighting a space.

I'd upgrade the fixtures you have with electronic ballasts (if they're not so fitted) and high-CRI lamps, and leave them.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 1:22AM
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If you're intent on swapping out the existing recessed fluorescent for recesed pot lights, look for gimbal lights where you can adjust the angle. eg - Cree LE6. The amount of space in the ceiling would affect the viability of recessed pot lights.

Or does the look/ arrangement of the recessed fluorescent have an influence on the "yuck" factor?

You could also consider chandelier/ pendants/ cove lighting.

As a side note, Cree is bringing LED troffers to the market that they claim will be on par with T8 fluorescent troffers cost wise, have a CRI of 90 and ~ 90 - 100 lumens per watt.

Here is a link that might be useful: CR24 LED troffers

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 12:27PM
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