Kitchen Remodel: Surface Mount Fluorescents?
We are remodeling out 12 x 12 kitchen. Existing lighting is provided by 1 48" 4 tube T-12 fluorescent fixture mounted on the ceiling, 2 incandescent cans over the sink, and a pendent lamp with 6 small candle bulbs. The microwave hood also provides light over the range.
The ceiling fluorescent fixture is ugly and must go, even though it provides adequate illumination. The soffet above the sink will be removed, so the cans must be removed or relocated. We rarely turn them on.
The new wall cabinets will have T-4 or T-5 slim fluorescent fixtures mounted to their bottoms and will be located behind lighting valences.
I'm wondering why using some surface-mounted T-8 fluorescent fixtures like the Philips Lightolier Belmont series wouldn't be preferable to installing a number of cans with LEDs in them. The Lightoliers look much better that the metal box with faux wood grain sides they will replace.
Here is a link that might be useful: Lightolier Belmont T-8 Fluorescent