Kitchen Remodel: Surface Mount Fluorescents?

wobbly1905February 15, 2012

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.

Comments?

Here is a link that might be useful: Lightolier Belmont T-8 Fluorescent

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David

There are a variety of reasons why one would go with either a surface mount vs recessed cans such as
Pro
1. Cheaper installation costs than recessed cans.
2. Easier installation.
3. Small kitchen.

Cons
1. Recessed cans can be placed near or directly over work areas while the surface mount will invariably be located in the center of the room.
2. Some people find the styling of a T-8 fixture unappealing.
3. Most T-8 fixtures cannot be dimmed. Dimming Fluorescent fixtures are more expensive.

Alternatives - panel lights or the Cree CR24/CR14 troffers.

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