ceiling fan light choices-help!

katrina_ellenFebruary 21, 2011

I have a tiny kitchen 8.5 ft. by 11, the only light I have besides the ceiling fan light is a light over the sink - right now I have a pendent but am planning on replacing it with one recessed can light. My question is, should I choose a ceiling fan light with the 4 small globes that light different directions, or one central globe in the center? I am thinking the four small would be best, but the kitchen is so small it may not matter. I also have a window over the sink facing south and a window facing east.

My ceiling is at 7'10" Thank you for your help!

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DavidR

A single lamp is usually more efficient (in terms of lumens per watt). That is, one lamp has more luminous output than multiple lamps adding up to the same wattage.

This is especially true for incandescents, but it's also true for fluorescent, and I expect for LED lighting too.

I don't see any advantage for the recessed light over a pendant, but of course that's up to you.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2011 at 10:39PM
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katrina_ellen

davidr - thank you!! Also, thanks for the input about the pendant, I assumed because the can light would be up higher that it would light the area better than the pendant that is hanging further down. But then again the light would have to travel farther. I also considered a flush mount fixture that would give me 100W or equivalent depending on the light source. But maybe I don't need that much light over the sink. Any suggestions? Thanks again.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 2:16PM
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DavidR

Most pendants, at least those with translucent globes, produce some indirect light. This is light reflected off surfaces above and around you. It fills in the shadows so your lighting is more even.

OTOH, recessed lights have no indirect component, so they produce stronger, darker shadows. How objectionable this is depends on the exact location of the light relative to where you do your work.

As for the amount of light, it really depends on your needs. As I get older I find that I need more light. That said, currently I have a 15 watt fluorescent light (equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent) over my sink. That seems to be plenty, as long as the other lights in the kitchen are on. Others might want more.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 10:38AM
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