Kitchen lighting plan and Fluorescent vs LED recessed
I was all ready to trot off to get my permit this week, but I'm now not sure about my lighting plan. I had planned on fluorescent recessed lighting for the general lighting, fluorescent under cabinet strips, and incandescent pendants - 2 over the eating bar at the island and 1 over the sink. An electrician I was interviewing said "don't do fluorescent recessed, do LED recessed. Every customer I know who's done fluorescent has been unhappy with it." I'm in CA, so need to follow Title 24, meaning I need to have 1/2 of my wattage in the kitchen be high efficacy (LED or fluorescent). If I change to LED, I won't be able to do a pendant over the sink because LED fixtures are much lower wattage than fluorescent. Any feedback on my lighting plan in general? Or on the question of fluorescent vs. LED? Especially anybody who actually has recent fluorescent recessed lighting? If I switch to LED then I won't have enough watts to do a pendant over the sink; do I have enough light for the sink area if I just remove the pendant?
I saw several references to Cree LR6 here, but I seem to be missing some important understanding. It seems I need to buy something besides the LR6? Some kind of housing and/or a special base because I'm in CA? I would really appreciate someone taking pity on this newbie and helping me understand what do I need to buy to install LR6 in a remodel in California. We have attic insulation and do not plan to replace the ceiling. And what would be the Title 24 wattage I could count for each fixture?
I can't get my permit till I figure this out. :(
Thanks in advance for any and all help and advice