Replace florescents with LEDs above cabinet in kitchen?
Last year I replaced all the standard bulbs (CFLs and halogens) with Philips LEDs in our table lamps, fans, and recessed lixtures, and I was quiet pleased with the results.
In our kitchen (which was remodeled in '06) there are three florescent fixtures, with each one taking two 48" T12 40W bulbs. Last month two of the florescent bulbs went out, and I replaced all 6 bulbs with Philips Kitchen & Bath florescent that is rated at 3000K and 2800 lumens. But since some of the florescent bulb's color temps in the package were off , I took them back to Home Depot and went to Lowes and got GE florescent kitchen & bath 3000k 2900 lumens. But I noticed that when using the GE florescent bulbs, it creates a noticeable high-pitch buzz from the internal ballasts (which the Philips bulbs were not at loud). It almost sounds light a high voltage transformer sound that you could hear in some CRT TVs and PC Monitors.
Anyway, at this point I'm wondering about replacing them all with LEDs. My concern is the price, and if they would be bright enough for the kitchen. The above-cabinet area where the current florescent fixtures are is an "L" shape, with 10 ft being on the longest wall, and 6 ft on the connecting wall. I'm not looking for dimming features, but but bright enough, since the kitchen and dining room is connected as one open space.
Any recommendations our advice would be appreciated.