struggling with choosing LED pendant light choices

gwaldAugust 25, 2012

hi - I re-did the kitchen a bit and now have a new continuous counter all along the sink wall, where there is a spot to work and 2 areas with stools for eating. There are 2 ceiling lights that light up the kitchen pretty well. My idea is to put 4 pendants in, one over the sink, one over the work area and 1 over each of the 2 eating spots. There are some pretty fancy LED pendant lights on the market, but rather than spend that much money, I see that you can get pendants relatively inexpensively that use the LED bulb E26 (8.5W 400 Lumen).

My questions are:

1. Does this seem like a viable solution?

2. Does this type of LED bulb come in different wattages?

I'd really appreciate any suggestions or ideas.



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Maybe it would work if you're able to use a A19 bulb (e.g. - enduraLED or the L prize bulb).

E26 is the size of the base. 8.5W for 400 lumens is rather low for LED.

The L prize bulb produces ~ 900 lumens for almost the same power consumption.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 10:36AM
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thx David - Do you think that there is any difference between the screw-in type bulb vs the types of bulbs that high-end fixtures would use that would make one "better" than the other. My guess is that with a more expensive track/pendant system, you are paying for the convenience and style of a track. Do you agree?

thx for your help!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 1:33PM
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If the fixtures you're considering use the A19 standard bulb type, the deciding factors would come down to build quality, design and style. The brand name does play a part in the pricing.

A track system is convenient way to ensure that the lights all line up, but the style and cost may not make sense.

I think getting the correct style that suits your family is just as important as raw light output.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 12:54AM
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I like the idea of limiting the total circuit current because I had planned to tap off of the over-head sink light switch. My thought was that if it was a small base like E26 vs A19, the total wattage would be limited.

Is your thought that the E26 ore E27 size bulbs are not versatile enough?


    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 6:16PM
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The size of the base will not limit the total wattage.

The more compact LED bulbs don't have as much light output as A19 enduraLED and L Prize bulbs.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 6:43PM
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