Functional lighting for a pantry

SeaKozSeptember 13, 2012

Hi Folks,

I'm looking for suggestions for functional lighting for my 10x3.75 foot pantry.

I'd like something with LEDs in it, I'm using CREE can lights in the rest of my kitchen, but this is a separate room and i don't think cans are my best choice. A fluorescent T8 or two seem like they'd do a good job illuminating the space but I hate the fluorescent lighting and this is a room I won't be in for very long so the lights will cycle often and for short periods.

Thanks!

SeaKoz

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
David

You could use 2 CR6 or 1 CR14 (linear LED troffer)

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 12:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
SeaKoz

I had no idea there was such a thing. I'm going to go with this one: http://www.alconlighting.com/cree-cr14-44-watt-1-4-led-architectural-troffer-4000k-step-dimming.html

Thanks for your advice!!!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 4:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wws944

Don't make the same mistake we did. We put a CFL can in our pantry. The thing takes like a minute to get to full brightness. By the time it warms up, the pantry item has long since been found, and it is time to turn it off. Can't be good for it. My excuse is that it was required by Code, and LED wasn't as available five years ago as it is today. It is getting high on my list of remaining lights to upgrade to LED.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 7:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
SeaKoz

That's exactly what I'm trying to avoid wws, the light i'm looking at is 4k lumens, which from my rough math is about 100 footcandles for my space, which I think is enough.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 11:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
David

The CR14 is nice, but is really more suited for a larger space. 2 CR 6 lamps would suffice and cost much less.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 1:17AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
SeaKoz

The CR6 is a can light right? My concern is that it isn't going to push enough light towards the shelving.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 1:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
David

Yes it is, but the light spread is very good since all the LED emitters are forward facing and not too deeply recessed. If you want a better light spread/ spill, the LR6 which has a shallower recess is another option.

Ceiling fixture illumination
Your square footage is Possible options
1. 2 LED recessed lamps or surface mounts (e.g.- glimpse)
2. Run a CR14 at 1/2 power.
3. Add shelf lighting (better for deep shelf spaces) to option 1. Phantomlighting.com has quite a few inspirational pictures illustrating that possibility.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 10:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wws944

Considering how wide and shallow your pantry is, I would think a tube solution would be better than cans. Something like a pair of 4 foot T5 fixtures. You can get these with tubes of LEDs, rather than fluorescent. Googling around, something like the "DirectLED FLT5" popped up - but I have no experience with it.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 10:58AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ionized_gw

If you can get over your hate of fluorescent lighting, T8 programmed start ballasts can really extend the life of the lamps compared to other starting methods.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 2:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brickeyee

For the amount of time the lights are actually turned on it is hardly worth any thing but an incandescent.

My pantry is wired with under cabinet 12 V puck lights in a row down the middle about every 26 inches, with the 120 V side to the power supplies controlled by a 24 V relay switched by a micro switch on the door. Thermostat transformer and relay. Common and cheap.

Open the door, lights are on.
Close the door, lights are off.

There are a total of 5 20 W Xenon pucks on the ceiling (on a 1x4 board with the wring stapled to the side of the board.

The multiple lights helps greatly with shadowing, and the shelves are about 10 inches apart except the very lowest one that is 14 inches, and the bottom on 24 inches off the floor.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 2:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ionized_gw

"For the amount of time the lights are actually turned on it is hardly worth any thing but an incandescent."

This is so true.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 4:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wws944

Considering that OPs pantry is only 3.5' deep, wouldn't incandescent lights be out of the question due to NEC concerns on lights in closets?

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 6:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
SeaKoz

Sort of a moot point because OP doesn't like incandescents. I realize LEDs aren't the cheapest option but thats not my goal.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 7:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ionized_gw

What is the goal?

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 7:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
SeaKoz

I want a well lit pantry using LEDs at a not ridiculous cost.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 8:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brickeyee

" wouldn't incandescent lights be out of the question due to NEC concerns on lights in closets?"

Pantries are not closets under the NEC.

Closets are for clothes.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 11:15AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
If we need to do smaller 3 inch recessed lights in a shower ....
Hi everyone, We are trying to work out if we can put...
ontariomom
Help with different types of LED recessed lighting please!
Can someone explain the basic differences in the different...
Michelle
Alternative to pot/can lights
Spoke to my GC yesterday and he suggested that I use...
abbabug
Outdoor pendant lights for tree
I'm looking to recreate something like this installation...
jamescmeehan
Do LED lights put out enough light
I am looking at Moooi Raimond chandeliers. According...
mrsargent
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™