Recessed task lighting above cabinet-less counters

prahxofNovember 8, 2013

We're planning on installing recessed task lighting over two 2'x4' work surfaces in our kitchen. Neither surface has upper cabinets (in fact, one "surface" is actually a vintage stove, with no hood). The ceilings are 93", the surfaces are at 36" and 37".

I had been assuming we would put a single 5" or 6" can above each surface, probably using LEDs from Cree. But now that I've mocked it up, using a clip-on worklight (and a Cree BR30 LED floodlight bulb), I'm worried about shadowing. Even if the light is only 12" from the wall (i.e., centered on the countertop), if I lean over to read from a recipe, my shadow obscures some of the page.

The solution would seem to be using two lights (4" cans, I suppose) above each surface rather than just one, but if I do that, I'm concerned that I'll have way too much light, and the lights will always be dimmed way down. Am I overthinking?

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The br30 has a different light distribution compared with the cr6 or cr4. The cr6/4 lamps are more diffuse.

Having said that, it is better to have multiple light sources to more evenly light up a work area.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 12:47PM
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thanks! should i worry about "too much light"? there will be a dimmer, but i'd rather not have to have it set at 30% all the time, or something like that.

and as for spacing: above a 2'x4' counter, i suppose they should be 2' apart?

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 8:22AM
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They could be spaced further apart ~ 3ft. The placement is also constrained by the ceiling joists. You might want to consider putting in a cooker hood.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 9:24PM
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