kitchen lighting update causing color problem

debrawnelsonNovember 10, 2010

We are updating a few things in our kitchen and all was well until I replaced two recessed lights with two pendant lights over my island. We still have recessed lights around the perimeter of the kitchen (most of which shine directly on counters) and over the kitchen table area. The recessed lights are 4" cans, and we are using 50w halogen floods (PAR20, 30 degree spread) in them. The new pendants have incandescent sockets with a 100w limit. My new counters are a speckled Silestone (Blue Sahara), and the specks are a mix of warm and cool colors. My problem is that after replacing the cans with the pendants, the island counter looks like a completely different color than the perimeter counters! The perimeter counters look warm; the browns/beiges/caramels take over. However, the island counter looks very cool and grey!

I've been buying all different types of incandescent bulbs for the pendants to try to achieve the same warm look for the island counter but I haven't found the right bulb. I've just about concluded that the difference has something to do with the fact that the flood lights in the cans are PAR and the other lights I've tried in the pendants are not, but I still don't know what to do about it.

Can anyone help me solve this problem? Thanks for any and all advice!

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You have gone from recessed to pendant lighting over the island resulting in a focused pendant as opposed to the defused light provided by the cans. Are the pendants on a seperate circuit so they can be dimmed by seperately?

Do you live in an area that might have a Lamps Plus store or some other professional lighting store. Perhaps your answer might be found there if one exists that would solve your problem.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 11:13AM
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Did you try an LED or a flourescent in the light? I was surprised at how I liked the flourescent color better in my pendant than the incandescent. Now I just need to go buy a dimmable one.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 12:24PM
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Texasredhead: with non-flood lights in the pendants, it seems the light from the pendants is more diffused than that from the cans. I can get the same color on the island counter by putting PAR 20 halogen floods in the pendants, but then I've really got a "spot" of bight light on the counter instead of the overall light I want. This is happening because the pendants are so much closer to the counter than are the cans. I've talked to a couple of light bulb companies today and they don't really have a solution for me.

Marcydc: I have not tried LED or flourescent lights in the pendants, but maybe I should. I've tried just about everything else!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 2:17PM
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Satco makes a lamp called a 50Par20 "soft par" .
Thay have sand blasted the lens of the lamp, so you'll still get the same colour output from the lamp , but no "hot spot" on your floor or counter.
These soft pars are the only lamps I use for general or ambient light.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 5:22PM
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Normclc, I like the sound of that light. I'll look for it. Thanks!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 5:41PM
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Please tell me what color paint you used w blue Sahara. I'm wanting a warm soft color toward yellow but know tan beige looks better. Any advice?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 8:57PM
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Re: paint, I had a great yellow-beige called Plantation Beige. It goes well with a lot of colors and is very versatile.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 10:43PM
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I painted my kitchen walls blue, perhaps Sporty Blue by Sherwin Williams. It is a strong color, but it brings in the colors in our pool area right outside the kitchen French doors and I like that.

The overall colors you see in Sahara depend on your lighting, as I realized when looking for the right bulbs for my new pendant lights. When light is shining directly on Sahara, you see all the warmer neutrals running through it. When the lights are off, or if there are areas not as well-lit, it goes very cool in tone, kind of gray-blue. I used honed limestone for my backsplash, which I would say is in the warm tones, and I'm very happy with it.

Good luck with your project!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 10:59AM
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