We're still in the design process on our new house, but I've spent an inordinate amount of time already stressing out about my hatred for recessed lighting, particularly in the kitchen. My husband wants 10' ceilings throughout the house, and the current kitchen plan includes a barrel-vaulted ceiling, so I could just see the whole lighting issue coming at me from every direction. To make matters worse, we're trying to build as green as possible, and I detest the light generated by most LED fixtures.
I've been driving myself nuts with various options to avoid the ceiling cans, and trying to figure out how to accomplish ambient room light and adequate task lighting without stuffing a zillion sconces and pendants into the space. Almost everyone I know who's ever built a house says that picking the lighting was one of the most difficult things they had to do - I think my sister-in-law exchanged at least a dozen fixtures because they weren't right.
I stumbled upon a news article about a Swiss company called Ribag - they've been working on developing these really cool OLED ceiling fixtures, and announced they'd be offering a line of them for sale this coming fall. The OLED lights are supposed to be much closer to "natural" daylight than regular LEDs; they don't get hot, and they're cutting-edge in terms of efficiency. The fixtures with a control feature can be dimmed just by waving your arm. No idea how much these will retail for, but I sure hope I can squeeze some money in the budget for a few of them for ambient lighting if they're as good as they sound.
I'm not flying to Switzerland to see them in action, so some retailer had better bring them to the US. I want to find out if these are my holy grail of kitchen lights or not.
Here is a link that might be useful: Ribag Oviso OLED lighting