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Need help with lighting plan - sketch inside

Posted by craigintx (My Page) on
Wed, May 13, 09 at 0:00

We're pretty much completely gutted on the way to a redo of our 1960's galley kitchen. We're moving walls and opening the space up quite a lot. It's time to decide on a final lighting plan, and my head is swimming.

We need help mostly in the kitchen and family room. The breakfast room will keep its chandelier over the table. The dining room will get a center chandelier and 4 wall washers in the corners for art/furniture. Will 5" cans work here? Slot or scoop trims? Lighting designers of course want to sell us 4" low-voltage - worth the upgrade?

The family room has a center ceiling fan - no light kit. One designer we've talked to suggested 4 5" cans around the fan - maybe 8' apart, plus a single directional can to light the fireplace/mantel. Of course this was spec'ed as 4"low voltage with slot trim. She also suggested 3 4" cans with pinhole trims down the right side of the room to light the pathway. Overkill?

The kitchen is hardest. I'm currently thinking 4 5" cans along the edge of the counter on the sink wall. 2 more along the edge of the island. One or 2 more near the refrigerator/pantry - which go all the way to the ceiling. How far out should these cans be?

We will have undercab lights along the sink wall and one or 2 4" cans over the sink.

Over the island, we'll probably do 2 or 3 4" cans, maybe low-v, to keep the view unobstructed. Pendants are still under discussion, though.

In the area at the right side of the kitchen, we'll do more cans to light that area, which will have a desk and file storage along the "right" wall and a furniture piece along the "bottom" wall.

We would love some suggestions on placement and size of fixtures. The designers we talked to wanted to put 10 4" low-v cans in the kitchen + 4 more in the office area, which seemed a little much. Are the 4" low-v fixtures even the right thing for kitchen lighting?

Thanks for the help!
New Kitchen Plan

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RE: Need help with lighting plan - sketch inside

Here's how I would lay your areas out.
I spec 5" clear alzak recessed fixtures with 75 watt PAR halogen lamps for general lighting and 4" low votage clear alzak for task and accent lighting.Do not use white baffles on the 5" cans nor gimbel rings on the 4" cans.
Your kitchen needs 5" cans on 4' spacing down the centre of the space,not on the counter edges.Any more than that is wasting your money.
One 4' low voltage with a 35 watt narrow flood lamp over the sink is all that is needed.
It's your choice of 3-4" low voltage cans or 3 mini-pendants over the island.(the counter really only needs 2, but some designers prefer odd numbers, hence the three)
In your family room, place 4-5" cans INSIDE the furniture grouping.
Then add 4" low voltage cans on the fireplace, and any other wall space that has anything to accent.This will provide a beautiful effect in this space.
These fixtures will also provide refected light which will provide "fill" light that is necessary when using all recessed fixtures in a space.
Under counter can be linear flourescents or Xenon pucklights or Xenon bars.

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