Need help swapping flourescent light in kitchen for more modern light
andyroe05
March 28, 2014 in Design Dilemma
We had slight water damage on our kitchen ceiling. We originally thought they would have to rip the whole ceiling down so we decided we wanted to swap out our 4 bulb flourescent light for two modern pendant lights above the island and then add some can lights to give more light in the kitchen. The flourescent light really lights up the kitchen and i think 2 pendant lights by themselves would not be enough light. Fortunately the damage was not as bad as expected and only retaping, mudding and painting is needed so now we can not add can lights without taking down the perfectly fine ceiling. But my wife really really wants to get rid of the flourescent and add pendant lights.... there is the dilemma. Attached is the kitchen layout as is and the original lights we wanted to replace the flourescent. Now i do not know what to do with the flourescent. Please help.
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Clay Aragon
Because your current fluorescent light fixture is your only source of light in your kitchen, I would refrain from doing down light pendants as you have shown in one of the photos. You need to find a fixture that lights up your whole kitchen. Look for a single or double pendant that branches out several light bulbs. Pay attention to wattage as well. The higher the better; and to control the brightness perhaps install a dimmer. Here is an inspirational example.


Best of luck!
0 Likes   Thanked by andyroe05    March 29, 2014 at 6:57AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rkt10
I just came to the site to see what options I have for a recessed fluorescent light in my kitchen. The contractor wants them remove the old ceiling to remove the existing 4' square recessed box, but that sounds costly. I'd love to leave it but get away from the '80s look. I'll be interested to see the responses you get.
0 Likes   March 29, 2014 at 7:03AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Patricia Colwell
You can remove the fixture and leave the indent in the ceiling as a feature and hang the new fixture from there. And andy the box in your space is not centered over the island so best to get rid of box and do something like the first pic.
1 Like   Thanked by andyroe05    March 29, 2014 at 7:34AM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Replacing flourescent lighting in kitchen
We are replacing the flourescent lighting in the kitchen...
Help me make my kitchen feel a little more modern!
So monochromatic! I think I'm stuck with the cherry...
Help- Kitchen Refresh How do I make it more modern?!
About to begin kitchen refresh project....replacing...
Help To Make Kitchen more Mid Century Modern
We just bought a fabulous MCM house in Southern California....
More Discussions
Boring Bedroom needs Quickie Update
I've grown tired of my minimalist bedroom and I am...
Help I'm obsessed with BEIGE
I feel like my living room is too beige and boring....
New stone on fireplace
I feel like I have to soften room after putting this...
Close to pulling all my hair out. HELP PLEASE!
I'm not sure which countertop to go with between two...
Panel width
I am deciding between 12" and 8" paneling for my bathroom....
© 2014 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™