Updating fluorescent kitchen lighting
The owners of this home wanted to make the kitchen a comfortable place for everyday use, starting with correcting some obvious lighting problems.
Po P and I weren’t 100% sure that K&D’s vision would really be as easy to execute as they made it sound, but since we didn’t have a better plan at the time, we decided to give it a shot. Seriously, you don’t want to know how gross and sticky some of those hinges were. I don’t even know how many hours of hard labor K saved me with her suggestion. Po P got the hang of the angle cuts for the corners of the crown moulding, the whole thing came together pretty well. At today’s prices, I think it’d be about - in crown moulding, and another - for the rope lights. Easily less than 0 for the whole lighting project.So when I redid my kitchen, I knew the huge ceiling box had to go. UNFORTUNATELY THEY ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE, BUT THIS ONE IS VERY SIMILAR. Replacing a fixture like this is pretty straight forward. Here is another option you need a matched set of a large (5 light) and small (3 light). Because our ceilings were orange peel textured, the patch looked terrible, and I knew I would have to mask it. I am pretty sure a large percentage of houses built in the late 80s and early 90s have a large fluorescent fixture in the kitchen.Back then, they were considered the most efficient way of throwing large amounts of light. (I would strongly suggest professional assistance when removing the old hard wired lamps and replacing them.) Of course if you are comfortable with electrical work, you may be able to tackle installation of all next fixtures.