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Old 02-07-2013, 04:51   #1
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I need a new kitchen light

We had a 2ft square fluorescent fixture with two "U" tubes in it on our ceiling. It was OK but it kept getting dimmer over the years and finally the ballast has died, so I'm looking for something else.

I'd like a center bulb illuminating the area under the light and three or four indoor floods I could aim to cover the sink, range, etc. I looked at HD and Lowes and was unimpressed.

Anyone have any suggestions for online light sources?

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:36   #2
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Walmart actually has a lot of lighting options online. You can also look on Wayfair.com.

Not sure your gonna find what your looking for. sounds like you want a light fixture with track lighting too.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:40   #3
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This is about as close to what you want from Wal Mart, but it isn't completely what you want

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Vaxcel-Kit...ickel/13871754
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:44   #4
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Tagging this one! I live in a house with the same "issues" as Gwalch...small double flourescent over the sink, larger one to light the rest of the kitchen. I think that track lighting is def the way to go over the sink...I haven't really decided what I want to do for the main kitchen lighting yet. I also have this same issue in my garage, and in my storm shelter. The one in my storm shelter tends not to turn on when it's too cold outside <40ish degrees?
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:57   #5
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Track lighting in the 80's was pretty horrible looking but modern designs have come a long way. I also think this is your best option as you can position the lights right over your work areas.


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Old 02-07-2013, 07:02   #6
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I agree after looking at the wayfair link. Track lights are probably the way to go.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:31   #7
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Stick with fluorescent.

Stay FAR, FAR! away from LED, WAY over priced, poor reliability, marginal performance. One day, maybe, but not for prime time now.

Lighting is part of my business. My kitchen has two 4', two lamp fixtures in the middle and one over the sink. Lots of low glare light. Use only the one over the sink most of the time. Avoid T12, T8, or T5 "U" lamps in 2' X 2' fixtures. The lamps are very expensive! 2' X 2' fixture is about the same or more than a 4' fixture. You want enough switches so you can pick and choose what you want on.

We have some under counter lights incandescents but we rarely use them.

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Cajun, what kind of lamps are in your 4' fixtures?
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:39   #9
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I don't know if this helps......

We remodeled our kitchen this year, and the contractor built us a L shaped soffit over our counter top and sink, 25x12 inches. He then had installed four can lights. We also had installed a new kitchen fan with three directional lights. He said he does a lot of this. We had plenty of light in all areas of our kitchen and dining area. We installed two more can lights over our dining room table.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:05   #10
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Cajun, what kind of lamps are in your 4' fixtures?
Standard T8 lamps. Electronic ballasts are standard now.

I use T5HO in my two home office areas. There are BRIGHT!!! Absolutely love them but you need to have a fixture especially designed for them so you don't see the lamp.

I use two different type T5 fixtures, basically indirect light and use dimming ballasts. I went for high end fixtures which are not inexpensive, but I don't regret the decision. I went with Lutron for dimming and it lives up to its reputation.

If you want to save a bit, you can use what's called step ballasts, 0-50%-100% light output.

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This is about as close to what you want from Wal Mart, but it isn't completely what you want

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Vaxcel-Kit...ickel/13871754
Don't get that. I've seen it in a house. It looks very cheesy. I guess it could look good if you had a very uber-modern kitchen. Otherwise, it's distracting.
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