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Old 01-05-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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Kitchen fluorescent to LED recessed lighting changeout


Existing lighting in my kitchen is provided by two recessed fluorescent fixtures (2’ x 4’) w/ (2) 32W T8 tubes in each. I am considering removing the fluorescent fixtures and installing LED 6” recessed lighting. The existing fluorescent tubes are rated at 2800 lumens each, for a total light output of 4*2800 = 11,200 lumens. 6” LED recessed lights seem to be in the 575-625 lumen range, each.

Assumptions: Fluorescent lights do not project all their lumens “downward”; LED recessed lights do.

Question: Is there an approximation of how much light a (recessed) fluorescent fixture actually projects downward? If I wish to replicate the same total light output with the LED cans, that would be 11,200/600 = ~19 cans, which seems excessive (and expensive).

FYI, light output from the fluorescents is fine, I just don’t care for how the recessed 2’x4’ fixtures look.

Thanks for any advice.


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Old 01-05-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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Kitchen fluorescent to LED recessed lighting changeout

Originally Posted by speedytahiti View Post
Thanks for any advice.
Allegedly... an F32 will produce 3200 lumens.
but none of that means a thing until you put a light meter in YOUR kitchen.
Which is what you should do.


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