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.