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Old 11-03-2013, 07:25 AM   #1
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Need additional lighting, where should/can I add it?

The kitchen had soffits that were removed, they had recessed lights in them and even though we added the cabinet lighting it still seems dark at night. It's nice but if we want to read at the island it's dark. We were thinking of adding a better light to the ceiling fan but I think those lights are ugly and I just want a ceiling fan there plus the fan isn't centered on the island so a light will be out of place too.

Here are options that I've thought of so far. The easier the better since there is not easy access to the space above so running wire is a pain.

1. Move the ceiling fan over and put two recessed lights next to it. This would allow me to easily center the fan since I could put a light where the current box is and then just string it along. Not sure about the light and the fan, would it "flicker" if the fan was below the lights?

2. Along the left wall try to put 2-3 recessed lights up there about 1' away from the wall.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:42 AM   #2
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Interior design is one of the subjects I am most likely to epic fail in so with that in mind......I would go with some spiffy looking sconce lights along that left wall set at a height that would optimize the bounce of light off the white ceiling down to the desired location.


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Old 11-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by RyanD View Post
It's nice but if we want to read at the island it's dark.
That calls for task lighting or a LOT of general lighting.

Start with brighter bulbs (and maybe dimmers)...
in the light fixtures you already have there.
See how many watts/lumens YOU require.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:51 AM   #4
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i say = search for a fan light that you like.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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Track lights or more of the pendants.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:39 AM   #6
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Don't put he fan where it'll cause the lights to strobe, that's really annoying. I mean, it'd beat having 'no light' but not by much.

I'd vote for better pendant lighting over the island.

Running wire might be 'a pain' but so's living with lighting that doesn't work.

More often than not, drywall patches and paints a lot faster than fighting with wiring...
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:16 PM   #7
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I gotta go with the pendants.


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