Today is all about my kitchen lighting. We actually didn't finish it until last fall, almost a year and a half since we finished the rest of the kitchen. It was sooo worth the wait!
The lighting was going to be another DIY but in the end we hired someone to put in the lights. All 4 recessed lights and 2 pendants were only $150 to install. Just having the project done was worth so much more! This was the lighting situation before: One old, dusty and hot track light that produced very little light. Having the lights sit inside the fixture pretty much cut out 75% of the light coming out of the bulb. I tried to get my cooking finished before dark because I hated to be in the kitchen with such a small amount of light.
With the new plan, I knew I wanted 2 pendant lights above the sink area and thought that recessed would be the best way to go for the rest of the kitchen.
I found several options but in the end the Ikea Foto won out. Best part, they were only $15 each so if I ever want to change them out no big deal. Which I have found some pendants that I want really bad, they are only $60 each but I am sticking with these for now. But just so you know they come with a plug in (why). It was easily adapted so it wasn't a big deal, but not what I was expecting.
On the other side of the kitchen I wanted 2 recessed lights. I bought the 4" so they weren't too big or too small. They were centered so that the center of the light was divided equally between the counter top, vertically and horizontally. Make sense?
Here is the new set up. The hole is from the old light.
Have you heard the saying "design changes lives"? Well it is corny and I know there are so many more important things than the lighting in my kitchen, but design has really improved/changed my life! I can actually see in that room now. I feel like I am in a totally different space.
I was starting to get tired of the kitchen and now I see it in a whole new light. (pun not intended) My counter tops look better, my floor looks totally different for the better. It feels so much cleaner and I feel like I am in a real house not a dungeon. I am sure the light switch is about to burn out because I walk to the kitchen for the sole purpose of turning on the lights and staring.
Ok I think everyone gets the point that the lights are the chocolate chip to my cookie, the jelly to my peanut butter sandwich, the EVOO to Rachel Ray.
To see the posts on our kitchen before & afters,countertops, lighting, and flooring click the links.