Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kitchen Lighting

Thanks to all that entered the giveaway. Random generator picked #11 Racheal & #7 Quilting Granny, congrats!

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?

I also had a recessed installed above the stove and one near the back door.

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.


Rachel said...

I can't believe I won something! Wahoo...thank you so much.

You have given me hope. Just this week I was thinking about how dark my house feels. I thought it was more to do with my paint choices, but now I'm thinking I need to look at my lighting.

Nikki said...

Seriously you and my Husband would get along so well. He's an electrician and has a thing for recessed lighting ;)

I'm like. yep, the lights are on...looks great.

Kat said...

Lookin' good, girl. You gotta let me know what pendants you have your eye on so I can keep an eye out. (PB Outlet near by.)

That's the next step in our kitchen reno--pot lights. Can't wait till they're in--the darkness is killin' me!

rindercella @ neatheringourfest said...

wow - and God said let their be light! i hate the lighting in my kitchen. I would love to put in some recessed lights to brighten it up! was it very expensive to have someone come do that?

Kim said...

I get it COMPLETELY! We had 7 recessed lights installed in our kitchen recently and it has totally changed how we live our lives in the kitchen. It is such a nicer space and so much better to work in.

But...I am sad to say it cost us wayyyyy more than $150 to have them installed. So jealous!

MJ said...

LOVE it! We put 2 of those Ikea Foto lights in our recently renovated kitchen. Love them! I was equally as shocked when I opened them to find the plug at the end...oh well, the electrician made it work.

Congratulations on a beautiful kitchen!

Carrie said...

I know this is sooo after the fact, but I just found your blog. Love your style! In fact, I'm send this to my husband with the subject "Our house will look like this some day." :) Quick question: Do you mind doing a post on your beadboard backsplash? I'm trying to convince the hubby they will hold up for the long haul and be better than tile. It would be greta to have some validation! Thanks, and I look forward to reading more posts!

Poulin Home Design said...

Love your style! thanks for posting.
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