We currently have 4 x double tube 4" fluorescent light fittings (which
no longer work) in our kitchen. When they worked, they gave a lot of
light, which is great for seeing what you're doing whilst cooking. Not
so good later on when sitting down to eat in the kitchen.
It's time to change them for something more modern. I think what ideally
we need is:
1. A reasonably diffuse light source, to avoid sharp shadows.
3. Ideally, able to change light temperature.
4. Look nice - quite frankly most things will be an improvement.
Can anyone suggest anything suitable, please?
replying to GB, Iggy wrote:
For those requirements, I'd think your best bet would be an up-light arrangement
). This, will give you a Northern Light effect and make shadows much less harsh
while still accepting dimmable LED's or CFL's.
replying to tabbypurr, Iggy wrote:
Yes, it's an up-light, the exposed or naked bulbs are up and where the most
light is released.
Yes, reflection creates a very much Northern Type Lighting, exactly why it's
used by photographers.
Yes, and is up to the user to decide if they want more than one fixture, he had
4 previously and may need 2 for the best results.
Yes, acronyms are legally pluralized by either an apostrophe or a hyphen (just
ugly and can be mistaken for a different model), a lowercase "s" is only legal
when the acronym is capitalized though many spell checkers fail them (CFLs,
CFL-s or CFL's).
On Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:32:57 UTC, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
Really they're not difficult to achieve. Over counter lighting plus uplight
ing onto the ceiling. You can use dimmers or switchbank, the latter are bet
ter. A mix of cool white or daylight plus warm white on a switchbank can gi
ve you almost any mix of colour and brightness you like.
Anything *can* be done - depending on how much new wiring and installation
you're willing and able to do. And how much you're willing to spend.
My over counter lighting where there are wall cupboards is concealed
fluorescents (tubes behind a plinth. On a dimmer. Other worktop lighting
is halogen downlighters - enough to give an even light. Also on dimmers.
Beauty of halogen is the way they go 'red' when dimmed. Exactly as needed
for relaxed lighting. The reason I'm staying with them. I'm one of those
rare people who want lighting to do what I want, before just saving money
on running costs. But my kitchen has also a dining area, so perhaps more
dual purpose than many.
*I used up all my sick days so I called in dead
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
That's interesting, but I definitely want the energy efficiency of LEDs.
I don't want to run new wiring, as that's too disruptive. I just want to
get the best substitute for the old fluorescent fittings.
Well I do mean to change the colour - daylight for food prep, changed to
warm white when we eat.
I have more or less decided that what we want are some LED panel lights
that can be screwed to the ceiling. I'll check the output but 4 600x300
panels should do it, or possibly 600x600s. Some of those can be dimmed,
apparently. But I can't seem to find any that also let you change the
colour temperature/colour. If that's not possible, we'll compromise and
probably just go for some warm white lights. Am I currently looking for
something that doesn't exist?
I think the panels are an improvement on the fluorescents we currently
Don't know about 600mm versions, but some panels have both warm and cool
LEDs and alternate between them each time you turn them on.
these aren't cheap, other may be
What is actually wrong with the lights?
If you can repair them them they should not give shadows and the right
colour temp tubes can be appealing. However one could also fit some other
more moody lights elsewhere when you want the more intimate look.
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