LED Recessed Lighting Kitchen Designs
Many kitchens have recessed lighting installed already but in most cases the recessed lights are not placed directly over the surfaces where culinary tasks are performed. Chopping vegetables, measuring spices, cutting chicken, even washing dishes all require good task lighting. Consider the lighting design in the kitchen drawing below, which shows only two recessed lights, both centered over the floor space between the counter space and the center isle. Over the center island is a rack to hang pans, rather than critically located task lighting to properly illuminate the counter top below. If this reminds you of your kitchen you need to add additional task lighting, especially as you get older. The best type of light fixture for task lighting is hands down recessed lighting also called down lights. A recessed light uses a flood lamp to create a wide circle of excellent task lighting right where it is desperately need, on uncluttered countertop space.
This second Kitchen drawing below, shows where to add additional recessed lights for plentiful task lighting. We added six additional lights to the original two shown in the drawing above. The two added recessed lights that you can’t see are over the center island on each side of the pots and pans rack. So in all six new recessed light fixtures were added to properly illuminate the work space on all the countertops. You may think that more lighting is a good idea, but it’s too expensive and a big hassle. That’s where you are wrong. First, if you convert the type of lights from incandescent to LED retrofit, you will save an estimated $445 per fixture over the lifetime of each LED retrofit, that’s over $2,500 for installing six new recessed lights in you kitchen. Since an LED light cost about $2.00 per year in electricity to operate plus the average life is over 36,000 hours. If your kitchen lights are on for four hours per day, it should last 9,000 days which is 24 years.
Also the cost to purchase and install a new LED Ultra-Thin Wafer downlight is way less than any other light fixture. A Lithonia Lighting 6″ LED Wafer 100 watt equivalent is under $25. Since it is an LED it does not produce heat, and therefore doesn’t require a canister. To install it all you need to do is cut a round hole in the drywall on your ceiling. You will have to hire an electrician to snake the electrical wire from the original two recessed lights through the ceiling to the locations of your new Ultra-Thin Wafer down lights. Then your electrician will connect the electrical wire to the direct current transformer to power up your new kitchen LED downlights. Since you are are saving so much money by converting to new LED technology lighting, you should splurge and add our Beaux-Arts’ Victorian decorative recessed light trims made especially for Lithonia’s Ultra-thin Wafer LED down lights, LR-WF601 ….$33 each and take advantage on our free shipping offer for more savings.
Not sure why this kitchen has these two large drop ceilings over the islands. The recessed lighting is directly over the aisles.
This is a nice symmetrical recessed lighting design for a small galley kitchen.
Perfect for adding our Victorian Style decorative recessed light trims in our Cherry Finish. Our Victorian style comes in sizes for all recessed lighting canisters and LED Wafer Baffle Trims.
Design is a personal expression of what pleases your tase and sensibilities. This lighting design has way too many recessed lights.
This recessed lighting kitchen design offers surface task lighting and a ceiling that isn’t too cluttered.
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