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AnnL's picture

Lighting Design Question (post #55603)

Well, I'm on to thinking about lighting.  I went to a lighting store yesterday and when I first walked in, I was completely overwhelmed by all the choices!  Whoo!  I actually had nightmares about lights last night!


Anyway, after perusing some catalogs and looking over my layout and figuring out spacing, etc., I am not quite so overwhelmed.  I'm going for some sort of smallish chandelier over the table.  Then over the "work" peninsula I will have a hanging 3-lamp island fixture which will give plenty of light on my main work area.  I have to talk to the electrician to see what I can do over the kitchen sink, I would like a wall mount over the window there, if not, then I'll hang a matching island fixture over that.


On to the problem area--task lighting over the cooktop and a small counter on the back wall.  I'm attaching computer drawings of the layout--these are not to scale but give you the idea.  I have a cathedral ceiling that slopes up away from the back wall.  So, I don't think I can do recessed lights there--the angle is wrong.  I don't care for track lighting.  I am considering pendant lights: one over the cooktop and one over that small counter on the right.  The concern is that this will look odd having all these different light fixtures hanging from the ceiling.  I don't want an industrial look, which is what I think of when I envision all these lights hanging down.  I have wide pine floors, cabinets are going to be natural maple shaker-stype. 


Also, I've only seen pendants over islands, not along wall counters, so maybe this won't work. 


Any thoughts, opinions, ideas are welcome.


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

MadMom's picture

(post #55603, reply #1 of 14)

You could still do recessed lights, just do the ones which can be pointed in a particular direction.  That way, even though your ceiling is at an angle, you can point them straight down.



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AnnL's picture

(post #55603, reply #2 of 14)

Can they rotate that far?  The pitch of the ceiling is pretty steep, so I think to have the light pointing down to the counter below, the actual bulb will be rotated back towards the can of the recessed light.  I have track lights up in that spot now and in order to point the track light to what will be the counter, the lamp is almost at a 45 degree angle to the track.  Not a problem with the track light, but with the recessed bulb, it's going to be pointing back into the recess.  I suppose there would be enough light that would be directed below, though.   That would be cool if I could do the recessed lights there.  


Hopefully, the electrician will be out sometime this week to discuss this stuff.  One of the contractors I talked to at the beginning of this thought that track lighting might be my only option there.  But, he was the one that told me granite is inferior to corian and tends to crack around sinks, so he obviously doesn't really know what he's talking about!  :-)


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Glenys's picture

(post #55603, reply #3 of 14)

Are you undermounting your sink?

Adele's picture

(post #55603, reply #4 of 14)

Isn't that a rather personal question?    LOL

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Glenys's picture

(post #55603, reply #5 of 14)

I thought our friendship could take it.

AnnL's picture

(post #55603, reply #6 of 14)

Yes.


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Wolvie's picture

(post #55603, reply #7 of 14)

I think (and if I am remembering your home correctly) that pendents are going to be the way to go. I'd definitely do a series not one per area tho.


Quite a few design books have different lighting for different areas - all the lights work well together. A lot of them are extremely attractive, not industrial looking at all.


always put in more lights than you think you need - you can always take one down, but it is a pain to add later. :-)


Gretchen (MD Gretchen) has a lot of experience with lighting, as does Tessa. Couldn't hurt to send them an email. :-)


 


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AnnL's picture

(post #55603, reply #8 of 14)

I love the look of pendants, I'm just worried that it's going to look too "busy" having all these lights hanging down.  Most of the design books I've gone through have pendants or "island" lights over the island, a large pendant or chandelier over the table, then either track or recessed lights everywhere else.  I suppose I can get the ladder out this weekend and hang some CDs or something from string taped to the ceiling to see what it looks like.  You should see me moving my desk and work tables around to simulate the counters and cabinets in here!  Might as well do the same exercise with the lighs! 


And, of course, I've now fallen in love with a rose design Tiffany lamp.  There goes the budget!  Sigh.


If I take one down, I'll have a hole in the ceiling to patch!  ;-)


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

shelly's picture

(post #55603, reply #9 of 14)

I tend to stick to the 'less is more' approach to design - pendant lights would look very nice over your island, but undermounted lighting on your cabinates would be much more functional (and will provide you with a better working light)

AnnL's picture

(post #55603, reply #10 of 14)

Yes, I'll have under-cabinet lights, but there's no cabinet over the sink.  ALso, I'm not sure if the vent has a light fixture in it.  If not, the cooktop will be rather dark.  I suppose I should call the appliance dealer about that.


 


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

pamilyn's picture

(post #55603, reply #11 of 14)

You should talk to a lighting designer. A REAL lighting designer. There are so many options that we consumers don't even know about. Just my two cents. Ours helped us immensely. Pamilyn

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AnnL's picture

(post #55603, reply #12 of 14)

Where do you find a lighting designer?

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Wolvie's picture

(post #55603, reply #13 of 14)

My guess is you could ask about one at the new kitchen center in Milford - have you been there? Wolf runs it, but some of the kitchen layouts they have (you can make an appt or just walk around) are incredible.


here's a link: http://www.clarkecorp.com/showroom.htm


and - I found this: http://www.iald.org/


should give you some leads. :-)


 


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AnnL's picture

(post #55603, reply #14 of 14)

I had not seen that new place in Milford.   Looks very cool.  Thanks for the links!

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux