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Can we talk about kitchen lighting?

CindyJ | Apr 20, 2015 07:57 AM

I just asked a question about kitchen lighting in another thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1003...), but I thought I'd ask again to focus the discussion on this one topic.

When my kitchen and adjacent areas were remodeled last year, 15 recessed lighting fixtures were installed in which "warm white" CFL floodlights were used. These bulbs are 16W, dimmable, have a temperature designation of 2700K and a color rendering index of 78. Except for the halogen bulbs in the exhaust hood over my cooktop, this is the ONLY lighting in these areas -- no pendants, no task lighting, etc.

I absolutely hate the color cast by these bulbs. It's so yellow it makes everything in the room look "off." I'm at the point where I'm ready to replace all of the bulbs, but I don't know how to choose replacements. I don't want to end up with lighting that's so white it looks fluorescent. From what I've read, the "K" (Kelvin) rating is the scale that describes the yellow/white cast of the light; I'm not sure what the Color Rendering Index indicates. Looking around online, I see floodlights available in 3000K, 4000K and 5000K. Then there's the choice of CFLs vs LEDs. Without replacing all of the bulbs, it seems there's no way for me to know what the end result will be, so I want to make a somewhat informed purchase decision. Buying light bulbs these days is so much more complicated than it used to be. Can anyone provide some guidance/insight? Thanks!

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