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Old 07-30-2017, 04:27 PM
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Just curious if anyone has done any type of recessed can lighting in a bulkhead in your home.
We are considering adding a bulkhead around the perimeter of our great room and kitchen in the new house build. There is a 20' plus vaulted ceiling. There will be two kitchen islands with pendant lighting. Doing something like this is an easy way to add more lighting considering the ceilings are fairly high up.

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Old 07-30-2017, 04:29 PM
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Never too much light in a kitchen. I think that is a great plan.
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I just put over a dozen LED "recessed" lights in a kitchen. . LED's, 1/2" thick. SLICK!
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we "bury" the switched lines in the ceiling, and use a laser level to position/cut the ceiling AFTER the cabinets are set.
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Thanks much fellas !
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I just put over a dozen LED "recessed" lights in a kitchen. . LED's, 1/2" thick. SLICK!
What lights Bill ?
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Before you go LED make sure they don't hum when you dim them. We put LED bulbs in 4" housings and they were so loud the bulbs went back. Went back to standard halogens.
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What lights Bill ?
My electrician supplied them. Not sure where he got them...but he buys some stuff online.
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Before you go LED make sure they don't hum when you dim them. We put LED bulbs in 4" housings and they were so loud the bulbs went back. Went back to standard halogens.
The must have dimmable ballasts and be used with the correct dimmers.
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During a recent remodel I went with standard boxes and trim kits and simply used led bulbs. Looks more conventional without the lens.
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Thanks and very good points, humming lights won't work.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
The must have dimmable ballasts and be used with the correct dimmers.
Didn't buy LED housings was trying to switch over from std with halogens. Didn't like the light or the noise.
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Thanks and very good points, humming lights won't work.
I've put about 15 of them in between the last house and the new one, over the last year. I just put two more in last week. I love them. Buy dimmable. I haven't had any hum. And I bought some pretty basic led stuff from lowes. Can't beat the clean light they throw.
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LED lamps won't hum if you use the proper dimmer. LED is a place where you get what you pay for.
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Yes, go LEDS and the dimmer makes a diff. won't regret.
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I just finished a full house remodel. Agree on the recessed LED's. I have 8 in my kitchen, plus the 3 pendants and LED under cabinet lights too. As someone else said, never too much light in a kitchen.
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Originally Posted by Fish Hunter IV View Post
I just finished a full house remodel. Agree on the recessed LED's. I have 8 in my kitchen, plus the 3 pendants and LED under cabinet lights too. As someone else said, never too much light in a kitchen.
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Thanks IV.
You're welcome. I went with all LED lights in my reno. I think I have 32 6" LED and 4 4" LED can lights. But even my pendant and sconce fixtures are LED. The only incandescent lights I have are table lamps, but they have LED bulbs. You don't need to spend a fortune either. LED retrofit fixtures will screw right into a recessed housing and can be had for $10/ea for a dimmable one.
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Go with small units (i.e.4") since it will be accent lighting

LED's come in several color temperatures (i.e. Soft White, Bright White, Daylight, etc.). Find what you like and be consistent. If your kitchen will look like the example (traditional) soft white would be a good choice

Cree is a good choice
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I think I've installed 60+ 6" LEDs trims now and couldn't be happier. My living room and kitchen lights from 6 years ago had to be replaced last year because they were getting dimmer with age. Less-used rooms still on the original bulbs but looks like realistic lifespan is 5-6 years heavy use 7-8 years light use. All have been the home depot CREE trims that fit in standard cans and are down to about $20 each. Standard 5" or 6" cans so can always change out down the road with something entirely different if needed. Dimming is good 50%-100% but gets worse as you go lower. (After a while, I realized I didn't really like dimmers and prefer multiple circuits of lights overall)

Having torn out "bulkheads" as you mention on 3 houses with small kitchens, I'm not a big fan of them, but maybe it would work if the rest of your ceiling is 20' tall. It does give you some more directed task lighting. I might look for more creative solutions, although I have zero experience with lighting a room that tall.
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