Right now, we have three light fixtures in the kitchen: the ubiquitous fluorescent light over the sink, a particularly hideous "chandelier" (I hesitate to use such an attractive word on this thing) over the table, and a flush-mount fixture with three regular light bulbs near the center of the room.
In the daytime, the overhead lights aren't necessary because of the windows taking up nearly one whole wall. At night, these fixtures provide a reasonable - if a bit dank and orangey - amount of light.
The new fixtures we've chosen each have a single bulb.
So we'd need more than one of them to equal the current amount of light. Then again, they extend down two feet further than the flush-mount fixture does (the ceiling is 10 feet).
I want plenty of light, but the room is not huge (14.5 x 14 feet), and I don't want the ceiling to look crowded.
I've played around with the layout in Photoshop and come up with these options:
The yellow circles represent the actual scale of the shades (12 inches wide) but not how far the light will spread. (Suddenly, I'm feeling a strange urge to play dominoes.)
Some of these layouts would require considerable rewiring and patching on the ceiling. The work is within Darwin's range, and the ceiling is easily accessible from the attic, but it would still be a pain in the you-know-what.
There's also the possibility of installing under-cabinet lighting to illuminate the work space.
Beth and Meredith at House Made recently put up a similar pendant light over their sink, and they advise that you can never have too much light in the kitchen. Does anyone else out there have firsthand experience with this type of light fixture? How much area does one light cover?
Or just opinions?