We spent the weekend putting up a new light in the kitchen. I say weekend, not limited to a simple switch-out one morning like I expected, because like so many house-related projects, things are rarely ever that simple. The fluorescent light that came with the house, which is never the kind of light you want, was not top on my priority list to change out, because you know, money. But after changing the bulbs about two months ago, it still would not turn on half the time. I had searched high and low for something that would work in our narrow kitchen – ideally I would put in recessed lighting and call it a day, but again, money.
Here is a before shot of the kitchen with the original light:
I settled on two different options and let Bradley pick from those two. He likes the functionality of track lighting, but I cringe at the aesthetic of them. The light we bought is basically a track light, but the look of it is a little more to my liking. I wouldn’t use it in a total remodel, but it does the job for now. The Kichler Lighting 4-light fixed rail directional light in polished nickel:
When Bradley took down the old light fixture, we discovered a significant amount of drywall damage beneath it that the new fixture would not cover. After discussions, we decided that rather than incurring the further expense of drywall repair, we would opt for the less expensive option of using a ceiling medallion. Not ideal, but we aren’t looking to remodel the kitchen until after we create a laundry room and remodel our bathroom.
Of course even with a medallion, there were rough spots and discoloration on the ceiling that would still be visible, so that led to sanding, puttying, sanding some more, and then painting the entire ceiling. Basically, a giant rabbit hole.
The only other modification we made was based on reviews of the light fixture online. Many people complained that the halogen bulbs get very hot, which is a complaint I have had about the ones in our vent hood. I was able to buy a six-pack of LED bulbs to use in the light fixture and the vent hood to cut down on the heat that is produced.
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