Medium Kitchen
Give special consideration to lighting counters, as this is the primary task area in kitchens. Where possible locate the sink in front of a window for good use of daylighting. Locate fixtures near the areas of greatest use and on both sides of the primary work areas to control glare. Install downlights over the counter 1 to 2 feet from the wall, but avoid locating them over the upper wall cabinets. To minimize shadows, avoid locating the fixture behind the person using the counter. Use under-cabinet fixtures to avoid shadows under cabinets. Consider using dimmers to adjust the lighting to suit different functions.
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    Large Bowl Pendant
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    Fluorescent Valance
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    Fluorescent Diffuser
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    Recessed LEDs Fluorescent Undercabinet
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Selected Lighting
Base Case

A ceiling-mounted diffuser containing four 40-watt, 4-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps provides ambient lighting. A valance over the sink containing two 20-watt, 2-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps provides task lighting. Note that some areas of the counter may have shadows.

Rewire with Large Bowl Pendant and Fluorescent Valance

To save energy and improve color, remove the ceiling-mounted diffuser containing four 40-watt, 4-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps, and install a large bowl pendant containing four 26-watt GU24 CFLs. For additional energy savings, remove the fixture in the valance containing two 20-watt, 2-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps, and install a more efficient fixture containing one 13-watt, 21-inch T5 linear fluorescent lamp.

Rewire with Fluorescent Diffuser and Valance

To save energy, remove the ceiling-mounted diffuser containing four 40-watt, 4-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps, and install a more efficient ceiling-mounted diffuser containing two 32-watt, 4-foot T8 linear fluorescent lamps. For additional energy savings, remove the fixture in the valance containing two 20-watt, 2-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps, and install a more efficient fixture containing one 13-watt, 21-inch T5 linear fluorescent lamp.

Remodel with Recessed LEDs Fluorescent Undercabinet and Cove

For a brighter kitchen with a clean, uncluttered appearance, remove the ceiling-mounted diffuser containing four 40-watt, 4-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps, and install cove lighting above the cabinets, containing four 32-watt, 4-foot T8 linear fluorescent lamps. Remove the valance containing two 20-watt, 2-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps, and install four under-cabinet fixtures, each containing one 13-watt, 21-inch T5 linear fluorescent lamp. Install three 10-watt LED recessed downlights over the sink and range area to provide additional task lighting.

Remodel with Recessed LED Downlights, LED Undercabinet, and Fluorescent Cove

For a brighter kitchen with a clean, uncluttered appearance, remove the ceiling-mounted diffuser containing four 40-watt, 4-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps, and install cove lighting above the cabinets, containing four 32-watt, 4-foot T8 linear fluorescent lamps. Remove the valance containing two 20-watt, 2-foot T12 linear fluorescent lamps, and install four 11-watt LED under-cabinet fixtures. Install three 10-watt LED recessed downlights over the sink and range area to provide additional task lighting.

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Equipment Used
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Valance

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T12 linear fluorescent
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2'x4' fluorescent wrap

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T12 linear fluorescent
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Valance

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T5 linear fluorescent
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Bowl pendant

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GU24 CFL
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Valance

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T5 linear fluorescent
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1'x4' fluorescent wrap

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T8 linear fluorescent
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LED downlight
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Fluorescent undercabinet

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T5 linear fluorescent
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Cabinet cove lighting

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T8 linear fluorescent
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LED downlight
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LED undercabinet
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Cabinet cove lighting

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T8 linear fluorescent

Calculate Your Cost and Energy Savings

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hours/day

years

Base Case
Valance with 20-watt, 2' T12 linear fluorescent lamp
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2'x4' fluorescent wrap with 40W, 4' T12 linear fluorescent lamp
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Improved Lighting
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Valance with 13W, 21" T5 linear fluorescent lamp
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Bowl pendant with 26W GU24 CFL
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Improved Lighting
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Valance with 13W, 21" T5 linear fluorescent lamp
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1'x4' fluorescent wrap with 32W, 4' T8 linear fluorescent lamp
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Improved Lighting
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LED downlight
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Fluorescent undercabinet with 13W, 21" T5 linear fluorescent lamp
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Cabinet cove lighting with 32W, 4' T8 linear fluorescent lamp
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Improved Lighting
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LED downlight
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LED undercabinet
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Cabinet cove lighting with 32W, 4' T8 linear fluorescent lamp
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