Florida kitchen updating
The number of task lights needed (if any) will vary based on the layout of the general lights.Depending on the shape of your kitchen, the layout of your general lights may eliminate the need for any additional task lighting.
Remove the old lighting and install recessed lights inside the raised soffit ceiling.Let’s look at a few options for replacing your old lights with modern .The first thing you need to do is identify the type of ceiling you have. Depending on when your home was built, your kitchen ceiling is likely either flat or it has a fluorescent soffit.Depending on the size of the soffit in relation to your kitchen, you may want to add additional task lights around the soffit above the counter tops.Adding crown moulding inside the soffit is a great way to give it a finished look.If your kitchen ceiling is flat, it probably has one or more light fixtures mounted to it’s surface. It involves removing the old fixtures, installing the recessed lights, and repairing any ceiling damage left over from the old light fixtures.
If your home was built between the 1970’s and the 1990’s, you may have a soffit ceiling with a raised portion in the center.
For example, here in California all of the lighting we install must meet the requirements of Title-24, a set of efficiency guidelines mandated by the CEC and updated every three years.
In the past, this was very frustrating because the only type of lights that met the efficiency requirements for kitchen lights were fluorescent.
This was built to accommodate fluorescent tube lights which are covered by plastic panels.
If this is your ceiling type, you have two options: Frame the soffit opening and cover it with drywall.
Think of task lights as “fillers” to address any surfaces that will not be adequately lit by your general lighting.