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Kitchen Lighting and Ceiling Fans

Special Light Trims

If you purchase a surface mount or pendant type fixture that has a decorative glass light shade that you especially like, it might be a very good idea to purchase a spare shade. We have this type of fixture in our kitchen. Every time I wash the shades I get apprehensive thinking for sure that I am going to drop or chip one. I am nervous because I don't own any extra shades! Don't make the mistake I did.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are very useful in kitchens. They can keep the cook comfortable and they do double duty as drying aids when you mop the floor and wash the dishes.

If you incorporate a ceiling fan you must make sure the tips of the fan blades are at least 6 inches to one foot away from the edges of any recessed lights. If a fan blade cuts across the path of a recessed light, you produce a stroboscopic effect that is very annoying.

As you can see, kitchen lighting requires lots of planning if you want it done right. It isn't hard to do, it just takes a little time and a little thought. Keep reading to see a simple, yet informative lighting plan. Create a similar one for your kitchen and you will be ahead of the game.

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