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Subject:Maybe-crazy lighting for my kitchen
Time:03:51 am
The light fixture in my kitchen sucks. It's a bare bulb screwed into a box on the ceiling. Here's a picture that's sort of what it looks like, though it currently has a 150W floodlight bulb in it rather than whatever is in that picture. Here's a picture of the general kitchen layout, though the overhead light isn't visible. It's approximately right over the guy's head. These photos were taken during the property inspection when I bought the place. The appliances have been changed, but the kitchen is otherwise identical.

So I have this crazy idea that I want to put in par cans and some sort of lighting rail or truss. I've always sort of wanted theater-style lighting in my home, and a loft is the right place to pull something like this off. I could put a rail on the all that's above the cabinets, and put maybe four can lights on it pointed in different directions. I suppose I could also put the rail on the ceiling, but since it's concrete that would be a lot harder to do.

For bulbs, I'd probably use LED PAR bulbs. They're expensive, but they're power-efficient and don't generate much heat, and they last approximately forever.

The problem is that I've never worked with these lights, so I don't know if there are any gotchas.

Am I insane? Is this feasible? Is it stupid?
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rmd
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Time:2012-09-01 07:00 pm (UTC)
Putting on my electrician hat, this is a totally feasible idea.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-09-01 09:05 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much what I wanted to know.

They look like really straightforward fixtures that take a standard medium-base bulb.
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rmd
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Time:2012-09-01 11:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah. They generally are set up to plug into a receptacle (usually twist-lock or some theatrical-specific thing - you should use a twist-lock receptacle if you use it with a plug), but I don't see a reason you couldn't hard-wire them in somewhere. Note: if you do hard-wire them instead of using twist-lock plugs, make sure you use strain relief connectors of some sort. These are either a special 1/2" connector with stuff inside to grip a cord, or they look like a 1/2" pipe connector with a chinese fingertrap hanging off the non-threaded end. For this use, I'd go with the latter variety for both functional and aesthetic purposes.

For physically mounting it, if there were some sort of open grid of pipe overhead that you could hang, that would give you a very theatrical-looking ambiance, and also all kinds of options for where to put things and ease of changing them.
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