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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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whipartist
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Time:2012-09-01 09:06 pm (UTC)
It's a fabulous idea, except that there's a ginormous space heater in the way. Hrmm.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-09-02 02:57 am (UTC)
This picture shows that you could attach a truss to the kitchen side of the pillar at the bottom of the stairs, and then attach the other end to the white wall upright a bit beyond the potted plant. The space heater is not in fact in the way of said truss.

(Unless you used a *really* *weird* lens.)

I could not tell if the green wall was part of the concrete structure or not. If it's not concrete, then you have a ton of options, including mounting the truss very close to the space heater, or even taking a side bar off the truss going from pillar to white wall over across the dining table to the corner by the green wall and window pillar intersection.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-09-03 08:27 am (UTC)
OK, I see what you mean.

I was planning to just set the truss on top of that ledge, at least to start. I can raise it up higher later on if I want to, but if I do that I'll put it at ceiling level between the two walls. There's a visual openness to the space that I sort of want to keep.

The green wall is not part of the concrete structure-- it's drywall. There's really not much room to maneuver near the heater, though, and I think it would look weird to have it at just a little bit of an angle.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-09-02 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh, and if you do go with cans attached to a truss, make sure to include a wire safety loop used in such a way that the wire goes around the truss and will hold onto the mounting harness of the light if the attachment screw comes loose.
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