Pendant lights in kitchen

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I've looked all over but not found a definitive answer to this.

Are normal pendant lights allowed in a kitchen?
 
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Are you asking because you actually want pendants, or because you don't want 2" downlighters or fluorescent strips?
 
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Are you asking because you actually want pendants, or because you don't want 2" downlighters or fluorescent strips?

Both :)

Having hunted around for ages and finding nothing we like, pendants with glass shades is what we have settled on, provided of course they are allowed.

If we dont want 2" downlighters, florescent strips, or a bar with little spotlights what are the alternatives?
 
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In places like kitchens, bathrooms, WCs, possibly hallways and landings where you just want unobtrusive efficient lighting that just gets on and does the job, something like this is ideal:





I know what you're saying about fluorescent strip lights, but they don't have to look like this:

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For example the top right one here:




or these:

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And these are all from one maker.


Fluourescent lights can be dimmed, BTW. If you find one you like which isn't dimmable, look to see how easy it would be to replace the ballast with a dimmable one (which you can often find on fleaBay).



In terms of basic technology, as well as fluorescent and LED, look into magnetic induction lamps, dielectric barrier discharge lighting (Osram have been sitting on their Planon technology for b****y years, which is a shame), and Electron stimulated luminescence.

If you want LED, again go for larger sizes, e.g. the Thorn BaseLED.


Think if you could use cold cathode neons:



here's an example of that in a domestic kitchen showing that it isn't only suitable for nightclubs and hotel foyers:


(Ignore the fact that there are also torches in there :confused: )
 
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Thanks for all those suggestions.

Have to say I dont find any of those flourescents particularly attractive :oops:

I do like the idea of the 'hidden' type lights, but they always seem to be fitted in conjuction with downlighters so can they really illuminate a space on their own? or are they more just for the mood?

There is lots to be done before getting to the lighting so I have some more time to think.

Thanks again for the comprehensive reply.

Graham
 

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