Lighting Around Ceiling Beams
Our expert suggests a surface-mounted alternative to recessed lighting.
We are in the middle of a remodel and found that there is a 12-inch beam that goes through the middle of our rectangular kitchen. We have five 4-inch LED lights in the major prep area on the left side of the kitchen and we were going to put a can light in the right half with two pendants over the peninsula, but we can't do that because of the beam and need a flush mount light. Any suggestions?

There are companies that make a surface-mounted downlight that mimics the look of a recessed fixture. Take a look at the Traverse fixture from Sea Gull Lighting, which is a good example of this style.

Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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