Lighting a Kitchen With a Sloped Ceiling
A pair of recessed fixtures will be insufficient lighting for a kitchen, says our expert.
My kitchen is 6-by-11-feet and I thought that I only could use two recessed cans because of the slope of the ceiling. The LED lights I used are only 600 lumens, so my kitchen is too dim. I do not want to use incandescent flood lights because they are too hot. Any suggestions?
Oh, I have suggestions alright. You can’t really rely on two recessed fixtures to provide all the light you need for a kitchen. It’s like trying to drive your car with only two tires. You didn’t mention whether the ceiling slopes from a center apex or pitches from a low wall to a high wall. If it is a center apex, I would recommend hanging two pendant fixtures to start to give you the fill light you need. If you have a single slope, then I would recommend adding a source of indirect lighting on the high wall above the door line, bouncing light off the ceiling to provide the ambient light needed for the space. It wouldn’t hurt to add some lighting underneath the overhead cabinets for task lighting. If the cabinets do not go all the way to the ceiling, you could put indirect lighting on top of them, too.
Randall Whitehead, IALD
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