The ceiling in the kitchen is 7’10″ high. The light that’s in the room now has three fluorescent bulbs, hangs down 10″, and has a 15″ diameter. It’s the right size and has the right light output, but I never did like it all that much. Now that the kitchen has been updated a bit, I want to replace the semi-flush mount fixture with something prettier, but not lose too much light or headroom. Argh, I feel like I’ve been here before.
Lighting I Really Really Want to Work in the Kitchen
Factory Satellite 3
I don’t know if it would look funny hugging the ceiling, and I worry that the shades will block too much of the ambient light that we currently have bouncing off of the ceiling. Also, Edison bulbs look great but I would replace them with fluorescent bulbs for practicality, and even the round ones may throw the look off a little.
Bluff City Pendant, Large, Mint/Red
It’s supposed to be a pendant, not a flush-mount fixture. It’s slightly too tall (13″), and I’m not sure it would provide enough light. But I love it. I would happily save up for this one.
Somebody please tell me that one of those two will suit my needs perfectly and we will be happy forever and ever. Except don’t if it isn’t true. I mustn’t allow my infatuation to get the best of me.
Here, we have some more options.
Lights I Like a Lot but Know Won’t Work and are Therefore Easier to Resist
Artimede Nur Mini Ceiling Light
The “mini” version is still fairly large, and it’s a good size for our kitchen, but it focuses light downward and wouldn’t provide enough general illumination.
IKEA 365+ Brasa Black Pendant Lamp
This looks much more expensive than it is, but again, it directs light downward. And it’s another pendant that I’m trying to force into a semi-flush mount, and that’s probably silly.
FLOS Glo-Ball C Ceiling Light
If you haven’t seen this one in person, you’re probably thinking this is a really simple light with a really high price tag. I assure you it is organic and special and beautiful, and yes, the price tag is still high. I don’t love it enough to spend that much, and it only holds one bulb anyway.
I used a fancy-ish html trick to continuously label those bullet points with a break between the ordered lists, so hopefully the numbers correspond. If not, may the powers of deduction and common sense be your friend.
Moving on! This next collection has another catchy name.
Lighting That Will Work Just Fine but That I am Less Excited About Overall
Robert Abbey Antique Nickel Ceiling Light
Cute. But is it too cute? Also, the shade is fabric and I wish it wasn’t.
Black Horizontal Stripe Nickel Wide Ceiling Light
Black and white stripes would look good in the kitchen! But on the light? Dunno. And it’s fabric again.
3-Bulb Semi-Flush Light
This is the stupid light we already have. It is passable. It’s biggest selling point is that it’s already in the room (no work, no money spent).
Can you tell I don’t have as much enthusiasm for this last set? There’s also this collection of flush mount lighting to look at from when I did my big ceiling light guide last year, and my whole lighting board on Pinterest.
What do you think? I’m tempted to try one of the first two out, and then Swiss cheese my ceiling to bits with recessed lighting. Kidding (sort of).