Ideas for replacing a kitchen fluorescent light fixture.

by Penny
My kitchen and dining room are one area. I have an antique gold finished chandelier in the dining area. The large fluorescent light in the kitchen is an eye sore and removing it and installing can lighting is not an option. What would look good with the dining room chandelier? Would white track lighting work? I would also appreciate advise on the light over the sink. Thanks so much. I love Hometalk 😊
  6 answers
  • Tina @ Repurposed Life Tina @ Repurposed Life on Feb 28, 2018

    Hi Penny! We just begun to change out our old fixtures as well. We have opted to go with an LED Light for our big light in our kitchen, just like yours! They have come a long way in making them more stylish. Over the sink, we put the smaller version of LED so they matched. Purchased ours at Lowes. As for the chandelier over your dinning table, there are so many to choose from. The one thing I would do though, is purchase LED bulbs. Our reason for going LED was the light is so much better to lighten up a space and saves on the electric bill. Here in Oklahoma, our electric company offers discounts at Lowes on certain LED bulbs that offsets the cost. So far, they last longer as well! Hope this helps you :)

    • Penny Penny on Feb 28, 2018

      Thank you, Tina! We have a Lowe’s not far from us. I plan to go check out their LED lights! I definitely want to update the look. I appreciate your comments.

    • Penny Penny on Mar 01, 2018

      Thank you! I loved so many of the Pinterest ideas! I’m inspired!

  • Fix It Jen Fix It Jen on Feb 28, 2018

    If you like the chandelier, find a longer ceiling mount fixture that complements it to replace the fluorescent one. You might be able to run a faux beam out from under a new one to get a bonus fixture over the sink. Or you can get an electrician or handyman to run a set of wires through the ceiling to the second location. If you use LEDs it will be at least as bright as it is now.

  • Anonamouse5 Anonamouse5 on Feb 28, 2018

    You might consider spray-painting that chandelier. A pendant light over the sink would bring the light a little closer. Can lighting throughout the rest of the kitchen would help so much! And of course LED bulbs everywhere.

    • Penny Penny on Feb 28, 2018

      Hello! The chandelier would take color beautifully and I am going to consider that option. I wish I could do can lighting in my kitchen but my husband doesn’t want to tear into the drywall!’ I want a pendant light over the sink and will look at a complimentary light for my chandelier and a pendant. Thank you!

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Feb 28, 2018

    We got a large, oval shaped fixture to replace the boring florescent light we used to have. It had a paintable surface so I could give it whatever look I wanted

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Feb 28, 2018

    We've had lights in one of our kitchens that had 3-100 watt bulbs in them. They threw a lot of light. Since you are willing to change light fixtures, you could get a ceiling fixture and a chandelier to match. We did that in the same kitchen. You can also remove the light over the sink and put up a shelf. Get under the cabinet led lights or small hockey puck lights and put them under the shelf. Then put on a trim to hide or at least distract from the lights.

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