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Under and above cabinet lighting provides enough light in this space to minimize the need for recessed fixtures. Linear subminiature fluorescents, only one quarter inch in diameter and 11 watts each, run the length of the cabinets. 26 watt recessed compact fluorescent fixtures with fresnel lenses supply the downlight. Decorative pendants add light to the work surface. Use of a PAR halogen downlight over the kitchen sink is an effective application for that directional source. Colors of walls, cabinets and countertops greatly influence the choice of lighting. Warmer tones like gs, browns and beiges require warm color temperature lighting, in the 2700 to 3000 K range, similar to that of incandescent. Use consistent color temperatures of bulbs when mixing fluorescent and incandescent in a room.


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