Updating fluorescent kitchen lighting
In modern day the space is often much larger, incorporating casual dining areas and maybe a few easy chairs and a television.
Kitchen counters are deeper forming breakfast bars, workstations or islands are built into the centre of room and a smart shiny appliance sits on the counter ready to serve espresso coffee to the family and friends.
We are often asked the question and give the following advice.
So, why would you choose low voltage (12 volt) or mains voltage (220-240 volt) downlights?
The simple answer is they are both great ways to illuminate an area however there are some important differences to consider when deciding which option to choose.
Remember low voltage does not mean low energy – it is simply converting mains voltage down to a lower volt.
Fluorescent lighting in the kitchen does the job just fine, but sometimes "just fine" isn't good enough -- especially in a room used as much as the kitchen.
Mains lamps last on average 2,000 to 2,500 hours whilst low voltage last on average 3,000 to 5,000 hours.With no need to change wiring, it's simple to replace an old fluorescent kitchen fixture with a new track light.The procedure is the same as replacing any hardwired fixture in the home, typically with a junction box, anchor hardware and wire nuts.If you require low energy then you could choose a mains LED or CFL.Major Differences Apart from the voltage, there are some important differences between the two types of light which may help you decide on which is the best for you.