Sounds easy enough, right? Finding the perfect fixtures was much more difficult than I anticipated. It took some time, but I am really happy with what we selected.
The hubby found these fabulous Millennium Lighting Galvanized 17" Warehouse Shade with the 17" Wire Guard to hang over the island. Build.com had the best prices on lighting hands down. We had our contractor use a 6" galvanized pipe and flange to mount them to the ceiling.
We hung three of these beauties over the island. Each fixture can hold up to a 200 watt bulb but I have found that a 75 watt bulb does the trick. Anything else would be overkill.
Ambient lighting is always an important addition to any kitchen. Most people go the traditional rout and have recessed lighting installed. The only problem was that the hubby and I aren't fans of recessed lighting.
Our solution was to hang simple Porcelain Outlet Boxes with Halco Silver Bowl light bulbs. The silver serves two purposes: 1) It prevents glare and harsh rays from irritating your eyes. 2) It reflects the light towards the fixture and, in our case, the ceiling which fills the room with a warm glow.
The fixture over the sink proved to be the most difficult to find. I wanted something that would compliment the large galvanized pendants that we hung over the island without overpowering them.
While perusing lighting online, I came across a fixture similar to the one pictured above. It was far too expensive for my taste but looked like it would be easy enough to recreate. And recreate we did.
I am really happy with how it turned out. Best of all, the fixture cost less than $20 to make.
Stay tuned to see some of the final touches.
To read all of our kitchen renovation posts click here.
Part 1 - Demolition
Part 2 - Floors and Ceiling
Part 3 - The Cabinets
Part 4 - The Island
*** The opinions expressed are my own. The fine folks at Build.com, Amazon and Home Depot have no clue I exist. I purchased the lights, bulbs and galvanized fixtures with my own hard-earned cash and have not been compensated in any way for my review.