Kitchen lighting tips from the pros

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Q: In an effort to update my kitchen, I had the two fluorescent lights removed and three recessed lights put in. I did not realize they would not give out much light. Can you advise me on what options I have now that I have three holes in the ceiling? Is there any other kind of bulb I can use? A: One of the most important things to consider in updating a kitchen is lighting. It ranks right up there with appliance placement, cabinets and countertop material. But lighting is often overlooked. Over the years, we've designed, built and remodeled several of our own kitchens and were consulted on a number of other projects. One of the first things we think about is how to light the space. It just so happens that we're going through the process now. Bill recently moved to a new (to him) home in the San Francisco East Bay. We're guessing it was built in the mid-1960s and may have been upgraded somewhere in the distant past. The kitchen is lit by a couple of recessed fluorescent fix...