questions 1 and 2 make sense to me and are good questions, in my mind. The preceding question stuns me because millions of these 3" with halogen lights have been bought and sold, so yes i think almost everyone has had some experience with seeing them, using them, planning their installation, etc. Did i miss something?Originally Posted by Georgeoh
how it will look against a white ceiling with other stainless appliances is A.) probably quite good, since it is all consistent, and nobody is going to compare how fine the finish is. But this depends on your tolerance for cheapness. My wife had me return the cheap fixtures when i bought three different types (at HD / big box stores) to compare; all were 3" and "nickel" or "stainless" finish; all looked a bit cheap when you put them on the dining room table and really looked at them. We got the most expensive ones, at a specialty store. We had small bathrooms, not a kitchen which has stainless already.
ultimately nobody spends much visual energy looking at the trim around a light bulb, especially not in a ceiling. When the bulb is shining it is actually quite hard to see the trim well, since you get blinded by the bulb. So i predict it will work out very well, and it will save you a few hundred dollars compared to what i did.
hope this helps.
dimmers are essential. always. do not skip the dimmer. the total lumen produced by your bulbs will depend on the bulbs themselves. pretty much everybody finds halogen light better than incandescent for a kitchen ceiling, and in general almost everywhere else too.
hope this helps.
p.s. my predicament with the cheapest trim around halogen, reminds me of a story i heard about a man in a Lada driving in at a car scrap yard to see if he could get a gas cap for his other car. The owner saw the Lada and said, "i can't trade it for that."