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Replacing an existing kitchen fluorescent light can be a problem. Lighting Styles has a selection of stylish fluorescent lights that save energy and can save the cost of re-plastering and decoration. We have now also listed LED pendants which are energy efficient and ultra-stylish. Too many houses have poorly lit kitchens. For too long the de facto way of lighting a kitchen was to use a fluorescent strip. These were energy efficient, (providing a lot of light with low running costs) and quick to install because only one or two fixtures were required. Often the housebuilder would use a Pop Pack from Thorn Lighting or a similar product that was even cheaper. Unfortunately for the home owner the laws of supply and demand dictated that quality was compromised to achieve the low-cost and high-return desired by housebuilders. The net result means you may have a kitchen fluorescent light with Halophosphor tubes operated on an inefficient ballast with a glow starter.
It is obvious why many users discount fluorescent lights when they think of the poor quality light from an ugly ceiling fixture. So, how have things changed? Modern fluorescent kitchen lights use triphosphor lamps (which give a better quality of light) operated by high-frequency control gear. This means no popping, or flicker from the lamp, a longer operating life and smaller slimline design. Simply put kitchen fluorescent lights are not what they were.