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I'm planning to replace the million year old florescent light (I think it was the first one ever made) above my kitchen sink with a couple recessed lights. Is there anything specific I should be thinking about when selecting the type of fixture / bulbs?

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If you've got insulation in the ceiling, you'll need to get IC (insulation contact) rated fixtures -- they're also known as closed-can. I have a small soffet built over my sink; if yours is similar, make sure that the fixture you select will fit. Other than that, don't exceed the wattage for the fixture and you'll be OK.

EDIT: On second thoughts, use an IC rated fixture regardless of whether or not you have insulation. Over a sink, you're likely to have a lot of steam and if it's an open-can fixture, the stack effect is going to draw much of it up into the space over the ceiling.

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Good point about the IC fixture. – Tester101 Oct 25 '10 at 18:15
What about the lights themselves incandescent, compact florescence, LED, something different? – Tester101 Oct 25 '10 at 18:17
Use a flood that fills the opening. It can be whatever type you like (maybe not halogens though). Wattage ratings are for incandescents, so a CFL or LED is going to be OK. I use a daylight CFL flood. – Niall C. Oct 25 '10 at 18:30

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