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lizadilly
« on: February 21, 2007 09:11:02 PM »

my new apartment has fluorescent overhead lights in the kitchen.  they cast an awful tone on the white walls, which negates any effort to decorate it nicely.  worse, the kitchen opens into the dining/living room, which is all lit by incandescent lights, and the contrast is harsh.

does anyone have any tips on mellowing out or disguising this situation?  i've gotten nowhere with google.

thanks so much!
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eliza
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007 10:17:16 PM »

can you just get different lightbulbs?
i don't know if it's work for you, but i saw a thread about covering lightbulbs in sand...it did something to the light they provided
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colarific
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007 07:24:46 AM »

Are these fluorescent tubes? Is there some kind of cover over them or are they just exposed?
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lizadilly
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007 11:44:54 AM »

they are tubes, and they are covered in a kind of oriental window box-style.  same white plastic in offices though, basically. 
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2007 06:16:56 PM »

I would change the bulbs/tubes to full spectrum florescents:

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Manufacturers have introduced "full-spectrum" fluorescent products that have a high Color Rendering Index (CRI) and Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) that mimics natural daylight.

"Full spectrum" lighting refers to light that attempts to mimic natural lighting by having a CCT of about 5,000 to 6,000 K and providing light in wavelengths across the visible spectrum. Full spectrum lamps typically have color rendering indices above 90 (incandescent lamps are typically over 95; old blue fluorescents are about 70). Although not marketed as full spectrum, fluorescent lighting having a color temperature of about 2,700 to 2,800 K and a CRI greater than 80 produces a warm light that mimics incandescent lamps.


That should help some.
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popartlover09
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007 06:34:26 PM »

i would maybe decorate the white coverings, if its possible, stainglass or something, hope that helps..
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jjm
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2007 06:03:01 PM »

A quicker fix would be to cover the plastic inserts with a light material (so the the material is on the outside)...solid or pattern...you choose.  Fold over just enough to and secure on the edges with tape (which in time, might come loose, but should hold it long enough to reinstall the panels and then the framing would hold it in place).

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