A. For a simple swap, consider replacing the current fixture with a round, flush-mounted fixture that has a bit of trim on it to keep the lamp cover from looking so big.
Kichler Lighting makes an Energy Star-rated 16-inch round fixture with two metal bands around the outside. So while the fixture extends 31
4 inches down from the ceiling, the lamp itself looks thinner. The trim is available in brushed nickel or antiqued bronze. The fixture works with two 26-watt pin-type fluorescent bulbs, so you get about the same amount of light as with 200 watts of incandescent bulbs. The list price is around $220, but some Web sites are selling it for less.
Lithonia Lighting’s Saturn fixturelooks similar and uses the same bulb, but only one. So although the price is appealing — about $60 at Home Depot — it might not give you enough light. Efficient Lighting makes a similar fixture. The 16-inch-diameter model, which uses a spiral-type compact fluorescent bulb with the light output of a 100-watt incandescent, sells for about $50.
Whatever ceiling fixture you install, also consider adding a strip of lights under the upper cabinets. There are lots of good LED options for this.
How should I deal with a large, fixed, double-glazed window over the front door that has collected moisture and water vapor? The window is about 48 by 60 inches and was installed about 25 years ago.
Call a glass company and arrange for the glass unit in the window to be replaced. A spokesman at Sterling Glass (703-430-2388
), which sends repair people throughout Northern Virginia, said the replacement, including labor, could cost about $1,000. But the labor cost depends on access and other issues, so he suggested getting a free, on-site estimate first.
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