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Lighting a Kitchen by Patrick J. Galvin The Dark Ages signifies one period in time for archaeologists, another for sociologists. In 1987, the "dark ages" too often are the hours spent by home owners in today's kitchens with yesterday's light fixtures. Lighting a kitchen properly is not difficult if it is done at the design stage. All you need to know are what kinds of light are needed, how much to put in, and what wiring is necessary. But there are several variables that affect light in the kitchen. Dark surfaces on cabinets, walls, and floors, for example, can double the amount of light needed. The age of the home buyer is also a factor. A person of 40 needs