Pot lights are too expensive and halogen too inefficient, so I am considering installing loops of LED rope lighting on my kitchen ceiling as the room's main light source. Could this work?
LED rope lighting, which looks like a clear garden hose with pin lights every four inches, is not attractive and is meant to be hidden, typically in a cove, valance or closet. Instead of installing a messy loop of it, why not stick with regular fixtures over your kitchen island and monopoints or pot lights along the perimeter?
As for bulbs, I love the look of (soon-to-be-banned) incandescents, which turn on instantaneously. This is not the case with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), which cast a harsh, cold light and contain mercury, making disposal tricky. Though expensive, LED lighting is efficient and long-lasting, while halogen is also long-lasting, but generates too much heat. My advice is to go with The Good (LED) or The Bad (incandescent) but stay away from The Ugly (CFL).