recessed lighting

Old 11-05-02, 11:13 AM
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recessed lighting

I plan to install recessed (can) lighting after I finish framing my basement. Later, I expect I'll go with 4'x2' drop ceiling panels. Two questions on the lighting.
1) Is there a rule of thumb on # of light units (or watts) per sq foot of finished area?
2) The can light fixtures have an adjustable rectangular frame that apparently can either be mounted between the joists or simply rested on the ceiling grid (frame)? Is one of these methods of installing recommended over the other?

Thanks for your ideas,
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Old 11-06-02, 05:33 AM
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Make sure they are low enough for you new ceiling if you decide to nail the to the joists. Some cans slide down in the sleeve a few inches, but it can be a pain.
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Installing recessed lighting

You should space your lights about 6-7 feet apart to get a good overall coverage in your room. Determine where the joists are in your room so that you can place your lights accordingly. Keep in mind that if you place all your lights between the same two joists, you will have less trouble running wire than if you place them between different joists. To make an easy installation, minimize the number of joists that you have to run wire through.

If you have access to the ceiling joists in your room, you should use cans that mount directly to the joists for greater stability.

Installing Recessed Lights. Easy2 Technologies. Retrieved 06 November 2002.

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