Lighting requirements

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Old 05-04-03, 08:14 AM
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Lighting requirements

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I am finishing my basement and will be using can lights in many areas of the basement as a primary source of lighting. Is there a rule of thumb or formula to determine what wattage of bulb/type of bulb should be used to illuminate x amount of square feet?

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Steve
 
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Old 05-04-03, 09:22 AM
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Critical factors are ceiling height, wall color, amount of ambient light, type of activities, type of bulb, type of trim package, etc. The human eye is amazingly adaptable, so there is room for quite a bit of error.

Try this web site to give you some good ideas on recessed lighting design.
 
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Old 05-04-03, 03:55 PM
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I use a simple "rule of thumb". When you have an eight foot ceiling a standard 6" can with 65w br30 lamp gives you eight feet of spread. Its not exact, but it works suprisingly well.
 
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more lighting info

Hi-

Thanks for the info! If it helps any, I'm going to have a 9 foot dropped ceiling, and I was planning on using can lighting that I assume fits on the hangers/cross pieces.

Steve
 
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