Office lighting


Old 02-17-04, 05:59 PM
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Office lighting

I am trying to decide what kind of lighting to put in my basement office. I have 2 choices, pot lights (the ceiling is low so I dont want a ceiling mounted light) or wall scones.

The room is 7'6" by 10' with my desk on one of the long walls. I mainly use a computer so monitor glare is my biggest concern (there is no windows to worry about but I want to make sure I prevent glare from the lights.

I was thinking of having either 2 pot lights centered the narrow way and spaced evenly between walls the long way. Or I would have 2 wall scones one on each side of the room the narrow way centered on the 10' walls, this way one would be above my screne and the other behind my back.

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated

I know this post should probably be in the lighting fourm but it is still an electrical question and this fourm gets ALOT more traffic so I figured I would get an answer quicker.
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Old 02-17-04, 06:12 PM
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I suggest a combination of pot lights and wall sconces. Pot lights aren't the greatest choice when the ceiling is low, so some sconces pointing up would be good. Paint the ceiling white.

I put a can light directly above my computer monitor and two on either side behind my chair. Most important is to use eyeball trim on these cans so that you can adjust the light to avoid glare. You might also want to put them on a dimmer for those times you want less light.

Upward pointing wall sconces can be used elsewhere for general lighting. Downward pointing wall sconces above the couch or reading chair can be used for reading.
Old 02-18-04, 11:10 AM
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The pot lights and wall scones is exactly what I did for the rec room, pot lights for general use and dimmed scones for movie watching, I think I will go just pot lights in the office as I wont need general lighting, only work lighting. I might also get a dimmer.

How much are cheap dimmers, I saw some at the home depot for $20 canadian, is that normal or are there cheaper ones?
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There are cheaper ones

7 or 8 USD, but beware, in high hats can cause buzzing, Lutron is the most famous for buzzing problems, Leviton or GE are very good, and of course Lightolier are the BEST!! At 20 $ you should be getting a darn good dimmer!

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