Basement lighting

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Old 08-10-10, 06:01 PM
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Basement lighting

I am planning on finishing my basement and am looking for lighting ideas. I am highly considering recessed lighting, but am concerned about the number of cams I will need. The area will be used as a play around for my kids, so it doesn't need to be library bright, but still bright. The ceiling height is 8'. The area is composed of two different "zones." One is 26' x 12.5' and the other is 17' x 12'. Any suggestions on the number of cams and type? Or should I go fluorescent? If fluorescent, how many? Thanks!
 
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Any ideas?

I just wanted to follow up to see if anyone has any ideas? Thanks.
 
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Old 08-15-10, 11:33 AM
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Sorry for the late reply.

Layout will depend on your framing and other obstructions but cans are always a good option. I suggest going with 6" cans due to the many options of lamps, trim rings and cost.

I would bet about 14 6" cans (8 and 6) will give you a nice even amount of light.
 
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quick follow up

Thanks for the insight. One question: regular lights on a dimmer or CFLs? I'm leaning towards the regular lights because the dimmer gives more flexibility but I appreciate that CFLs generate less heat (but also in my opinion less light). Thanks again.
 
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Old 08-26-10, 05:08 AM
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If they are going to stay on for long periods I would go with the CFLs, but if you want to dim them for atmosphere or when watching TV I would stay with the incandescents.

Some CFLs are dimmable, but only dim to about 50% before they go almost off and are more expensive than the regular CFLs.
 
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