ideas for lighting a room with a sloped ceiling


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Old 12-03-12, 11:24 AM
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ideas for lighting a room with a sloped ceiling

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I'm getting ready to drywall and want to make sure I have plan for lighting this little back room. The ceiling is sloped, basically 10' on the south side and 7' on the north side. I'd like to use recessed LED lighting along the short wall but unfortunately the joists are 2x4s which leaves me little room for such niceties. I've built my own pendant lights for the north (tall) side of the room which should work quite nice and maybe that's going to be enough, I don't like wall sconces in that small of a room.

Any ideas? Attached is an east-west and a west-east view of the room.

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Old 12-03-12, 01:42 PM
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Just about any surface mounted ceiling light would work just fine. Big orange also has these LED trims that look similar to recessed cans when installed. :6 in. LED Disk Light For Recessed Can Lighting-CED6 WW 120 WH at The Home Depot IF you do use these I suggest using the largest round box you can find and using #14 on a 15 amp circuit. The light takes up a lot of room.

If it was me, I would drop the ceiling down you you can get a bunch of insulation up there. 2x4 you will only get an R-13. Then you would have plenty of room for cans.
 

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Old 12-04-12, 07:32 AM
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Those are pretty interesting and I might try two or three of those, i'll have to do some sort of drywall kungfu so they're not shooting out at an angle.

I do not want to lower the ceiling even though i'd be able to gain more insulation. I think I'm going to go with pendant lights and a track light along the wall without the window and hope that provides enough light. Thanks for the suggestions!
 
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Old 12-04-12, 07:52 AM
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Or maybe this way:

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A couple of points here. May want to drop that ceiling a bit so to get more insulation. Don't estimate how much more it will cost to heat and cool that area. It could be substantial. You could always maintain the 7 foot height and lower the 10 to 9 ft and get substantial insulation gains as well as open up your options for lighting. As for lighting.. two points. Depending what that room will be used for, you need enough wattage in there to light the place up. General rule of thumb is 4 watts per sq ft. Pendant lights always look good but observe the total wattage so you don't underlight... the frequently don't put out a lot of light. You don't need any sheet rock kung fu because anything in the ceiling should be flush mounted to look good. The pendant light exterior bases are flush with the rock but of course still hang straight down. Can lights don't look good unless made flush with the ceiling so just any can light won't work. In my opinion, your only options in that room (since you don't want sconces) are pendant lighting, track lighting (sometimes a headache unless you use larger fixtures so to be able to use standard bulbs because specialty bulbs..Halogen, Xenon etc burn out too soon and are expensive) and flush mounted can lights (assuming you drop the ceiling a bit). If you want a can light on a angled ceiling, you generally use a "bug eye" light that allows you to redirect the light downward. I wouldn't get married to LED lighting necessarily. They are efficient and frequently smaller but cost significantly more. Where they are most valuble is in areas that are hard to change so you use longest lasting bulbs like I have in my one 22 ft ceiling room and my outdoor floods that are 30 ft in the air and make me nervous to change at those heights. The $60 cost of the bulbs there were worth it. Based on your pics, my personal opinion is pendants and track lights.
 
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Old 12-04-12, 10:37 AM
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I would just hang the pendant lights somewhere between 1/3 of the room width off the north wall, where the ceiling will be ~9', and the midpoint, where the ceiling will be ~8'6". If your lights have clear or milky globes or shades that should give you plenty of light.
 
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Old 12-04-12, 04:50 PM
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The light from the LED lights I posted spreads quite a bit so I doubt them being at a angle will be a big deal. Maybe temporary one and see how it looks.

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