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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Default Lighting Design Plan Help?

    Hi, we are renovating our 1890's home and have removed the many ceiling layers and are getting ready to run new ceiling fixture wiring and drywall. However, I am having a hard time deciding what, where are how many light fixtures to run.

    I have browsed the web and have come up short on information on how to plan this.

    The are is two large rooms with a small divider:
    The total space is 11.2 ft wide and 30 feet long.

    Should I go with recessed lighting around the perimeter and a centers ceiling flush fixtures?

    Any advice or direction to resources is greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Default Re: Lighting Design Plan Help?

    Your lighting decisions should be based on the purpose of the rooms and how they will be furnished and decorated and if you will have pictures or artwork on the walls. The size and shape of the rooms is of little importance here.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Default Re: Lighting Design Plan Help?

    The light amount will also depend on the height of the celing.. Im partial to can lights, but thats just me.. as far as how many, well depends how birght ya want it. I always use cans, and put on dimmers.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Columbiana, Alabama

    Default Re: Lighting Design Plan Help?

    Both good comments. I too prefer can lights and dimmers.

    If you put in 95W 130V lamps with eyeball trim you can change the lighting effect very easily by adjusting the direction and angle.

    By using high wattage, high voltage lamps with a dimmer the lamps may last 5 years or more, if run at less than full.

    Also, for safety use IC rated fixtures so they may safely touch the insulation/wood etc around them. If they will be located in an un-conditioned space use "IC" and "Airtight" type.

    If being installed in an existing ceiling use "Remodel" type.

    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
    Maurice Turgeon,

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    Default Re: Lighting Design Plan Help?

    Just to add to what has already been said: consider costs as well, cost of materials, labor and running the lights.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    Default Re: Lighting Design Plan Help?

    I strongly agree with @keith3267; decide how you are going to use the two spaces before you light them. A rec-room wants lots of light and grid of recessed lights would be great for that. However, a living-room or bedroom needs significantly less light, mostly from floor-lamps and table-lamps.

    Do you have a floor-plan for these rooms yet?

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