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basement lighting

Posted by bc on November 20th, 2000 12:03 AM
In reply to Recessed Lighting for Drop Ceiling in Basement by Lou on November 19th, 2000 08:41 PM [Go to top of thread]

Put a 4 bulb 4' florescent grid troffer in the middle of the room for when you need a lot of light for work or study, etc. Basements are so dark and it is nice to have some bright light available such as when your wife wants to thread that needle. Dim lighting is really hard on the eyes and especially the older you get. Besides standard bathroom vanity and exhaust fan lighting, I have a grid 4 bulb troffer in the basement bathroom and love the bright light. If too much light then unwire the ballast for the center bulbs. Then around the perimeter put in some cans over such as beds, dressers, desks, chairs, couchs, etc or where they might go with when your wife moves them around every few months. Use a dimmer on these so you can control light for watching tv, sitting at computer, reading, etc. One can around the center line of each wall a foot or two from the wall would be starting point. Add a few feet of extra sheathed electrical cable to each light and buy extra ceiling tiles so you can move them around to where you want them in the future. That will allow you to test the lighting and you can tack them up temporarily until you get your ceiling put in.

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