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sheffdave2002 11-11-2012 02:00 PM

Recessed lighting in basement - thoughts on layout
I'm putting up recessed lighting in my basement and would appreciate some thoughts on the lighting layout I'm looking at. The room is 21 x 12 feet and will be used as a bedroom, or at least half will have a bed and the other half a sofa and chair for general reading/relaxing. There are two small windows at one end of the room. I'm looking at putting up 6" compact recessed cans with 75w dimmable R30 floods, 4 rows of 3 on 2 circuits, for each half of the room, so 12 lights in total. Will have both circuits on dimmers so want to make sure I've got enough light to start with... The ceiling height is 6'7. Would appreciate some comments on whether this is enough light given the room size and relatively low ceiling height. Thanks! David

gregzoll 11-11-2012 04:33 PM

You really need to post a drawing of the floor plan.

sheffdave2002 11-11-2012 04:50 PM

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Here is the plan and the room!

sublime2 11-11-2012 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by sheffdave2002
Here is the plan and the room!

That's ALOT of light!

gregzoll 11-11-2012 07:15 PM

As I am figuring it, 12 floods are going to put out roughly around 1,320 degrees all together. Talk about baking a room.

sublime2 11-11-2012 07:28 PM

8 cans maybe even 6 will be more then sufficient for that area. Especially with such a low ceiling.
You mention that someone will be sleeping in the room,by code the room is required to have an exit in case of fire be it a door or egress window.

sheffdave2002 11-11-2012 09:43 PM

Thanks for the comments!
Good to get some input - have been going back and forth on whether that is enough lights or overkill so its great to have a better idea!


gregzoll 11-11-2012 09:48 PM

Go with LED lighting. Less heat, and can use one circuit to power.

sheffdave2002 11-11-2012 09:57 PM

Aiming to do it on a budget though and the LED equivalent 6" cans are 5 times the price..

gregzoll 11-11-2012 10:24 PM

It is not about the upfront costs, it is the long term, which you will be glad that you did go with LED vs. Incandescent or CFL PAR's. Spend the money for the LED fixtures instead of cheaping.

rebelranger 11-12-2012 01:49 AM

you can use 3w LED standard A base bulbs inside can lights, use the can light adjustment to bring the bulb down thereby getting a better light dispersion. The 3w or even the 8w ones I'm talking about will run about $5 to $12 dollars, but think about it like this 12 3w bulbs = 36w. 12 PAR30 bulbs = 360w. That is a 100% saving of electricity usage. Also the LED bulbs are instant on, as opposed to CFLs, will not hum when dimmed as Incandescent bulbs do (unless rough service bulbs), and have a 50,000 hour life as opposed to around 5000 fro incandescent or 10,000 for CFL.

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rebelranger 11-12-2012 02:10 AM

FYI - I am not endorsing the sites about, just showing you what LED bulb I'm talking about and their pricing.

NewHomeDIYGuy 11-19-2012 10:18 AM

So the room is 21'x12' not 21x12 like in the diagram correct?

For a 21 x 12' room, I'd say 6-8 would be PLENTY of light as others are saying. I'd opt for 6. Just have a 2x3 arrangement of recessed cans.

fourx 11-20-2012 09:25 AM

looks like 6 would be fine. it's a bedroom not a grow room :)

mikegp 11-20-2012 10:03 AM

No need to put them right on the walls. Just take the 6 center ones and rotate them 90 degrees.

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