Recessed lighting in basement - thoughts on layout
Gregzoll, has a good point there. I would suggest the LED's myself..preferably 6 recess canes being you dealing with a total of 24 sq ft, floor area of space and then with the low ceiling. With the dimmer you set the contrast with the lighting. As the alternative..you may want to consider remodeling adding that 2ndary exit point, for you do need to escape doors by code.