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Old 09-02-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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As the first step in our basement remodel, I am taking over a bedroom that is not actually a bedroom (no window) to be my office. The room is about 11x14 and will make a great office. But I need to upgrade the lighting. Currently there is what I call a boob light and it provides just horrible light.

I can fish in any wire I need so that is not really a factor. So my options are:

1) Recessed. I don't really like direct light, so I would probably place them towards the side walls and let them reflect.

2) Fluorescent tubes. I think this light is harsh and probably too bright for me, but they are whats in most offices.

3) Track. Pointed at the walls for ambient light.

The old light does have 2 feeds as there was a fan in the room so I can go with 2 types of lights ie track for most days and then tubes for when I need full light.

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Old 09-02-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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Recessed all day long.

BTW, a room isn't considered a bedroom because of a window, usually its when the room has a closet that it is considered a bedroom.

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Recessed in the ceiling for general lighting - with desk lamp(s) or similar for task area lighting. IMHO.
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Ok recessed it is.

Any suggestions on how many? Pattern? Room is 11x14.

Our MBR has them around the edges in the soffit and I think this provides good light without it being obnoxious.
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BTW, a room isn't considered a bedroom because of a window,
In a Basement, a lot of communities require an egress window to call it a bedroom.
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In a Basement, a lot of communities require an egress window to call it a bedroom.
That's it. We have had two different appraisers and one treated it as a bedroom because the adjacent bathroom had a window. Another didn't accept that logic.
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Depends on how you're going to lay out the furniture. We've got a pretty big office in our new house, I think it's 12x20. We've got 2 on each end, one over each desk and two along the side that doesn't have the desks. We have face-to-face desks in the middle, against the outside wall. There are three dimmers, one for each desk and then one for the other 6 perimeter lights. We plan on putting tighter trims on the cans over the desks, and lower wattage in the perimeter cans.

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