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Old 07-10-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Hey i just bought my first house with a beautiful finished basement but what i didnt know until i moved in is there is a lack of lighting theres one small light for the whole basement just wondering what you would reccomend for lighting i would love to have recessed lights but my basement is finished is there any way around this?

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Old 07-10-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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There are remodel recessed cans, but you still need to fish the wire
Is the whole basement finished ?
No utility room you might have access from ?
Can you fish wire off the existing light ?

I've used track lighting before
I may even use some in this house...if I can find the darn rail again
Floor & table lamps also work well

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yes the whole basement is finished

does track lighting look really nice i havent seen it in anyones house yet
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Don't go with track lights. They are irritating..
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any suggestions then?
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Whether or not track lighting looks good or not is a matter of personal preference. There are many types of heads that can be used to satisfy a variety of tastes. Ceiling height may also play a role. Purpose for the room matters, too, in my mind. Lighting for a workshop would probably be different than lighting for a theater room, or for a bedroom.

Regardless, I think you will have to answer the questions already posed: How easy is it to run wire in the ceiling (which ways to the ceiling joists run? Access from adjacent rooms?). How many other devices (lights and plugs) are already on the circuit supplying power to the existing light (you don't want to overload the circuit adding lots of additional fixtures)? Are table or floor lamps an option? How do you want to control your lighting (wall switch for all? turn off each table lamp? etc...)?

There are also surface-mount wiring tracks that could be used if adding wire proves too much and your decorating senses allow.
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Recessed lghts sometimes transmit more sound bewteen floors. I've seen lights in soffits that open upward that cast light up off the ceiling. So if you're up to building and drywalling siffits that's one option.

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