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Old 06-01-2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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I'm not a fan of the lighting in one of our basement rooms. I find recessed lighting looks fantastic, but I've never installed it before.

I picked up a 6 pack of T7 trim and six H4 housings. (Though I can't find a link to them anywhere online! Strange. They're 6" downlight remodel airtight housings.)

Below is a diagram of the background quickly tossed together in Visio. (If anyone knows a way to save Visio floorplans to JPG while displaying measurements, please let me know how!)


The ceiling is 8', except under the I-beam/ductwork, where it is 7'.

I wanted to know if anyone sees any drastic problems with this idea. We wish to eventually use dimmable, CFL BR or PAL lights that shine 'Daylight' in color. I realized the switch and bulbs are expensive.

Still, I was told to keep recessed lights within throw distance of each other, or, about 4', as these are 8 foot ceilings. When I sketch this out, I get something like this:


That's a lot more lights than I expected to put in. Do you really need that many 6" lights in a space 18' x 12'?

I certainly hope not, as this is getting far more expensive than I anticipated.

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I've read elsewhere on this site that 6" cans can be placed every 6', that should reduce the number you need.

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I've read elsewhere on this site that 6" cans can be placed every 6', that should reduce the number you need.
That would help, and I was thinking of ways I could make up for loss of light against the walls. I began toying around with wall lighting, but then realized I can't do that; this is a town house. The left and right sides are just drywall against a firewall.

Right now I'm considering just going down and cutting two holes, installing just those lights in the center and measuring the throw, just to get an idea. Now I just need to decide if I want to center between the two firewalls, or between the two closets...
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