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Old 06-02-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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I am working on a home gym and the ceiling head room isn't what I'd ideally like it to be. Floor to bottom of joist is just under 8'. I do not want to go with a permanent drywall type of ceiling as I have piping and other cables run for the floor above. I'd like to do a drop ceiling, but I can't have it too far down from the joists. Just enough so I can drop in the tiles into the grid. That leaves me with limited options for ceiling lighting. I was thinking can lights that can go in between the joists which can help on space.

I was also pondering the idea of some wall lights or wall sconces. Maybe either that or can lights or a combination of both. Are there wall lights that would give off enough lighting for a home gym? The room is 21'x13'.

Any ideas or thoughts?

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Old 06-02-2011, 09:58 PM   #2
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Fluorescent lights give off the most light for the least operating cost. I would consider a lay-in troffer or two.

Recessed would need to be mounted to the grid so the housing can drop down flush with the tile face.

Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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Would I be able to get the troffer light inbetween the joists?
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