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Old 01-16-2014, 07:37 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I'm looking to revamp the basement lighting. I currently have some florescent lights in the basement that I would like to get rid of and replace with something.

These lights are in a ballast that is recessed into the drop ceiling.

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The something part I'm unsure of though. I came here looking for some ideas. Does any one know what I can replace my current setup with?

I want to remove these ugly shop lights and put something more modern and visual appealing. I was think maybe recessed can lights. However, because I'm dealing with this drop ceiling, I'm not 100% of the alternatives to replace.

Any input or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks - j
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Recessed can are easy enough with a drop ceiling---the metal attachment brackets are notched for resting the can right on the ceiling grid----the big deal killer is what space is available above the tiles----
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Hey,

Got it. Recessed lights no problem. I don't have exact measurements, but it's your typical space between floor joists. I'm guessing it should be deep enough, for the sole fact that there's already a lighting fixture fitting in the space.

Some time soon after work, I'll grab some measurements to be exact.

Most of the lights I've check out (home Depot) seem like they would fit the bill.

Here's (kinda) my end game in this excursion...




Has anyone seen other fixtures besides recessed? Are there different alternatives for what I'm trying to achieve?

I only ask, since trying to visualize this, I'm thinking that maybe the canned lights are not going to deliver enough light and it will be more focused in a concentrated spot. Consider that since those faux wood beams might dead some of the light..

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Hi there,

Looks like ~9'' of space from above flooring to bottom of joist. ~13'' from above flooring to ceiling grid...



I looked at a few lights and most seem to be able to fit in the provided space.

This is a different spot in the basement, bottom of the steps. I'd like to replace these first and see how it looks...



thanks for the input. If I get some time (hopefully this weekend!!) I'll try to change 'em out and snap some after pics.

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So, check it out...

The working prototype...



Everyone on was home today, so I didn't have the chance to kill power for ~1 hour. I got a nice light from HD and an outside ring.

One quick question...If I want to run two of these can lights, am I going to wire them like so....



Say Ok and I have a game plan...!!!

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Your doing great---there is a drywall compass available that makes cutting the holes easy and neat---probably not worth buying for one small job--but it's nice to know that they are available---
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Hi there,

Hate to revive such an old topic, but I finished a few weeks ago. It's worth a share! Thanks all for all the help!



..and all lit up...



Puts a smile on my face - thanks again!
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Hey again,

I'll also throw some of my notes and techniques.

I used a regular compass (the kind you use in highschool shop class) and got my 4in diameter. I carefully cut it with a kitchen steak knife (it was old).

the lights themselves aren't much fuss. I wired then up initially with those pre-installed snap-lock. No light though when the switch was flipped. Took it all out and cut the snap-lock. Ended up with just wire nuts. Lit riiiight up after that.

i still have 4 more fluorescent light ballast I'd like to replace. I can't stand the ultra cool bluish light. These recessed lights with the warm color really provides the atmosphere in the basement.

That's all - thanks again!
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That is exactly what my in-laws did. The Fluorescent fixtures were dated, and with the Pot's, it looks a lot better down in their walk-out basement, when you are watching tv.



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I think recessed lights are really the best for a basement. Especially with a dropped ceiling. What you're doing so far looks great!


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Hey there

Thanks for the kind words.

Yes - the folks who lived her before must have had an obsession with these fluorescent fixtures.

I have 4 more to replace...



...These ones are in the TV sectional area. I really don't like the color of light that is put out by these. I wouldn't mind dropping a few more cans up there. The lights I put up at the foot of my steps were 4in. I'm not sure if I should keep with that size or bump up to 5in.

...and then we have these ones....



..This is above the desk/dart board area. Over here, I'm unsure as the current fixtures are quite large and seem to put out a good amount of light. Then again, I hate this cool blue color. I'm just hoping if I pull these down, that two can lights will output enough light.

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Just do not double them like you did at the stairs. I would take at least one out at the base of the stairs, and just go with one every 3-4 panels.

Just do not place them directly over where someone will sit, or where the tv will be.

The best thing to do is to use Grid paper to create a lighting design.



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