02:39PM | 12/07/02
Member Since: 11/22/02
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I'm in the process of finishing a 12x23 basement living area (TV, home theatre, etc). How many potlights should I install to ensure sufficient lighting?

I was thinking 6 lights in total, one pair around the centre of the room with each of the other 2 pairs about 6' away from the centre.

Any suggestions? Thanks.


02:16PM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Really not possible to tell since a lot depends on the 'trim'. If black trim is used, less light is given off. White trim gives off more light. 'Bulls eye' trim gives a spot light effect. Type of bulbs also will affect the lighting so guess you will have to go with your 'gut' feeling.


07:42AM | 12/09/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I want to repeat what Ldoyle said about the trim color. White sleeves in the light will result in about twice as much useful light.
Also, unless you want the light to be very focused on small areas, use "flood" bulbs, not "spot" bulbs.
The location of these lights is important, as they don't provide general lighting for the whole room unless you plan carefully. Otherwise, you'll have light and dark areas. Also I recommend you use more lights than you think you need, and put them on one or more dimmer(s).


03:51PM | 12/09/02
Member Since: 11/22/02
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Thanks very much for the responses. I had no idea that the trim made such a difference, and I will definitely try and use flood bulbs.

I take it from the reponses there is no "rule of thumb" for the number of lights per square foot. Maybe I'll try and squeeze in 8 instead of 6 to be safe...


06:59PM | 12/09/02
Member Since: 11/06/02
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Depending on trims, size of bulb and wattage, height of ceiling, colour of wall and ceiling paint, and intended use of room, I try to space them as close as 38" for busy work area like a kitchen and as far as 60" for a relaxation room.


07:04PM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 11/22/02
13 lifetime posts
I'm finally ready to buy and install the recessed lighting in the basement. Any last minute suggestions as to what size to buy? 4, 5, 6 inch? halogen vs standard bulb?




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