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reliv_guy

12:07PM | 03/07/00
Member Since: 03/06/00
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We have a two story family room (16x23)and want to install some overall lighting in the room. We are leaning toward recessed lighting, but arent sure how many lights we would need and the proper placement for them. The wall color is a beige look (Sherwin Williams China Doll) and the walls are drywall the entire two stories. We have a fireplace (stops at the mantel) at one end of the room flanked by 13 foot windows. Any suggestions are appreciated.

rpxlpx

09:14AM | 05/09/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
My house has quite a bit of recessed lighting and if I had it to do over, I would go another way for several reasons: 1)uneven lighting 2)drafts from between walls and attic (Most of these lights say you can't put insulation within 6 inches.) 3) more lights needed, thus higher electric bills, to get the same result as I could get with fewer fixtures of other types. If you go with recessed lights, check then out for these issues first.

bc

02:00PM | 05/09/00
Member Since: 02/16/00
45 lifetime posts
I tend to agree with the other poster although you can get cans rated to allow insulation to be packed around and over them. Get a lighting expert on this. Think about some track lighting. With a few well placed tracks, you can point the cans to where you need the light. You can also buy more cans to add to the tracks if needed. Some you can shine at particular areas where you need light (by chairs, etc. for reading) and some you can shine at the walls/ceiling for indirect lighting as well as in the perimeter areas. When you move the furniture, you can move the track mounted ones which you can't do with the cans.

You basially want a mixture of 3 types of lighting. Direct overhead, indirect off of walls/ceilings/behind valences, and perimeter lighting of the room. Lamps help with some of this. One light in the middle of a room leaves it dark around the walls so mix them up.

Don't forget flourescent as a possibility.

tigerstripe

06:07PM | 04/08/01
Member Since: 04/03/01
40 lifetime posts
I'm not a big fan of recessed lighting, either. We have it above our bar area, which is nice, but I don't think I'd want it throughout a room. Instead, the wall-mounted lights are nice. Some shine mostly up, and some shine up, but have frosted glass so they are brighter, but not glaring. And then use table lamps, which I think are the coziest. You can even have a few of these table lamps connected to a wall switch when you walk in the room and flip on the lightswitch. have fun!
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