I don't have room in this post to explain every step but even if I did I think I'd make you read them anyway, it's a right of passage that I wouldn't want you to miss. Is it possible to use this circuit and attach a dimmer switch that does not affect any electricity upstairs? As far as your wiring of the recessed lighting goes, you will be using , I buy the 250 ft rolls and I usually use two rolls to wire most basement lighting circuits. Basement Lighting Options For starters basements typically have a lower ceiling height than the main floors. Ben75662 wrote: My basement ceilings are right at 8', so I'm not sure on how to go about this. Think of layering light as you would creating a painting. For a more modern touch, and to make the space feel airier, consider peeling back the ceiling in places and running track lights along the exposed joists. But please, for now, keep reading.
My room is 14' x 24'. Last week one of my readers asked a question: Which is better? So the first consideration will be head room if you install surface mount lights. Check your local codes before implementing any of the following suggestions. Put the tester up to a wire; if it lights up, do not touch that wire until you can safely disconnect it from the power source. While she could have turned the lighting off at the switch that would have left her open to someone in the family coming down to the basement and flipping the lights back on. Basement Lighting Fluorescent lights provide great overall lighting in a finished basement, while are very popular for ambient lighting they provide.
Go to Home Depot at lunch and buy the can light, a line tester and a wire stripper and get started. Some recessed lights are manufactured with junction boxes as part of the fixture. If the cieling is under 8', go with 10. You can also set up another which controls light levels in both entertainment areas separately. First, put on your blue dork suit and ridiculous yellow visor hat.
Installing different types of lights on different circuits will provide flexibility in how you light your room for different activities. Some has glass cover, some has silver color inside instead of white, …etc. Good luck with your recessed lighting projects! In such fixtures, the housing is the piece mounted into the ceiling. So not only did I install all these lights, I had to buy them all first. Basements are the ultimate blank canvas. Attach the molding to the walls.
Your family's safety is well worth the price. I haven't bought them or installed them yet, just finished the measurements. Place six inch lights about six feet apart, etc. Additional benefits of recessed lighting include the absence of cords and lamp shades, a decreased risk of personal injury, and an improved overall design aesthetic. Uplighting is also an important element to include in a typically windowless area like a basement. Recessed lights take much more time to install and it can be quite challenging to come up with a layout that works well aesthetically while not interfering with the structure.
How Much Do Recessed Lights Cost? Your page greatly helped me decide, appreciate you sharing your experience. Just leave me feedback or ask questions in the comment box below and I will get back to you the same day. Confine lower-hanging fixtures to the areas above tables, bars, pool tables and such, where you will never have to walk underneath them and worry about bumping your head. The is a beautiful, semi-absent sphere that forever changes shape depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Have concrete walls or exposed structural systems in your basement? This approach lets you raise the ceiling in the center of the room, which you can then light with floor or task lamps to create a sense of intimacy. You must join wires within an accessible junction box. It will also not be ideal for your energy bill.
If you are, create a cozy vibe with task lighting over seating areas or entertaining areas, as was done here. One of these was already there when I bought the place, it is hung using chains from hooks screwed into the subfloor above. Here you can learn how to finish the entire basement project yourself or partially finish your basement with the help of subcontractors. Both tactics are shown here. Installation Costs - What to Expect In most cases, it is best to hire an electrician to install recessed lighting in your home. Recessed lights require a precise circular hole to be cut in the ceiling and then wires to be daisy chained from fixture to fixture.
I hope I have given you a decent heads-up on the subject. Budget is definitely tight for this so every consideration for cost — short and long term is required. I'm more than willing to install a light per floor joist gap to evenly light the basement. The runners are installed lengthwise across the basement, with the 16-gauge wires being inserted through the holes in the runners for support. Even more convincing was the quote the homeowner obtained when contemplating the renovation.