lighting ideas for suspended ceiling

barneyrubbleAugust 21, 2007

I'm in the process of freshening up a small basement apartment. Currently, the only fixed lighting in the living room is a flourescent panel that takes the place of one of the 2'X4' suspended ceiling panels. I'm not a fan of this type of lighting or the appearance, which seems very institutional. Can anyone suggest fixtures that provide a warmer, more subdued feel? Pictures of what you are happy with would be great, too. Thanks!

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You can use anything you want. Fixture boxes can be suspended by a bar that crosses the Tbar grid plus wires that transfer weight to the actual supporting ceiling above.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 7:18PM
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Thanks for the info, but what I'd like to know are some of the more pleasing options for lighting fixtures and their placement. The typical ceilings I've seen use fixtures that normally appear on a smooth surface. I think they look busy when used with a grid system. Has anyone used small, low wattage can lights along the perimter of a basement room?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 10:09PM
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You can also use track lighting. They make a piece that goes on the grid of the ceiling to hold the track. From their you can use small track heads. This is just another option.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 9:31AM
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We used flourescent cans, track lights and wall washer lights in our basement playroom.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 3:42AM
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You could go with a nicer version of what you have right now..... Most manufacturer's make a 'basket fixture' which is something of an indirect type of light....

or better yet, try one of the latest generation of recessed lighting, which is much nicer aesthetically than the fixture you are using now, and very energy efficient. Check out the recessed option here.

These are typically commercial products, but since you already have a t-bar ceiling, it would seem to make sense. One of these might run you more than a recessed can, but provide the light output of many cans, and without the glare....

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 12:43AM
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We use track and the lights that are on the ceiling fan. Hate the ceiling fan lights and only use them when I need real bright light. Otherwise we use table lamp 99.5% of the time.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2007 at 11:16PM
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Bumping this.

I am looking for something like the Ledalights linked above. I can't find an on-line source for these or similar. I'd like to know what they cost.

I feel like my basement suspended ceiling is already low enough....I don't want to even add clouds with a 6" profile. Maybe I should just get over that?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2008 at 9:06AM
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Wall sconces with up light and out light can provide nice ambiant light. Then focus on task lighting where you need it such as pendants over a bar or table and accent lights like track for focal points on the wall. The rest of the room will take care of itself.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2008 at 4:38PM
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