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recessed lights (gimbals) as reading lights in bedroom?

Posted by remodel-mama (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 17, 10 at 2:47

My husband and I have begun researching recessed lights - wow - there is a lot to learn! One of the salespeople we spk with suggested using recessed low voltage gimbal lights above the bed (on separate swithces) for reading lights. We have 9' ceilings and I am worried that this won't work right. Anyone out there have experience with this? Thanks!

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RE: recessed lights (gimbals) as reading lights in bedroom?

The recessed lighting isn't a bad idea.
However, I highly don't recommend low voltage. The transformers etc are not very nice.

RE: recessed lights (gimbals) as reading lights in bedroom?

Your salesperson is right.
The only way to achieve the light levels you need to read is to use low voltage recessed fixtures.
They should be mounted close to the wall over your bed,to provide the light from over your shoulder ,with your switch controlling the fixture on the other side of the bed.
Then ,the recessed gimbal trim, or slot aperture, should direct the light over the shoulder of the person on the opposite side of the bed.
By using a 50 watt SPOT MR16 lamp you'll have more light than you'll ever need, so maybe you should consider a magnetic low voltage dimmer as well.
By the way ,we sell over 4000 low voltage housings a year in our stores and have maybe 2 or 3 defective transformers, which can easily be replaced.

RE: recessed lights (gimbals) as reading lights in bedroom?

that's what we're doing over our bed.

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