How To Light Large Family Room Without Recessed Lighting
gholsonmiller
March 13, 2014 in Design Dilemma
I need to light (in the next 24 hours) a 22' x 33' bonus/family room with NO recessed lighting. The ceiling in the central portion of the room is 11' and slopes to 9" on the sides. Two ceiling fans (w/o lights) will center on the stairs and window opposite the stairs. How do I provide good general lighting for the space? The electricians and lighting shops are clueless. They always use cans.
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It's important to layer your lighting! The four layers are ambient, task, accent and decorative.

Ambient lighting is the general lighting you want. Here's a guide to that: http://www.lightsonline.com/what-is-ambient-lighting/
Some fixtures you can use to get ambient lighting include ceiling flush mounts, ceiling semi-flush mounts and chandeliers. Large ceiling pendants could also work well, especially on the sloped ceilings--some pendants come with the tools you need to mount to a sloped ceiling.

You can read up on the other layers here, too: http://www.lightsonline.com/lighting-basics/

Let us know if you need more advice.
March 13, 2014 at 8:46AM   
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