Lighting for Exposed Beam Ceiling

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Lighting for Exposed Beam Ceiling

Postby ePimp » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:04 am

Recessed lighting is out, it appears. The wood on our ceiling is like 1" thick or more, and the roof flashing and insulation is right on the other side.

Anyway, any suggestions for ceiling lighting? Our fifty different wall and table lamps in our living/family rooms just don't cut it. Thanks.

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Postby robbhouston » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:36 am

I actually remembered a specific thread that might give you some ideas. Did a quick search and found it...

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9579

It discusses dark wooden open ceilings and how to light them. I think my main suggestion was shooting lights up at the ceiling. Either directional wall mounted spots pointed up, or perhaps indirect lighting hidden behind valances shinning up.

There's a bunch of threads on all kinds of lighting issues in this forum. Try searching a bit, you'll get tons of hits.

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Postby ePimp » Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:35 am

Thanks for the reply. We definitely want to light up the rooms enough for reading, playing board games, etc. The ability for something dimmer, as well, would be great.

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Postby Joe » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:13 pm

I would consider a combination of directional down lights, globe light, and wall mounted sconces for indirect lighting.

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Postby egads » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:33 pm

I used cable lighting. Most folks in the era would have mounted track to the sides of the beams. But with cable, you go wall to wall and don't have to screw into the ceiling at all. (well long runs do sometimes need a center support) Rail is usually better with lower ceilings, but that does require screwing into the ceiling a lot.

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Postby Chimay » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:44 pm

We used sconces on the walls that provide uplighting. That's more than enough to provide well lit rooms, when paired with floor table lamps. Also, it adds some interest by drawing attention to the beamed ceiling and accentuates the appearance of the "floating" roof from outside, when seen from through the clerestory windows.

In the kitchen, where strong, overhead task lighting was needed over the workspace, we did use small, low-voltage halogen spots strung together with a cable, per egads' suggestion. This is very unobtrusive and didn't leave much of a mark if we ever decide to change it. They're also fairly well hidden from view because they're screwed into the side of the beam, and can't be seen from one side.
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Postby JXBrown » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:48 am

In the kitchen I used a track system and attached it to the beam so that the lights can only be seen from the kitchen. The beams are painted chocolate brown and the track system and lights (I needed compact fluorescent bulbs instead of the smaller halogens) are black.

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:13 am

Here's what I did:

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I ran conduit, painted the same color as the beam, as close as I could to the leading edge; unless really looking for it, you don't see it. With that double beam, you really won't see it if you run it on the inside; this way you can get some really boss pendant lamps, like a pull down for your breakfast table!
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Postby SDR » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:25 am

I agree. Those paired rafters are just begging for a wire to hide between them.


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