NY Good Questions: Fluorescent Tube Lighting?

NY Good Questions: Fluorescent Tube Lighting?

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 11, 2008

Hello AT,

After months of enviously looking at other AT reader's remodels I'm finally renovating my own apartment.

The one detail I didn't originally give much thought to was lighting.

I was hoping to be able to go with recessed lighting and install wall washers around the perimeter.

Unfortunately, I've discovered there isn't adequate space above the ceilings for fire-rated fixtures, and the ceiling cannot be lowered enough due to the sprinkler system.

I need to make some lighting decisions fast, because I can't get the electrician to rewire until I know where the fixtures will be located...

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I'm leaning away from track lighting, because the ceiling is already kind of cluttered with the exposed beams and the sprinklers.

Am I crazy to be considering fluorescent tubes?

I was thinking of placing fluorescent strip lights on top of the cabinets (which will come to the bottom of the ceiling beams) to provide indirect lighting, and wall mounted fluorescent fixtures on the opposite wall at the level of the ceiling beam brackets.

How would you suggest lighting this space? Track, pendant, globe? What about the entrance?

Thanks! Ansel

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