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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Omar, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Omar

    Omar ✪✪ Miserable Old Curmudgeon ✪✪ Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have lighting problem in living and dining rooms. I have only two wall-lights which are insufficient for the space. I have other sources of illumination but still aren't enough. I need ceiling lights, however, it hasn't been prepared for ceiling lights.

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    Options:

    1- Fake ceiling: No.
    2- Create canals in the ceiling to run cables/wires: No.
    3- Plastic tubes: No.

    I'm looking for a clean option, even if the cables are visible, but in a modern way. Something light the below.

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    Has anyone done something similar? Any ideas you can provide me with?

    Help me please :D
     
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    My sister in law had a similar problem

    we went out and bought a few cool old bird cages and turned them into light fixtures.

    they cast a really cool shadow, and they look great. they are hung just like the example you have shown

    next time I am over there doing something I will snag a photo
     
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  3. Omar

    Omar ✪✪ Miserable Old Curmudgeon ✪✪ Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thank you, sounds like a good idea. I need at least 3 ceiling lights to lit the whole space. I don't want to do major modification because it's not my own house.
     
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    Great lighting is so important to creating an inviting and attractive space. I really like the idea of a chandelier.

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    But you can also toss in a couple table lamps to really bring the look and mood together too!

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    Look at me being all helpful. :)
     
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  5. Omar

    Omar ✪✪ Miserable Old Curmudgeon ✪✪ Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like chandeliers too, but the ceiling isn't too high, maybe 2.5 meters or a bit higher. I have table lamps only in corners, still not sufficient. :(
     
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    If you can't avoid wires being visible, make them part of the design. Go Big or Go Home (where you'd have inadequate lighting, LOL)

    I'm thinking kind of a steam punk look with a taught wire running across the room going over a suspended ceramic insulator (I like the cobalt colored ones) on each end (but the wire would be coated, not bare). Hang about three or four old-fashioned bulbs straight down from the suspended wire. I know what I mean in my mind, but can't find a picture of it right now.
     
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    This may not be exactly what you’re looking for but check out a product called Wiremold. It’s what electricians use in situations like this.
    https://www.legrand.us/markets-solutions/residential.aspx
     
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    Depends on how much light you need, if you can get away with indirect lighting you could use some powerful floor mounted LED lamps reflecting off the ceiling (assuming it's not a dark ceiling) would give a much more diffused light enough to dine with but not enough to set up your strat, and of course seperate lamps can go with you should you move.
     
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  12. Omar

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    I got you mean, it's actually what I'm planning to do. There isn't another clean way to do it.

    Thank you my friend :) I couldn't find ideas for the ceiling. The floor canal is good. I'd need one next to the sofas.

    Old fashioned but never obsolete :D They're priceless when needed lol

    The paint is white, so it will reflect light perfectly.
     
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  13. Omar

    Omar ✪✪ Miserable Old Curmudgeon ✪✪ Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Diesel powered? :D
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'd go for uplighters if I couldn't install decent light fittings properly in the ceiling.
     
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    Omar ✪✪ Miserable Old Curmudgeon ✪✪ Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That would be a good option too. As @ukoldgit suggested, let the walls and ceiling reflect the light.
     
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    There are "ceiling" lights that are designed for "remodeling" . .. meaning they can be installed without crawling into an attic space.

    They're called "remodel light cans". I understand that there are methods for wiring them without crawling into an attic as well...an electrician can help with that.
     
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    I was assuming two story house. If no floor above, the options are endless. I didn’t even consider to ask !!
     
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    I have a similar issue so I'm watching the thread. I have an office/library room just inside the front door to the right that has a large window so there's plenty of light in the daytime, but no installed lighting. The ceiling is similar to this but no skylight. I guess a hanging light fixture would be the cheapest since there's no shortage of plugs in the room.

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