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Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Crackhead, Dec 9, 2003.

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  1. Crackhead

    Crackhead Guest

    Hi. I live in a basement apartment with few windows in a city with
    very little sunshine (Vancouver, BC). I'm wondering what the most
    cost efficient lights I could get without that arent harsh on the eyes
    (like flourescents). Any suggestions?? TIA...
  2. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Guest

    Very good fluorescents. Like F32T8 lamps with a color rendering index of
    80 or better (such as GE SPX30's or Philips "ALTO 830", with a good high
    frequency ballast so it won't flicker at all, and either won't hum at all
    or the hum will be very quiet. The lamps are about $3 each (USD) at Home
    Depot and last about 20000 hours, and the fixtures are not all that
    expensive but don't let them sell you a $10 fixture with an "electronic"
    ballast. I bought a commercial 2-lamp fixture with a wrap-around shade at
    an electrical supplier for about $30 and have been very happy with it in my

    Best regards,
  3. TKM

    TKM Guest

    In addition to using good-color fluorescent lamps as mentioned above, apply
    the lamps properly. "Harsh" lighting, which I assume means glaring and
    uncomfortable lighting, is usually the result of seeing the surface of the
    fluorescent tube which is much too bright to look at directly. Hide the
    lamps behind shields or baffles -- white construction board or furniture
    works. Go for indirect lighting bouncing off light-colored walls or
    ceilings. If your rooms are the usual 10 x 12 feet or larger, you'll need
    the light from 3-4 lamps to produce a daylighted look. As a bonus, indirect
    lighting makes a room look more spacious.

    Terry McGowan
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