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The plan in the great room has a ceiling fan with a light fixture.  I'm not sure if this will be enough.  The great room is a prow with all the windows, ceiling peaks at about 35 ft.  There will be one very large truss (I'm told it's massive and gorgeous).  We plan on having a couple lamps next to the sofa.  The logs absorb light so I don't want to regret not having enough light.  Almost as bad as not having enough lighting is paying to install lighting we won't use.   The electrician already commented that we had a lot on our plan and I keep adding!  Budget is a concern.  Anyone have any recommendations, regrets, etc? 

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We like plenty of light and lighting.

I would rather have too much then not enough (just right would be best).

My wife hates dim or not enough lighting.

Floor and table lamps are always good, but not the same as overhead lighting.

In our little barn addition, where our living area is, it goes about 25' or so to the peak.  This area is about 24' x 14', we have two ceiling fans with 4 lights each lights (not enough by itself IMO), and also 4 barn style lights on 4' down rods.  We also have a bifold window wall which is about 9 1/2' tall and 13' long on one wall, and the other two large double hung windows,  which lets in a lot of light.

Under the loft floor is where our kitchen will be, when I get it built.  We have a lot of lighting in this area.

Noah Bradley did a short take on uplighting with timbers;


Here is a look going up and you can see the two ceiling fans with lights.  In addition to these we have for barn down lights.  To us, there is not nearly enough light coming from the ceiling fans at that elevation.


What beautiful trusses you have!  The electrician and I were talking today and felt that recessed lighting that high up might not give us the light down below in the living area.  We'll revisit and consider attaching lighting to the one large truss that will shine both up to the ceiling and down to the living area, as well as the central fan light.  Will continue to research and open to more suggestions.  Thanks!

Thanks, we built them ourselves, I hewed them and made the hardware etc..  We had some rough sawn fuzzy beams in the last place and my wife said never again (they collect too much dust, and are hard to clean).  So everything was ground and sanded this time, and I coated with a ragged mix of a concotion I made after staining them.

On the lights.  

I totally agree that the recessed lighting, at that height of your room,  would give you more mood lighting.

If you want lighting to clean by and flood the room, you will need some sort of down lights, or track lighting on the trusses.

My Barn style lights have about 20" reflective white shades, with a single bulb.  They probably hang about 15' off the floor.

I've seen thermographic inspection pictures that show recessed or can lights as a huge spot for energy/heat loss. I have them in my home, but plan to build little sheet rock or wood boxes to cover them in the attic after seeing the pictures. On second thought Home Depot seems to have some covers and a good installation video on their website...

That's good to know about the heat loss.  I think I'm going to attach lighting to the truss, something that can direct both up and down.

Those are good points about the recessed lighting.

All my lighting in the barn is in conduit I made from wood, or steel that I painted an oil rubbed bronze, to match my truss hardware.  Its all exposed.  It can be time consuming to do it this way, but nothing is in the insulation space.   I have a built up roof (9" of foam), so I wanted it to be as sealed up as I could get it.    I notice on my cabin section which has regular fiberglass in between rafters, and vented, that I get heat loss where ceiling fixture are and hatches (to access small attic), and the bathroom exhaust vents.  Nothing on the built up roof.

Good info. Kevin :)


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