Alternatives to recessed lighting in open floor plans?
The question is basic….
For those of you who have forgone recessed lighting in your home for air sealing and efficiency reasons, what did you use for alternative lighting?
My floor plan is very open (think 20′ x 40 box), has relatively low ceilings, 8’9″, and I want the area to remain flexible for future floor plan changes. There is no kitchen area, just a very small snack island that will feature a few pendants.
For all their issues, can lights are a nice option for providing even lighting across an open area without having fixtures dangling down from the ceiling.
I will use some perimeter cove lighting and a few lamps, but I don’t think these are of sufficient output to light this large area. In my mind, multi-bulb dome lights that are commonly used in baths and bedrooms would seem out of place. Fluorescent strip lighting would make the area look like an office.
Also, can anyone explain why an airtight IC rated recessed light is more difficult to achieve an airtight seal than a 3.5″ round recessed ceiling box?
Please post pictures and ideas. Thanks!
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