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Wyoming_guy
Attic sloped ceiling lighting ideas
Wyoming_guy

Re-doing our upstairs attic to make a bedroom for our boys, rewiring, adding baseboard heat, insulation, drywall, carpet etc. However the lighting is interesting. The knee walls are only about 45 inches high, then the ceiling slopes from there. My question is what kind of lights to use? Sconces on the wall? Strip lights? Cove lighting? The area is 11 feet wide and approx. 35 feet long with a window at one end. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

If you've got at least 7' to the ceiling, then I'd recommend lighting along the ridge line. If you've got room in your framing for a recessed can, this would be the way to go, and I'd highly recommend dimmable LED fixtures. You could also locate the cans on the slanted portion, near the ridge, if space allows, then install a gimbal lens on it to point the light more towards the floor than the other side of the ceiling.

If you can add a window at the opposite end, this would provide pretty decent cross ventilation, especially if a fan was place in one window. I prefer to blow fans out the window, create a negative air space inside the room, which will draw air in through the other window more efficiently than trying to use a fan to pressurize the room (draw air in ).

Wyoming_guy
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Wyoming_guy

I had hoped to go with recessed...but I don't have the space. And there is a window on the other end of the house in a storage room across from what is going to be their bedroom. The stairs come up between the storage room and their room. So I have pretty good cross ventilation. And its Wyoming so we have free ventilation in the form of gale force winds 9 months out of the year. I was thinking about sconses on the walls, but with the height of them and the angle of the ceiling right above it I think it would just illuminate a spot on the sloped ceiling, but not really the room. This whole old house is a true test of patience, nothing is square or 16" or 24" on center...wiring is a total mess and I am redoing the whole house. I have a feeling this site is going to be great for me for inspiration and ideas. Thanks for responding..

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Surface mounted lighting is going to be a problem because there is very little head room in the space.

What is the distance from the floor to the ridge finished ceiling surface? What is the roof framing depth?

dj1
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dj1

No space for recess lighting? you can always use night stand lighting or desk top lighting.

hollasboy
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hollasboy

Don't have space for recessed? Do you mean that the roof rafters are too shallow? You can buy shallow recessed housings for situations like these. You will not find a more non-obtrusive light for this situation than recessed, placed along opposing sloped ceilings to eliminate shadows.

A word of caution for any type of sconce or glass fixture in a room for boys, especially one with low ceilings - it will be quickly destroyed in a pillow fight.

dj1
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dj1

Qoute: "A word of caution for any type of sconce or glass fixture in a room for boys, especially one with low ceilings - it will be quickly destroyed in a pillow fight."

...And if you had girls...same result.

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You might try the RGB LED strip lighting that has the sticky tape on the back.

Just plug the power supply into 120V and feed the 12V strips.

They're controlled by a handheld controller where the kids could select white or any other color, the kids will love them:D

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Strip lighting along the ridge will work well. You might also 'box in' a few flat spots on the ridge for shallow surface-mount lights if you have the headroom. Wall lighting on the ends might be viable but there won't be enough light in the middle from these alone. With a room design like this, what you do not want to do is to mount anything which will reduce the usable width as it's enough of a 'tunnel' already.

Sounds like you're doing well with your old house so keep at it!

Phil

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