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Old 01-15-2009 - Design help and insight - Indoor Lighting Systems - Voltage Talk forum
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My wife and I are adding a large master bath suite to our home. I have chosen a fixture with a low voltage transformer built in because of the regressed design and ability to accept the Mr16 lamps I keep plenty of in stock.

Does anyone have a guideline for the footcandles or other design specs for certain areas of a bathroom ? This is my first bathroom project. I will be seperating zones and it will all be UPB controlled with different scenes and areas for task lights.

I got my task lights down pretty well but need help with a general layout to provide an even light. The ceilings will be 9 ft.. The textures will be rustic stone and 100 year old barn wood so I do not expect much reflection.

I have always used a 6 inch light in the past but going with a lightolier 3.375 this time because i do not want glare. I have already picked 2 accent scones to go on a stone wall.

I will be doing minor cove lighting on top of a large carved timber shelf and inside the custom in wall ipod dock I am building for my wife.
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Old 01-17-2009 - Design help and insight - Indoor Lighting Systems - Voltage Talk forum
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Billy, it sounds like an awesome room! Would love to see a photo or sketches.
Sounds like you are 100% on the right track.

All I would question is : "...but need help with a general layout to provide an even light." I would suggest you not worry about providing and even ambient light level in here. By the sounds of it, the textures, colours and dynamic use of the space lean towards the dramatic. Compliment that character by installing an equally dramatic lighting system. Use highlights and shadows to your advantage, using the light to help in defining the use of space while at the same time increasing the perception of depth.

Send me a sketch and I will send you back some suggestions. Plan view and elevations would be best.
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Old 04-05-2010 - Design help and insight - Indoor Lighting Systems - Voltage Talk forum
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Do you use a fc / sq.ft measurement in determining the amount of light for a given room? Do you have minimums for areas such as a kitchen...x number of fc/ft2 task lighting, so many fc/ft2 for general lighting.....?

I am trying to develop a mathematical starting point and then get into the drama.
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Hi Steve. I have done perhaps 25 complete custom interior lighting system installations and designed about 20 others on top of that. I do not use mathematical measurements, design software, or any other 'automated' means to come up with my interior systems. In fact, I will go so far as to say that when I have observed interior systems done by others using these methods, the results have been less than appealing in my opinion. The calculations and math always seems to stagnate the creative appeal. I prefer to paint with light. It is hard to describe. perhaps an innate ability to sense the right amount of light from the right number and types of sources using the right fixtures and technology to achieve the desired effects.

Remember that you can always dim interior lighting to suit the task/need/view, so over lighting, within reason, is acceptable.

In regards to your PM... why not give me a call some evening and I will be happy to discuss.

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I agree to over light with regard to using dimmers to achieve the optimal affect. But I would think there would be some sort of "minimum allowance" required by certain authorities or "the powers to be" a code compliance maybe. Not that I am wanting to 'color by number' so to speak but rather to insure the minimums are met and build out from there.

When you say to layer, are to talking about ambient light over general light over task light to create depth to a given room? Using UPB or other automation to create multiple looks to the same space?

As for calling, I'm not sure my wireless communication device has enough gitty-up to get that far north,.....but I will try it.
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I am sure there are some pre calculated numbers available that tell you how many footcandles are required in a prep kitchen, hallway, powder room, etc... but just who are "they" who have come up with these numbers? I tailor my systems to the needs and wants of the client combined with the attributes of the architecture and the decor.

I generally do not get involved in lighting control systems and leave that end to the specialists. Lighting controls / smart home technology is a whole other industry and I am busy enough as it is. The final scenes are generated on a site visit with the control tech in attendance to do the programming. I would not recommend UPB as a 1st choice in lighting control on a new installation or major renovation. There are other more effective and efficient control technologies out there.

You can call me any time, in the evening between 7pm and 9pm EST would be best. number is on my website.

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Thanks for sharing this great information for design help, it was really informative.
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