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# Recessed ceiling lights are they a scam?

 Mark R. O. Posted 5/19/10 11:16 AM Link to discussion MROrel Cleveland, OHPost #: 60 In my personal opinion recessed ceiling lights is something of a scam. First of all, it's a poor light. By that, I mean it produces a harsh shadow. Take a pad of paper, a pencil and begin to write under the light, notice where and how dense the shadow is. Now do the same test under a surface mounted light and notice how the light is more even and the shadow density is so much lighter. Second, the cost of one recessed light is on average \$150.00 installed. In order to get enough light in a room, you need at least one light for every 16 to 20 square feet. That is, in a room that measures 12x15, which is equal to 180 square feet, you will need at minimum nine lights. That's \$1,350.00. On top of this there is the cost of the switches, the average cost for a single way switch is about \$75.00 each. A two or three way switch will be more. Using the nine lights, as an example, you will have at minimum two one way switches, and more likely three or four - two or three way switches. This brings the minimum cost to \$1,500.00 for nine recessed ceiling lights. Now compare that to the cost of two surface mounted lights. Even if you figure \$150.00 each for the fixtures themselves and \$150.00 each to install, that's \$600.00. Now add the switches, and remember all we have are two lights, so another \$150.00 (two switches at \$75.00 each). The final cost is \$750.00. And the light is so much nicer and you now have an attractive detail to your ceiling. I nearly forgot, you would also be using less energy. M. Orel

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