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Historic Architecture Meetup Message Board › Recessed ceiling lights are they a scam?

Recessed ceiling lights are they a scam?

Mark R. O.
Cleveland, OH
Post #: 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

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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