How many lights do I need for my basement?


If you’ve been to a home improvement store within the past 6 months, you’ve noticed household incandescent bulbs have given way to new, sometimes unfamiliar technologies. You may find a couple “full spectrum” incandescents or Halogen floodlights, but other than those, compact fluorescent and LED bulbs line the shelves. Long gone are the days of throwing your favorite brand of 60-watt light bulb in your cart and being on your way. No, you may not even be sure which funny-looking 60-watt equal light bulb you need.

Wondering how to calculate the lumens of your incandescent bulb? Check out From Watts to Lumens: Choosing Lights Based on Brightness.

Before buying a CFL or LED light bulb, get rid of any notions you have about incandescent equivalencies. How many times have you bought a 60-watt equal CFL or LED only to be disappointed by how dim it was (or blinded by how nauseatingly bright it was)? Because there is no agreed-upon standard among manufacturers for determining...

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It cost around 10-25k, depending on size and current condition of a basement. 10k would be on the lower side, and in most cases it would cost more. Although, this would includ

…e just the finish basement and basic electric stuff (outlets, lights etc) if you want plumbing work (like a bathroom) or ac/heating it would cost more. And if you buy and then do a finish basement, you have to pay for it, if you buy a house with finished basement then your downpayment will only increase slightly. Still, you should buy a house you like. Finish basement isn't hard to do, as long as you can pay to get it done. BUt the main thing is that to find a good quality experience basement renovation or construction contractor. That will help you much....
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42 watt average $10.00 each

65 watts, = $23.99 average price

85 Watt, average $29.00 each

105 watt average $38.99 each

Or Look for Clamp Reflectors and Bulbs together:

CFLs come in 15, 26, 42, 65, 85 and 105 watts.
The 26s and smaller are like big breasts on a nun, and not good for anything.

26s to 85s do not put out any noticable heat. The 105s put out some heat, but not as much as HID lights.
The 42's are about $9 each.
65 watts are abut $24 to $25 each, 85s are $30 each, 105s are $39 to $42 each, average is $40 each for 105s.
a CFL needs a reflector, like a hood. I like the $10 heavy duty clamp reflectors at Lowes, Home Depot or Walmart. They also offer a cheaper $8 reflector but it is smaller and flimsey.

With CFLs, you need the DUAL SPECTRUM, red and blue. That does not refer to the color of the bulb that you see. It refers to the kind of rays, UVA or UVB, or the color temp, called...

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Jonathan 'Natty' NatiukProduct Designer at Skyward

Last winter, I tossed my household’s collection of worn-out holiday lights and forgot about them — until last weekend when I went to hang them up for this season. I found myself facing that age-old question: how many strands of Christmas lights to buy.

It turns out that this is a great task for a drone.

Allowing humans to remain on the ground instead of ascending into dangerous situations is one of the great promises of drones in commercial applications. Precarious spots include wind turbines, scaffolding, and, one of the most dangerous spots for the average citizen, on top of a ladder. With two family members recently suffering serious injuries after falling from ladders, I welcome an opportunity to spend less time on the ol’ tipsy metal triangle.

To figure out how many strands of lights to buy, I needed to measure the part of my roofline that I wanted to light up. I could do this from the ground and...

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When dressing an indoor Christmas tree, it all comes down to the look you've dreamt of. Ranging from simple and twinkly to full and glowing - there are so many Christmas tree lights available, but only you will know exactly the result you want. Here at Lights4fun we've been lighting up trees since 2003 (and we've done a fair few over the years), so we've created our own simple calculation which recommends the minimum length of lights you’ll need based on the height of your Christmas tree, not just the bulb count.

Our golden rule is 15 metres of lights for a 6 foot tree. For every foot more of height, simply add 5 metres of lights. For a more dense appearance, use lights with more bulbs per metre & weave into branches.

For a 6ft tree - 15 metres of lights
For a 7ft tree - 20 metres of lights
For a 8ft tree - 25 metres of lights

On smaller trees we'd always recommend keeping the amount of cable low for a smarter appearance. Lights with discreet micro...

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It’s going down

Get your money out

Magic city, Body tap, onyx

We gon take it all the way out west

Spearmint Rhino

Scores out in Vegas

Can’t forget about tootsie diamonds in Miami

Let’s Go!

We gon make it storm in here tonight

I got a pole in my basement
So shawty u ain’t gotta go in
Shawty just come bring a friend
I got a pole in my basement
Lil mama I got ones on deck
Shawty got money to spend
Come over, over
I’m gon brake you off
Lil mama I know what you need
So mama come over over
I’m gon brake you off
Lil mama I know what you need

[Verse 1]
Bring all ya girls cuz I got my niggas wit me
Them niggas throwing singles, shawty be throwing fifties
Cuz I’m gon make it storm, make it strom, in here, in here
Big ballas no lames in here , in here
Drop it left, up...

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If you have an infestation of bugs in a basement, the best way to get rid of them is through the use of insecticides or bug sprays. Keeping the basement clean and free of debris and food particles may be a deterrent as well. Depending upon which bugs have invaded the area, there are certain sprays or even natural deterrents such as eucalyptus, cinnamon, or mint that can help keep insects out of your basement. Forming some type of barrier by caulking or other means may help as well.

A good idea is to first do a thorough assessment of your basement to learn which insects are inhabiting the area and how you can keep your basement clutter-free. In many cases, spiders, centipedes, and other creepy crawlies like to hide in dark corners and behind boxes, cartons, and other bulky items. Moisture and dampness may also attract certain basement bugs. Try running a dehumidifier in your basement to see if that can improve your situation.

It's a good idea not to store certain food...

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How many recessed lights do you need for your finished basement? That's what you're wondering. Right?

I thought about scouring the internet for that perfect illumination calculator that GE probably built. I'm sure it has some crazy complicated math that hinges on the light spectrum, what phase the moon is in and the color your eyes… but then I thought, "F" that.

I'm going to shoot a video of me, walking around my basement, showing you how many recessed lights I put in and where I put them and then I'm going to give you 5 awesome tips to help you finish your basement with recessed lighting.

Here's the video

The truth is that there is no universal basement lighting truth. Everybody has an opinion and to a degree they're all kind of right.

So please allow me to sprinkle some of my insights into your basement dreams and desires (in regards to lighting). These aren't the end all be all - these are just 5 rules of thumb to consider when designing your...

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Just build a wall. What could be simpler? There's is a lot more to building a wall than you might think. Today I want to try and clarify a wall building concept that took me a long time to figure out and was really quite frustrating. It boiled down to which style of wall building should you do:

Build your wall on the floor of your basement and then "lift it into place"
OrBuild your wall "in place", nail each board as you go (a.k.a. "stick-by-stick" )

Build a wall, then lift it into place

How do you build a wall? Not like this, if you're doing it yourself.

Let's talk about option "A" first, build a wall on the the floor and then lift it into place. Several of basement and construction books have photos of two people working together, building the wall on the floor of the room they are finishing and then lifting it into place.

From a visual standpoint this is the easier method to understand. This was the first method that I used. My "one small wall"...

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“ After moving to the Northwest 5 years ago, I fell victim to the dreaded "winter blahs". The lack of energy, motivation and concentration were unacceptable in my high stress medical job, so I got more sleep, I exercised and tried more vitamins. Nothing seemed to give me significant help, and that's when I started listening when friends would mention using a "light box". It was not hard to choose the one from Alaska Northern Lights; the large size, brightness, simple yet sturdy design, and the many testimonials told me this was the gold standard in light therapy. Now the age-old question of how to carve more time out of my day for 30 minutes of light therapy? With a bit of rearranging and streamlining my morning routine, plus setting my alarm clock 15 minutes earlier (the hardest part of all!), I was now ready to begin my own light therapy. I was going to use the time in the morning to read and meditate on Spiritual things, and if the light box helped me out at the same time, then...

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Early on, I decided that one thing I did NOT want to do myself was the electrical. In any DIY project, it's important to 'know what you don't know'. I know I don't know enough about electricity/electrical work to tackle a project of this magnitude myself. So, it was time to call in the experts!

Near the beginning of the project, I had a heating and cooling company come out to move some duct work. (See moving ductwork). At that time I had them provide an estimate for the electrical as well. Knowing that electricians can be expensive, I had estimated I'd spend around $2,000 - $2500. However, I would not have been surprised to spend more. Here's what I'll need:

(4) new circuits (three 15 amp, one 20 amp) (12) 6" recessed can lights (3) wall sconces (2) under cabinet lights (in dry bar) (41) total openings (includes switches, plugs, fixtures.


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Opinions vary on whether or not to wrap and even how to wrap. Normally, you shouldn't have to wrap because emerald cedar (thuja occidentalis 'smargd') is definitely hardy to your zone.

Having said that, however, there are a few reasons why you might want to wrap them, at least for the first couple of winters.

They are newly planted, and as such, likely don't have an extensive root system, a root system that runs beyond the original planting holes into the surrounding soil of your yard.

If they were sitting in a pot most of the summer, this might have stressed as well. You probably kept them well watered while in the pot, but I know places like walmart are known for letting their plants get bone dry.

Some people do 'baby' their cedars for the first winter or two, until they are more established. Wrapping need not be complicated. I had a small cedar and I just push two bamboo stakes into the ground on each side of them making an upside...

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I’m currently engaged in what can only be described as a battle with our basement. When we moved to our homestead last May, we established a mentality and practice of minimalism in our home. Mr. Frugalwoods and I eliminated just about every object that we don’t actively use on a daily basis. As we unpacked, we only removed things from boxes that we find ourselves in need of regularly. And I wish–fervently, in fact–that I could take my own advice and establish a practice of minimalism throughout my entire house (ahem, including the basement… ), but that has yet to come to fruition.

Having Only What We Need

Throw pillows in our Cambridge home

What didn’t we unpack? Here’s an example: throw pillows. Back in Cambridge, I had this elaborate array of throw pillows on our bed that I had to take off every night and reapply every morning after waking. What a waste of time! Mr. Frugalwoods and I made the unanimous decision when we moved that we’d no longer be slaves to...

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Thought I'd add my 2 cents:

1) Most people finish their basements without a permit to avoid the increase in their taxes.

2) A finished basement will almost always add value to a house, though you cannot expect a dollar for dollar return on your investment (depending on your area and how hot the real estate market is).

3) Therefore, it is safe to assume that people who finish their basements without pulling permits are contributing to higher tax assessments.

Here in Ontario, Canada, property assessments are based on the selling prices of similar homes.

Consider this simplistic example (not taking into account any overall increases in property values): Two identical houses stand side by side. The original assessment on each one is, say, $250,000. The owner of the first house finishes his basement without pulling any permits. He is able to sell his house for $265,000 (it's a nice basement...probably cost him $25,000). So when the assessments are...

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