Basement ceiling drywall and lighting

Basement ceiling drywall and lighting

Basement ceiling drywall and lighting?

12-15-2010, 06:50 PM

garyford

Basement ceiling drywall and lighting?

I’m planning to finish a basement shop and need some advice about the ceiling.

The room is 19′ x 31′. The floor joists above are 19′-long wooden I-beams on 12 centers. Tubing for radiant floor heating of the upstairs rooms is tacked to the subfloor, and fiberglass bats are tucked between joists below the tubing. I have hung three inexpensive shop lights (dual 48 fluorescents) in every fifth space between joists, for a total of five sets of three. Each light is plugged into an outlet in an electrical box attached to a joist, and each set of three lights is controlled by its own wall switch.

I want to put up a drywall ceiling and I’m wondering if there are any concerns regarding the weight, the light fixtures, or radiant heat tubing. I’m considering three approaches:

1. Install the drywall, cut a rectangular hole under each shop light, and then attach a piece of translucent plastic diffuser (with a simple wood frame) under each light.

2. Replace the shop lights with fluorescent fixtures designed for in-ceiling installation, install the drywall, cut the holes, and attach diffusers.

3. Remove the shop lights, install 15 electrical boxes in their place, install the drywall, and install new surface-mounted fluorescent fixtures.

The first approach is cheapest. Are there heat dissipation or other concerns why one of the other, more costly, approaches is better?

Will the wooden I-beam joists support the weight of half-inch drywall?

Thanks.

12-15-2010, 07:45 PM

paul52446m

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Originally Posted by garyford

I’m planning to finish a basement shop and need some advice about the ceiling.

The room is 19′ x 31′. The floor joists above are 19′-long wooden I-beams on 12 centers. Tubing for radiant floor heating of the upstairs rooms is tacked to the subfloor, and fiberglass bats are tucked between joists below the tubing. I have hung three inexpensive shop lights (dual 48 fluorescents) in every fifth space between joists, for a total of five sets of three. Each light is plugged into an outlet in an electrical box attached to a joist, and each set of three lights is controlled by its own wall switch.

Basement ceiling drywall and lighting

I want to put up a drywall ceiling and I’m wondering if there are any concerns regarding the weight, the light fixtures, or radiant heat tubing. I’m considering three approaches:

1. Install the drywall, cut a rectangular hole under each shop light, and then attach a piece of translucent plastic diffuser (with a simple wood frame) under each light.

2. Replace the shop lights with fluorescent fixtures designed for in-ceiling installation, install the drywall, cut the holes, and attach diffusers.

3. Remove the shop lights, install 15 electrical boxes in their place, install the drywall, and install new surface-mounted fluorescent fixtures.

The first approach is cheapest. Are there heat dissipation or other concerns why one of the other, more costly, approaches is better?

Will the wooden I-beam joists support the weight of half-inch drywall?

Thanks.

why drywall? I used a drop ceiling in my basement, with lighting above the ceiling with frosted panels to let the lite through. This way

i can get to all my wiring and plumbing to make repairs as needed. Paul

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