I just bought a house for myself and want to know if anyone has any
thoughts or experience using halogen wall sconces. Other threads in
alt.home.repair are making me think I may have heating issues. Can 3
100 watt halogen scones light up a 15'x15' room enough to read or play
monopoly? The house is not very big and I thought it would be neat if I
could get away with no lamps and little or no ceiling lights. Any and
all feedback is appreciated as I have almost no knowledge on the
wall sconces in the living room and all 4 bedrooms of my house when I
remodeled it. They can get pretty bright, so they are all on dimmer
switches. They can certainly light up a 15 X 15 room for any purpose.
I have no heat problems at all, but I also have good air circulation.
I generally keep my windows open at least a crack, and the furnace fan
is always on even when the heat/AC is off.
I have 7'6" ceilings, so I placed them all 18" from ceiling to top of
fixture, and 16" from edge of wall to outside edge of fixture.
I'm very happy with the arrangement.
15 times 15 equals 225 divided by 300 equals .25 watts per foot. Watts are
not lumens but when I do load calculations for warehouses I use 3-5 watts
per foot for the lighting.
Halogens are hot when running so your going to be getting 300 watts of heat
into the room. If you not air conditioning then no worries. Halogens do not
last very long in relation to CF's
Would not be real neat, IMO. The quality of light is a factor, not just
brightness. Halogen sconces would tend to be harsh and can be hard on the
eyes for reading or watching TV. Do a little experimenting in your present
house. Turn of the TV, sit in your favorite char, and turn on every light
you have in the house. Bring in a couple of more lamps. Take off the
shades to get even more light. Now, turn them out and try different
combinations. Some work far better than others. Try this again, but
reading a book or newspaper. You will probably find that a table lamp over
your shoulder gives a much better light for this type of activity.
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