I am having a timber framed building constructed at the bottom of my
garden, which is to be used as a studio for my freelance graphic
design work. As the cabin will be quite large ( 12m x 4m ), I may also
give some of the area over, to be used as a workshop. The roof will be
peaked, with a gable at each end and from the inside, the roof space
will be left open/ vaulted, so that the slopes and joists will be
seen. The studs and the roof panels will be insulated and dry-lined on
the interior and probably painted white. It's worth noting that I
would be using computers in the space and therefore need to try and
alleviate glare as much as possible.
My question is: I would be interested in any advice, tips and
suggestions as to what type of lighting I could install into the
space. I will be doing the electrics myself for both the lighting and
the wall sockets and would also be keen to learn about what type of
Consumer Unit I can install, seeing as the power which comes from the
house to the cabin is from a spur... this electrical supply already
exists to my other "sheds" and I would be looking to take that from
those, and into the new unit.
Any info greatly appreciated.
Fluorescent lighting with Daylight Tubes is good in situations where colour
definition is needed. The fitting can be covered with clear diffusers for
The power supply is better reinforced if you're thinking of running
computers and imagining equipment in the new studio. This is better done by
someone who knows what they are doing and how to calculate what loads will
be running at the end of the supply. The last thing you want is for the
power to trip off when you're in middle of a clients sampling and you lose
the lot and have to start again.
But if you think you are up to the job, then a look through these pages:
might help you along with it.
Thanks for this. I'll take a look at the above link.
I was planning on doing the circuit work myself, for the lodge/studio,
but not sure if I can work out about getting a suitable supply fed up
there, from the house, so yes... I may need to consult a professional
on that score.
With the actual lighting in the studio... I thought about
fluorescents, and about secreting them within the tops of the walls,
so that the light is projected upwards along the internal slopes of
the roof... as well as practical lighting, I also want it to be quite
sophisticated and to be able to set mood lighting to the space... i.e.
not always constant glare, if you get my drift.
Then take a wonder around the shops to get an idea of what's out there. The
old BHS (british home stores) used to have the best lighting department I've
ever seen, so it might be worth while having a look in the big department
stores as well.
Good luck with it.
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