I have a dual 8 foot fluorescent light fixture in my basement (F96T12/C50,
single posts, 75W x 2). I
want to install some ceiling tiles, incl. T-supports, hangers, etc. So I
pick the height and location. Currently the lights/fixture is the lowest
height level in the room. It is attached directly (perpendicular) to the
floor joists (2x10s), screwed directly up against them. Its positioning is
correct and it is not practical to gain more height than the bottom of these
The fixture is a sealed sheet metal rectangle. It is wired downward from an
octagon box above, which is screwed to one joist. I am not interested in
this part. There is no reflector shield on the top/side of it. The 2 bulbs
are just exposed. I am planning on putting a cover/shield/ flat piece of
plastic into the ceiling tile grid. I am wondering about the proper way to
do this. I am not sure whether to make a wooden surround frame (shroud), and
put my cover in
it, and ceiling tile grid built around it, or if I can make the plastic
of the ceiling tile grid T-support structure. But is it possible to build a
T-bar grid for the cover into the main grid structure (same level)? The
matter is what is safe/ to
code w/r/t materials/gaps/methods. I guess there is not much heat.
The entire room is 68" wide and the 5" wide fixture is 38" and 30" to the
sides. (small direction of room).
The entire room is 164" long and the 96" long fixture is 82" and 84" to the
ends. (large direction of room).
The room is a rectangle, except there is a J-shaped duct to build completely
around in one quadrant. I'll use the 2x4 foot ceiling tiles; the
rectangleness of the ceiling tile is installed perpendicular to the
rectangleness of the room (right?).
Anything helps, Thanks
Sorry, I got no help i n a.b.c; hey, theres wood involved