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Old 02-01-2017, 03:34 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I just got my yurt up, and am figuring out lighting. I'm thinking of putting lights at the level of right before the ceiling begins to slope, that point up - but wanted to hear from others as to if they have found uplighting to be the right way to go and if this sounds like a good idea.
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: uplighting or downlighting?

That will be fine. It really depends on what you are going for. I have seen people put lights on the floor, shining upwards. At my yurt, I have a string of LEDs going right around the center ring.
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: uplighting or downlighting?

We used to hang a modified uplight in the centre, just above eye-height, in which we made a small down-light straight onto the centre-table. Simple, quick.
And then clamping-reading lights along the walls where needed.
I am still dreaming of a crown with LEDs built into it, between each rafter, shining exactly downward at the roof-angle. With color-control and blinkyblink.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:28 AM   #4
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Default Re: uplighting or downlighting?

I think it is really a question of what you like.

Light bounced off the white ceiling will give you a broader, smoother light, but you will lose a lot of the "power" of your light this way, so you will need more light than if you use a direct downlight.

I'm not sure I remember the formula correctly, but light disburses at something like intensity = one over the distance squared. It counts the distance from the source, so it includes the distance to the cover, plus the distance back to your table top for example.

If your light offers 1000 lumens at the source, 3 meters away is it significantly lessened. (1/9).

But I still like the quality of light from a bounced light.

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Old 02-02-2017, 11:33 AM   #5
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Default Re: uplighting or downlighting?

I like to have one or two lights shining up onto the ceiling, which provides ambiance and highlights the beautiful roof structure yurts offer, and dimmable lights mounted high that shine downward. If they are on seperate switches this approach makes it easy to set low "mood lighting" or quickly brighten things up for activities or reading.
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:32 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the feedback, it's definitely appreciated. Sounds like I should aim for a mixture of both. Jafo, I saw your led ring in another thread and it's really pretty - can you read in there though?
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I can read, my wife and my brother inlaw cannot, so I think it depends on your eyes. I have been thinking about getting some dropdown fixtures, if I can find some decent 12 or 24 volt LED ones.
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Coleman white gas two mantle lantern. lol
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