Anyone have experience with either halogen track lighting or dimmable fluorescents for their layout room? I need some help.
I'm suffering analysis paralysis with this decision. I have an approximately 14 x 20 foot room with a drop ceiling around 88" and expect to build a layout around 50-55". The room is in the basement and runs 65-75F without heating or cooling. I found a pretty deal on track fixtures with 35W PAR20 wide flood bulbs at a spacing of 24". This would require around 30 lamps and total about $450. A lot of money to have good color rendering and day to night effects.
I'm not sure if this is too much or not enough coverage or if 1000W of halogens will turn the room into a sauna even with AC.
Dimmable fluorescents would solve the heat and spacing issues, but maybe not be any cheaper. The little that I've found online indicates the ballasts are pretty pricey - at least $40 apiece. Any more info on these?
I'd really like to be able go day to night. Is it worth it? Suggestions? Alternatives?