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I am remodeling my basement after some issues with a broken pipe. I have very old fluorescent light fixtures, some of which are barely working now and I am looking to upgrade them all to some new ones since they are incredibly old to begin with. My question is what type of fixtures/ballasts would be best for my application and price?

I am going to be using the area as a office room/work shop and the work space will be used on a daily basis so I would like something that has a good bright and clean light output and that will make very little to no noise. I'm guessing its a choice between a T8 and T5 but like I said I'm not very educated in the matter. The old ones are simply hanging from chains and are placed slightly recessed above insulated ceiling panels to give you an idea of my current set up.

I'm also preferably looking for something that wont be too expensive, preferably less than $100 per fixture, and will have a good energy rating. Any insight you might have would be greatly appreciated and thank you for your time.

-Mike

Answer
There are many light fixture in which to choose from for your basement. Some questions still need to be answered such as how high in the ceiling from the floor and what type of light do you want produced from the lights. Also you described insulated panels on the ceiling. Are they supported by a metal track and are the panels 2' x 2' or 2' x 4'?

The higher the ceiling the more options you have. if you have the head room I like to use cloud light fixtures that hang below the ceiling which allows the light to shine laterally not just all down lighting. Try looking up the company called Progress, look up fixture # P7279-60B, see what you think of it.  

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How do I select a professional remodeling contractor? What needs to be in a home improvement contract to protect the home owner? General design and estimating questions. Product selection, analyzation of bad workmanship, and expectations of a remodeling process.

Experience

Cipriani Builders, Inc., now Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, is a professional, design-build remodeling firm, founded in 1978. I got into the remodeling business largely because of his father who was also a contractor. Cipriani Builders has serviced over 3,000 homes throughout the South Jersey area. They include kitchens, bathrooms, additions, windows, siding, roofing and much more.

Organizations
National Association of Home Builders Remodelors Council (NAHB) American Institute of Architects West Jersey (AIA) Better Business Bureau (BBB) Builders League of South Jersey (BLSJ) National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) New Jersey Remodelers Association VP (NJRA) Tri-County Code Association Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Remodelers Advantage IFDA, VP 2008 ASID

Publications
I was the former Host, Writer and Producer of "House and Home" show on a local South Jersey Comcast cable station. I was featured in 1998 and 1999 on The Discovery Channel's "Gimme Shelter 2". I was featured on The Discovery Channel's "Home Matters" with Susan Powell. I have written articles for the monthly trade magazine, Builder/Architect. My expertise in historical renovation received recognition through a project featured on the cover of New Jersey Contractor Magazine. I was featured in 2007 and 2008 in a CBS Channel 10 News story on the home remodeling industry as a Home Remodeling expert.

Education/Credentials
New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry National Association of the Remodeling Industry Certified Remodeler Program

Awards and Honors
• 30 years of building and remodeling • Cipriani Builders has been featured in the Courier Post, Gloucester County Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. • Professional Remodeler magazine ran a feature article on Cipriani Builders. • Cipriani Builders were featured in Design / Build Business. This magazine is used a resource among residential design / build professionals and their customers. • Qualified Remodeler magazine listed Cipriani Builders, Inc. as one of the Top 500 Companies Nationally. We continue to move up each year. • Remodeling Magazine added Cipriani Builders to their Big 50 “Hall of Fame”. • Cipriani Builders received the National Contractor of the Year Award for company image from NARI. • Cipriani Builders was awarded the Valuestar Customer-Rated Gold Seal for consistently delivering high customer satisfaction and for passing the qualification steps of insurance, legal, financial status, and state license requirements.

Past/Present Clients
Over 3000 clients in the South Jersey area.

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