Redoing basement next week!! Replacing ceiling , as far as recessed lighting , led or regular 6in. Which one is preferred ? Also insulating ceiling in floor joists. Good or bad? And finally I want to move the forced hot air registers. From ceiling to the walls? Any suggestions? Thinking of using flex hose til I can hire a duct guy in the spring?
LED are more expensive but will last for many years and use less energy than incandescent bulbs. The price keeps dropping, I saw a 6 pack of LED PAR lights at Lowes before Christmas for about $50.
How far down the walls are you looking to move your heat registers? If you can't get them to the bottom of the wall no real advantage of taking them out of the ceiling. Taking them down the walls will also necessitate removing any insulation in that stud bay.
Insulating your basement ceiling won't do much for noise if you use standard fiberglass. Since the basement is conditioned space it won't do much for energy savings either.
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Lighting - Either way. As Sparky points out there will be a fair price difference. If you have a lower ceiling I would lean towards the cooler LED's. IF you have a full 8' in height then let the budget dictate.
Insulation - Since you are heating and cooling the basement adding insulation is almost a waste of time and money. Noise abatement will be minimal as noise vibrations will travel through the floor joists. One exception would be if you are installing a drop ceiling in the basement. If so, then a layer of fiberglass directly on top of the ceiling panels will do a reasonable job at damping the noise level down.
H/A registers - Just keep them in the ceiling. Assuming that you have no more than 8' in ceiling height the forced air will make it to the floor. Your main problem with heating will be if the basement is controlled by a thermostat that is physically upstairs - this will keep your basement cooler in both summer and winter.
Because of this, you may find it more comfortable in the basement in winter if you have one or two floor mounted aux heaters - something like small ceramic heaters should work. This will solve both the overall coolness plus will direct some heat to the floor area for more comfort. Not an issue in summer as the basement should remain cooler than upstairs.
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