I will need to remove a load bearing wall and use a structural beam to provide support. My plan calls for a coffered ceiling using faux beams. It just so happens that the location of the structural beam is the same location as one of the faux beam for the coffered ceiling.
The ceiling lights are supposed to be located inside the faux beams. There will also be rope lights in the ceiling plan as well.
I can physically put the beam at the same level as the joists so that the structural beam is above the ceiling drywall but that would take an increased expense and effort. I'd have to cut through the joists and wire the joists on either side to the beam. It is easier to locate the beam below the joists.
Question : How can I get ceiling lights on a coffered ceiling plan if I use the structural beam ?
The reason I'm focused on getting lights on the beam is that I'd like to have enough lighting in the room to read, clean up, etc. Since that is the end goal, maybe I'm asking the wrong question.
Question behind the question : How can I get a lighting plan that allows me to read/clean up/etc if I decide to use a structural beam below the joists ?
The lighting plan consists of wall sconces, rope lights in the coffered ceiling and 6 lights in the coffered ceiling beams.