So here I have some basic plans for what we will be doing. I plan to initially have a flat panel on the south wall, with L-shaped seating that will face south, and east. I will be wiring for 5.1 surround in that arrangement, but will also add LCR on the east wall for future expansion to FP. I figure I can then just change around hookups inside the equipment closet and move speakers to then have the 5.1 oriented for the projector in the future.
Currently the room only has three ceiling lights, so it was pretty dark with those wood paneled walls. I plan on ultimately having seven, one at the bottom of the stairs that can be switched at the top and bottom of the stairway, and then 6 additional in the room itself. It seems like it would make sense to have three zones, the two above the potential screen wall, the two other northernmost lights, and the two other southernmost lights. Also not included is a semi-dedicated 20A circuit in the EQ enclosure. I say semi because it will have the outlet for the flat panel, and one outlet in the living room that will have a vintage receiver setup plugged into it. The thinking is that I will not be using the living room stereo at the same time as the toys downstairs, so I shouldn't run into problems.
Keep in mind I plan on installing Ceilingmax or equivalent, since I expect to still be doing plenty of work on the electrical and plumbing in the ceiling while working on other parts of the house after this room is finished. Here are my questions:
1. Lighting recommendations - I don't know a thing about what sort of recessed lighting I should be looking for. 4", 6", approved for insulation, not approved, etc. Any guidance from the folks who have already done this part of the install?
2. Low voltage - I will be running an HDMI from the equipment location to the television, and probably another to the concrete block to facilitate hooking up a computer. I will also be doing some pre-emptive wiring for a PJ. So while running this stuff, should I run it in conduit, smurf tube, bare wires...
3. Same as #2 but for speaker wire...conduit, tubing, bare wire?
That's all I can think of right at the moment.