I sort of highjacked this post to put some pictures of the basement in. Below is some comments on my lighting plan.
Pictures of the space I'll use for the theater. The black plastic covers our cold storage (to reduce dust getting on our food storage). I embedded a little graphic showing where in the floor plan the pic was taken from.
Looking toward Northwest:
Looking to the Southwest:
Looking to the SouthEast:
Looking to the NorthEast:
Here's where the equipment closet will go:
The screen wall (sort of unexotic at this point:
These are the panels that must be in my theater space...
Here's the lighting plan I have...
I am planning what I consider a fairly elaborate lighting scheme, and trying to make it something I can add automation too in the future as budget allows.
I want to have minimally grouped banks of lights that I could later choose to group differently onto dimmer switches or control with a computerized system. For example, I have six can lights. Some people I have talked to think I should dim the front four together and back two separately. Some think I should dim the front two together and back four separately. Some say I should dim them all together. In the end, it will depend on how it reflects off the screen and my personal preferences, how I decide to trim the cans, etc.
So I decided I'd run each group of two cans to a junction box, run the switches to a junction box, and then wire the switches to the lights in the junction box - then I could later change the grouping if I decided it should work differently. And I can change which switch controls which lights easily after the fact. This would also allow me later to possibly control the lights with an automated system.
There are some track lights and rope lights, as well as a couple receptacles that would all come back to the junction box where they'd be connected to the switches/dimmers.
The track will be two circuit track and I was planning to put narrow beam halogens in them for reading or eating, etc. with minimal screen glare. My wife loves to read while I watch shows (and sometimes vice versa) so 4 circuits of dimmable halogen on track seemed like a cool idea - better than lamps.
I am bringing in power from two circuits to balance the lighting. I plan to put some of the lights on one circuit and some on the other. The second circuit will run the cans in the back of the room (play area) also - they aren't run into my junction box.
The attached files show my exact plan for each circuit. Note they both share the junction box in the upper right corner of the pictures, they also share the switch banks. This allows me to decide which switches control which lights, as well as decide which lights will be powered on which circuit to balance them properly. Note that the track lights are each 2 circuit track, that's why I'm running 14/3 to each.
I've also attached a diagram from the perspective of the junction box.
I also attached an example circuit on how I plan to use the 14/3 wire.
This is very "electrical centric" at this point, but ideas on lighting or anything are much appreciated!5/5/2012 - These lighting plans are old so I unembedded them. Files still attached for posterity...