This week so far has been about putting up the ceiling and installing and connecting the lighting.
You need to remember here that as I said way back, "I don't do wood". I previously used laminate flooring to do the roof and walls of my narrowboat. Armed with the success of this I decided early on that I would again use laminate flooring for the ceiling. In my previous NB I used it crosswise.
But the design I want to use on the widebeam is like this.
With the use of a very realistic textured oak effect laminate this is how its turned out.
It looks very real
Of course flooring laminate isn't designed to be fixed to a ceiling. The main problem is getting it to stay in place and getting it all to click together so it has to be done one strip at a time waiting for the adhesive to go off before the next strip can be put up. Here is a bit of time lapse of the process.
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The lighting used is 12v 60 LED warm white GU10 equivalents. These bulbs really are as effective as the 50w halogen originals, but with less than 1/16th of the current consumption. The lounge area is lit by 12 lights which means the whole area is lit for less power than 1 x 240v 50w halogen bulb.
Tomorrow is going to be a big tidy up day. :-( but mum is coming round so I think she will be deployed on the broom :-)