It is hard to fit lights between beams as the beams cast shadows. However the archaeologist suggested we return to original where I was doing the job and fit wall mounded up-lighters which would have been what the old oil or candle lights did. Stripping of the black paint and returning to wood coloured beams also helped. Then a click ceiling rose and small chandler over the table. With the click if the owners wanted to remove the table thy could also un-clip the lamp so the low chandler was no a problem.
But the balance between period look (16 century) and functional is never easy. And of course it is also what we are allowed to do. Sometimes it seems strange. He was allowed to rip out stair case and replace but could not replace stone slab floor.
Colours are a problem when reflecting off the ceiling which is not helped with dark beams. Also wiring in mineral insulated cable meant using conduit boxes for ceiling roses and the click fitted nicely into the conduit boxes.
I will admit I did not terminate the mineral cable I got an old guy in his 70's to do it as he had the experience which I lacked. Today likely would use Ali-tube cable.
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