Wine Cellar Ceilings and Lighting

Putting a lid on your wine collection


Now that you’ve built your beautiful walls, don’t neglect your ceiling! It requires the same treatment that you walls did. Installing a vapor barrier will prevent the infiltration of moisture-laden warm water from the floor above, and packing in that insulation will help to keep the cool in and warm out.  After having done the work on the walls, this will be a snap.

The one thing you should keep in mind before putting everything up is whether or not you might want to have a hanging light fixture or ceiling lights in your space. It was once frowned upon to have much light in your cellar, but with today’s cool fluorescent and LED lights, and with the understanding that we not talking about long term exposure to intense direct lighting, having a well-illuminated wine cellar is considered a good thing.

By seeing where you are going and what you are doing, it cuts down on the time you have to spend in your cellar, not that that is generally a problem. People who build wine cellars tend to like spending time in them! But the truth is our body temperature can change a modestly sized cellar’s temperature fairly quickly, so limiting the time spent working in one is usually a good thing.

And besides, having good light cuts down on things like tearing snagged label, or knocking over magnums of d’Yquem and such. It’s an investment that really pays dividends, so think carefully about where you install your lights. I have added some floor to ceiling racking in one part of my cellar, and because of poor planning I now have a very dark corner and have to rely on a flashlight to find my way through those racks!

Chapter 4: Cellar Flooring

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This article is part of a series on building your own wine cellar:

I.    Building Wine Cellar Walls
II.   Wine Cellar Vapor Barriers
III.  Wine Cellar Ceilings and Lighting
IV.   Wine Cellar Flooring
V.    Wine Cellar Windows and Doors

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  • LED Rope lighting? low cost, low heat, low light. Just an alternative and you can tack it around the top edge and provide a "Romantic" Cellar atmosphere as well. We used this in our Bar area and Porch area in the home we have and everyone loves it!!

    Aug 31, 2010 at 10:59 PM

  • Snooth User: dvogel001
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    Now I went an interesting way on lighting. I put recessed lights that are used in a shower so that it resists moisture well and seals around the ceiling. Worked great.

    Also recommend the switch outside the wine cellar with a switch light indicator when the lights are on so you remember to turn them off.

    Sep 01, 2010 at 1:34 AM

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