With the proper lighting, a basement can be much more than just a large gloomy storage room. Unique basement lighting ideas can transform this underappreciated area of your house into a dynamic and loved addition to your home.
Using Natural Lighting To Light Up a Basement
Glass doors and, if possible, enlarged windows will help you make the most of any natural lighting your basement already receives. They are more expensive to install, but it will decrease your need for artificial lighting in your overall basement lighting layout and, therefore, help you save money on both fixtures and the electricity bill in the long run.
Making A Basement Feel Larger
Basements often have a dim cave-like feel and the generally low ceilings are a major contributor to this atmosphere. Make use of indirect up-lighting and strategically placed mirrors. This will project splashes of light on the ceiling and walls, visually opening up the space and making the room appear much larger and taller than it actually is. For floor lighting ideas like up-lighting have a look at our post here: Floor Lighting Ideas: Taking Your Interior Design To The Next Level
Versatile Basement Lighting Design With Track and Recessed Lights
Track and recessed lighting are both fairly inexpensive and create a soft ambiance that is perfect for a variety of potential room usage purposes. Track lighting should be used for higher ceilings and recessed lighting for lower ones. These types can sufficiently light the room to be used on rainy days or during the winter months. Install a dimmer and you have the ultimate home theater lighting setup.
Track lighting is very versatile. It does not take up any valuable floor or wall space. Perhaps one of its greatest advantages is that any time you decide to rearrange your basement furniture, all you have to do is change the positioning of the individual lights and, voila, your lighting is still perfectly arranged for your room without having to do any reinstalling.
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Areas To Take Note Of
Always be sure to include adequate illumination directly above any bookcase, desk, reading, study, or work space in your basement lighting design. Directional lights or surface-mounted spotlights are great for this purpose as well as for highlighting particular decorative or architectural elements. Compact fluorescent ceiling lights can be used for such needs as they are very energy efficient and provide optimal color balance for ideal vision.
Grow lamps and full spectrum lights simulate natural light pretty well. These are great for combating Seasonal Affective Disorder in areas that experience long harsh winters and less sunlight throughout the year as compared with others.