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In many cases, it is seen that houses are not well built which makes them dingy as the misplaced windows end up blocking sunlight. Moreover, there are some rooms like the basement to which people attach the least importance with respect to overall design, function, and livability. The basement in a home is usually used for storage, but it can also be used as an additional living space.
It is located below ground level and hence, tends to be a dark area. Basement rooms cannot have natural light and many time windows are non-existent. The few small windows that they have are often casements or half windows located frequently in window wells and this is why adequate lighting in basements is a must. The type of lighting to be used depends largely on the space you have to work in and what you use the basement for. The information below will help you to find the most suitable lighting for your basement. Read on to learn more.
Needless to say, it is best to have maximum natural lighting for your basement area. To improve the natural lighting you need to clear away shrubbery or other plants or stumbling blocks that are near the basement windows. If it is possible, you can even consider having additional windows for your basement.
Recessed lighting is often a popular choice among designers and homeowners as the fixtures hardly take up any space. They are sleek, functional, and affordable and are not so conspicuously seen. The fixture, light bulb, and wiring are secreted inside the ceiling leaving no dangling cords, lampshades, or bulbs to come in the way of your view.
A person can see only the glowing discs of light directed at countertops, paintings, or tables. If your basement ceiling is lower than its upstairs counterparts, then using recessed lights may be a practical choice for you for optimum lighting. Recessed lights usually illuminate a considerably large area of the room. They provide a dramatic and low profile illumination. There are a variety of recessed lightings available to provide your basement with an ambient, accent, and floodlighting depending on the bulbs used.
Track lighting provides for a cost-effective choice to light your basement. It is mainly used for general lighting purposes and it is also easy to install. Track lighting is useful in situations where traditional wired lamps and fixed recessed lighting designs become a problem. In this type of lighting design, a length of exposed electrical wiring is hidden inside a plastic or aluminum track.
This track can be wired directly into pre-existing circuits or plugged into wall power sockets. After mounting the track to the wall or ceiling, you can snap in a separate lamp or socket assembly from anywhere along the track itself. The inbuilt socket plates make contact with the charged wiring in the track, activating the bulb in turn. Track lighting is also used to isolate artwork or other prominent elements.
Floor lamps are self-supporting lighting fixtures that are often used as reading lamps or as supplementary light sources in the room. Most floor lamps have a centralized pole holding in place individual light fixtures. A lampshade is used to diffuse or direct light produced by bulbs.
Some floor lamps also have shelves or magazine racks built into them. Since they offer concentrated light in dark corners, it is advisable to place them in corners. This also makes it safer for kids who otherwise can trip over them in open areas. You can ask your home decorator to select floor lamps that match the overall design theme of your basement.
Don’t let your basement be a dark and dimly room meant only for storage. You can make it more appealing just by lighting it suitably.