Basements are often neglected when decorating or designing a home. However, it should be given proper treatment, just like any other part of your home. At the very least, there should be proper lighting installed. Basements are notoriously tricky to illuminate because of the lack of wide windows that allow natural light in.

Steps to select proper lighting for a basement:
1. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible. Keep window coverings minimal or sheer to allow light to pass through. If you have no window or natural light source in your basement at all, then you have to illuminate with artificial light.

2. Assess the space. Measure the size of your basement. Check if there are any nooks that need special attention. Do you have a finished basement that acts as a room or is the basement used mostly for storage? Determine what the basement is used for. How the room is organized and designed will determine what kind of lighting you will need.

3. Illuminate the areas that will be traversed frequently, such as doorways and the section where the circuit breaker and water heater are located. You should be able to access the light switch to these places easily.

4. Overhead florescent lighting is typically best to illuminate a dark basement. A four-foot florescent light is good for general lighting needs. If your basement is used for storage or as a work area, then florescent lighting should be good enough. It is inexpensive, lasts long and is energy efficient. However, if you are going for a specific mood in your basement because you use it as a recreational room or guest room, florescent lights tend to be harsh and unflattering to people’s skin tone.

5.room in the house. Opt for surface-mounted spotlights if you want to illuminate a specific area, room feature or piece of art. They add a little more dramatic lighting compared to florescent lighting. They can be angled or moved to provide lighting for work areas, reading nooks or anything that requires directional lighting.

6. Track lights are incandescent bright white light. They are best to illuminate specific walls or sections. Track lights are not very energy efficient although they provide very good illumination and work well to accent artwork, bookshelves or a pool table. Using track lights in your basement will give it a more polished and finished look.

7. Use lamps to provide lighting to reading nooks. It will make your basement look cozier and gives the basement an overall warmer feel.

8. Don’t forget your walls when considering your lighting needs. Light colored walls help illuminate a room. If your basement is just used for storage or as a workspace, you may leave your drywall white. Opt to change your wall color if you are designing the space as an actual room. It will make your basement look less dreary and more inviting.

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