About Basement Lighting Ideas
Basement lighting helps to shape the mood, giving the space volume and new perspectives, so the role of indoor lighting is to "dress up" the setting, to bring out certain details, to attract attention or create a certain type of atmosphere. General lighting is designed to evenly distribute light in a room and/or concentrate light to different points of interest. There are many choices if lighting designs but because of minimal ceiling heights in basements the main fixture used is the Hi-hat or canister light. This hi-hat is installed inside the ceiling cavity and is only noticeable from it's outward facing finish. As a main luminescent source, these must be chosen in order to satisfy the requirements of the role of the room. The basement is usually low on natural brightness. Unless you plan on spending a lot to get regular sized windows installed the lighting choices and designs should be deployed to make up for the lack of natural brightness.
When building a basement, one of the most important things you need to consider is lighting. Lighting plays an important role when it comes to decorating a space. Here are some tips on illuminating the basement that will help you decorate and transform this room into an attractive and beautiful space. When it comes to lighting design in the basement, the first thing to consider is natural sunlight. There is no substitute for natural brightness, so using the windows in the basement is important. As mentioned before if you have room in your budget the add a couple real sized windows the natural illumination will give you that open airy feeling you have from the rooms upstairs. If natural light sources are limited or not enough, then you should consider adding additional fixtures especially in the darker corners of your basement.
When installing fixtures, always start first with ambient lighting and then with the accent lighting, which reveals details of the room, such as a certain texture painted on the wall and finally the lighting load. This will help you make a good decision and show you the appropriate way to install lighting and therefore the balance of general illumination. When selecting lighting or lights for the basement it is generally advisable to opt for two types of CFL and LED lights to save energy.
Lighting can be the main factor for achieving an intimate atmosphere. Reading lamps and floor standard lamps ensure such ambient lighting, especially placed next to an armchair or sofa. Paintings or posters should be highlighted and for this purpose there can be used airship floor lamps with projector type lighting or small power adjustable floor lamps, to focus the flow in the area of interest. There is an atmosphere that can be illuminated by general or localized reading lamps and floor standard lamps, being responsible for the atmosphere of a room. In addition they complete the decoration and give them personality and mystery.
The contrasts of light can increase or decrease a space. For example, amongst generally low lighting intensity, you can direct a few light touches on the walls, creating the feeling of space. To create an intimate atmosphere, illuminate the lower third of the room and use diffused light in the corners. Interior lighting should be designed based on age and taste of the inhabitants. Generally older crowds prefer more light than younger crowds. The age and taste of the basements inhabitants might very well dictate your design and budget for the basement lighting.
The basement by its very nature tends to be a dark area since it is located below ground level and has few windows and those are often casement or half windows that are frequently located in window wells, further reducing the outside light availability. Consequently, a major, but seldom considered issue, is the safety factor that results from navigating around a dimly lit area particularly if it is cluttered with storage or other household items that are generally not used very frequently.
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