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Lighting the Basement

Basements are a tricky space to light.  Typically, a basement is not limited for square footage, however, it is extremely lacking in windows, natural light, or ceiling  height.  The trick becomes to light the area adequately while making it appear naturally brighter and taller.  A careful combination of general lighting for practical purposes and accent lighting to make it seem more homey is necessary to successfully light a basement.

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  • Recessed lighting is ideal for creating a blank canvas of light.  Make sure every corner is lit to provide a backdrop of artificial light that mimics the natural light in your other living areas.
  • Mount upward lights towards the ceiling.  If you have built-ins or bookcases, this is the perfect place to incorporate upward lighting.  Soft, diffuse lighting is best for this purpose.  The more lighting towards the ceiling, the taller your room will seem.
  • Add task and accent lighting to make it seem more homey.  View this part of lighting the basement as similar to the entire room of an upstairs space. Steer clear of chandeliers and pendant lights because they will distract from the ceiling lighting that is meant to make the ceiling look higher.  Table lamps and floor lamps with low wattage bulbs provide the perfect touch of warm lighting.

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