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Effective Interior Lighting For Any Basement

May 10, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

Basement Lighting Design: 3 Types of Interior Lighting Perfect for the Basement

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Basements are known for being large and dark. Both of these features can be a nightmare when creating your lighting design. Once it has been determined how the basement will be used in the home, it will be easier to develop a plan for adequate lighting. The layout of the basement usually limits the amount of natural light used in basement lighting. The first step of basement lighting is carefully considering the layout of your basement.

Eight out of nine basements are underground. They are known for being the lowest room of the home. Basements are also usually used for shelter and storage. If your room is used for shelter or storage, lighting is not really important. However, there are times a basement can be used for entertainment or even to extend living quarters. If a basement will be a functional room, we will have to plan carefully to provide adequate lighting. Because the basement is usually completely or partially underground, most of the lighting will be provided by lighting fixtures. If you have a basement that is partially above ground and has windows, take advantage of the natural light from these windows by making sure they are not blocked by shrubs or bushes. While natural lighting is nice, most basements are illuminated by track lighting
, fluorescent lighting or use lighting with sensors.

Track lighting has become a very popular light fixture. Unlike many other light fixtures where there is one light position, track lights have a track device that features multiple light positions. As a result, track lighting can provide lighting in areas that may be problematic for a traditional ceiling or pendant light. With multiple light positions, the positions can be situated to light the same areas or multiple areas. Track lights are very similar to spotlights but are more attractive and more effective in a home setting. If track lighting does not agree with the style of d├ęcor or the look and feel desired, fluorescent lights are also an option.

While fluorescent lights are usually used in schools and offices, they can also work well in a basement. Fluorescent lights use electricity and vapor to produce light. This light fixture is becoming more and more popular because it is over 50 percent cheaper than traditional lighting. Fluorescent light bulbs also have a longer life span than standard bulbs and they do not give off heat. All of the factors above call for effective, functional and affordable basement lighting. However, what about lighting that is convenient? Perhaps a fluorescent light bulb can be used with sensors?

Outdoor motion light sensors are usually added to add a sense of security to homes. However, what if light sensors are used to enhance interior lighting? Basement motion light sensors could not only save you money but prove very helpful. If you are using the basement for storage, it would be very convenient to have the lights automatically switch on when you enter. Light sensors would also help conserve energy if the room is not in use. The only draw back to using sensors would be if there is little movement because you are relaxing and the lights shut off.
Whether you are using the basement for entertainment or storage, lighting will definitely be required in your basement. Once you have determined the use of the room, pay attention to the layout of your basement. In order to create an effective design for basement lighting, it is important to be aware of the type of light that your need and what you currently have from nature.