Lighting Guide: The First Step to a Finished Basement
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
by Littman Bros Lighting
Whether you’ve just moved into your house or lived in it for years, you’ve probably thought about remodeling the basement. A finished basement not only gives you and your family more space, it also significantly increases the value of your home. So if you plan on selling in the future, or just want more living space, finishing your basement can be a fun and rewarding endeavor. Since basements are typically dark and gloomy, adding light is the first thing you’ll want to consider. If your basement doesn’t have any windows to let in natural light, you’ll need to decide which type of artificial lighting fixtures will work best.
The Low Ceiling Dilemma
Basements often have low ceilings, which makes the area feel sort of cave-like. Recessed lighting is a way to brighten the space without having to worry about light fixtures that hang too low. Since they don’t protrude from the ceiling, they are less likely to be damaged accidentally. Recessed lights create a more open atmosphere and are a great general lighting solution for basements.
Table and floor lamps are another practical lighting solution for basements with low ceilings. If you feel that your basement isn’t bright enough, mounting mirrors on walls or the ceiling can help make your basement appear bigger and brighter.
If your ceilings are at least 7 feet high, track lighting may be the perfect lighting solution for you. With strategic placement, you can use track lights to highlight certain pieces of furniture, shelves, artwork or anything else you want to emphasize. Spotlights and directional lights can be used in place of track lighting and recessed lighting to highlight wall art and decor and architectural elements, such as arches and columns.
Littman Bros. offers a wide selection of recessed lighting options, as well as a range of spotlights, table lamps and floor lamps. Choose from a variety of top manufacturers: