If you’re looking for extra space to expand your home and haven’t considered the basement, you’re missing out on the possibilities of this perennially underrated room. Long relegated to use as little more than laundry rooms and storage areas, basement remodeling can enable everything from guest suites to media rooms.
If your goal is to make your basement a place for recreation or living, then lighting is one of the most important aspects to consider. When it comes to lighting a basement properly, the necessary steps differ from other rooms in a house because the structure of a basement is inherently different–e.g., few or no windows. However, once you’ve learned how to choose the proper lighting for a basement, you will be able to perfect the lighting in a way that suits your preferences.
Track lighting can be a remodeled basement’s best friend. It is easy to install, doesn’t take up floor or wall space, and is remarkably flexible. Many systems, such as the one shown here, combine both spot fixtures for accent lighting and pendant or flood fixtures for ambient lighting. Track lighting also allows you to easily change the room lighting when you rearrange the room’s furnishings or design–without having to change the fixtures
One of the most commonly cited problems in basement spaces is the lack of natural light. But with some careful planning and creative lighting design, even this seemingly fatal flaw can be corrected.
A basement with nothing more than overall lighting can feel very artificial and empty due to the harshness of the lights. Lamps can improve a harshly lit environment by introducing soft, ambient lighting. This type of lighting works by accenting certain zones of the room. For example, a lamp on a table by a couch can make the area around the couch feel more lively. Where to place accent lighting is up to your personal preference, but in most cases you would want to place them in areas that you want to emphasize, such as a desk or a media corner.