Back in the day, basements used to be used almost exclusively for storage and it is no wonder why — basements of old were usually just dirt or concrete rooms where things the family didn’t need all year were kept. Luckily, that has changed over the years. Now, basements are quickly becoming many people’s room of choice. Whether you’ve transformed your basement into a gym, a photography studio, a home office, or a theater, we can help you light it correctly.
At Lincoln Lighting Center, we’re proud to offer advice and great prices on spectacular light fixtures in the Lincoln area. We can help you find the right lights for a brand new house or for a remodeled room. Read on to learn some tips for lighting your basement, then give us a call or stop by our lighting store to get started on your basement project!
Keep the Light Even
Most basements aren’t built with large windows that let in a lot of natural light, so your first task in the basement is to ensure that the entire area has good and even light. Nothing looks more strange than having a room with a well-lit center and dark corners, so make sure that you have enough fixtures to blanket your basement in an equal amount of light. If your basement has a relatively low ceiling, recessed lights are a good option for providing illumination, as long as they are evenly spaced throughout the room. If you are lucky enough to have a taller ceiling, your options are wide open — you can use chandeliers or pendant lights or a combination of hanging fixtures and recessed lights.
Light for the Right Purpose
If you’re turning your basement into extra rooms for your family to use or as a separate unit to rent out, you’ll want to stick with traditional lighting that is a balance of ambient, task, and accent lighting. If the entire basement will be an office space, home gym, or theater, your lighting needs will be very different.
Basement office lighting: With an office, you want to focus on having light that allows you to get your work done without straining your eyes. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs) are great options for an office because they emit a lot of bright light with lower energy use and with less heat. While the cost of these bulbs are higher than traditional incandescent bulbs, the combination of energy savings and the long life of these bulbs (LEDs and CFLs last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 hours while incandescents have a lifespan of roughly 1,000 hours) will make up for the initial cost very quickly.
If you use a drafting table in your office, adding a lamp or another type of task lighting will give you the light you need to work comfortably even without natural light. Don’t forget to add some accent lights if you want to decorate your basement office with your favorite paintings, photos, or posters.
Check back soon for more information about lighting your basement gym and home theater as well as other tips. Come by our Lincoln lighting showroom to talk to one of our friendly lighting experts!