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Finished Basement Lighting

"It's so bright and beautiful down here, I forgot I was in the basement!"

Carefully planned lighting is essential for any finished basement. Use a combination of recessed can and recessed fluorescent fixtures to maintain headroom. Use separate circuits and dimmers where possible for versatility.

Carefully planned lighting is essential for any finished basement. Use a combination of recessed can and recessed fluorescent fixtures to maintain headroom. Use separate circuits and dimmers where possible for versatility.

That's probably the ultimate compliment for anyone who has completed a basement makeover. And a major part of that good impression has to do with an effective lighting scheme. Good lighting is critical in any finished basement, because there's very little natural light available.

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These 4 rules will help you get the light just right in your new basement space.

The use of decorative fixtures and accent lights, combined with mirrors, will make your finished basement look more like “upstairs” rooms.

The use of decorative fixtures and accent lights, combined with mirrors, will make your finished basement look more like “upstairs” rooms.

  1. Choose light colors for ceiling and walls. Your basement lights won't have to work as hard if the finished ceiling and walls are light in tone. The ceiling tiles and basement wall panels used by Total Basement Finishing have light-toned finishes that will reflect light without producing glare.
  2. Consider all three types of light.The lighting scheme for a finished basement (or any space, for that matter) will most likely provide three different types of light. Figuring out the details can tell you more about your lighting needs and where light fixtures should or shouldn't be installed.
    • General lighting is the overall or "ambient" light in a finished basement. General light is often provided by overhead lights that are integrated into a dropped ceiling.
    • Accent lighting aims to highlight specific details and can take the form of track lights or individual spotlights.
    • Task lighting provides bright but glare-free illumination where you are working. This type of light isn't just important in a basement home office, but can also take the form of a hanging fixture above a pool table,
  3. Choose energy-efficient lights. LED lights use even less electricity than fluorescent lights, and will last longer too. An LED doesn't require a filament like incandescents and fluorescents, so it can be tiny in size. 
  4. Use separate switches to control light levels. It might make sense to turn on general lighting at the top of the basement stairway. Once you're down in the basement, two switches in a single electrical box can give you control of accent and task lights.

Shine the light where the action is. With proper support.

Shine the light where the action is. With proper support.

Another Source: Natural Light!

No matter what you use to light your basement, there's no substitute for natural sunlight to keep the area beautiful.

Making the most of your basement windows and window wells is the perfect way to bring as much daylight into the area as possible.

And upgrading the basement windows and window wells will also do wonders to keep the basement energy-efficient!

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Recessed fluorescent lights provide maximum illumination at low cost. The fixture and lens cover are sized to fit openings in your ceiling grid.

Recessed fluorescent lights provide maximum illumination at low cost. The fixture and lens cover are sized to fit openings in your ceiling grid.

No matter what you opt for when designing your remodeled basement, Total Basement Finishing would like to help.

Our experienced and certified basement finishing contractors and specialists are available to provide you with a free basement finishing estimate and consultation that will help get you on your way to a beautiful finished basement.

In just a couple weeks, we can transform your dark, dreary basement into a beautiful and attractive new living space with our complete basement finishing system. Call or contact us today!

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