Fake window in Basement

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Old 08-03-09, 07:24 PM
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Fake window in Basement

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I was thinking of cutting a hole in the furred out wall in my basement to put in a fake window. I was thinking of using an <edit>translucent<edit> material to fill in the panes. I was thinking of installing a double hung window and back lighting it to give the illusion of daylight.
My questions are any suggestions for an opaque material either glass, plexiglass, <edit>translucent<edit> sticker,...?

The other question is any suggestions for back lighting? I want it to give the illusion of daylight so I was thinking I don't want the light footcandles to vary too much.

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LED xmac lights will give you a low inexpensive light source. Back painting glass works great and leaves an easy to clean surface. As opposed to plexi which can scratch. Although plexi is available in a variety of colors.

So you don't feel too out of the ordinary, fake windows will be very much a part of out future. With the advent of flat screen displays, it will soon be possible to fake a window with a view from anywhere around the world, or beyond if NASA will cooperate. The possibilities are interesting.

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But you don't really mean opaque do you? You mean translucent. You might check out a local art school and put a request on a student bulletin board for someone to paint a mural on your window.
 
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Originally Posted by ray2047 View Post
But you don't really mean opaque do you? You mean translucent. You might check out a local art school and put a request on a student bulletin board for someone to paint a mural on your window.
You are correct, thanks. I have edited my original post
 
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Fake Windows in the Basement

Please post pictures and exact installation. I would liek to do the same thing, put a translucent light and put double hung windows to my basement with very few windows to the illusion of some windows in there

thanks!!!
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Please post pictures and exact installation. I would liek to do the same thing, put a translucent light and put double hung windows to my basement with very few windows to the illusion of some windows in there

thanks!!!
post pics or email me ******
thnk u
It may take a few days to get a few pictures.

FYI: I ended up with an octagonal window that I sprayed with a frosted glass paint (interior - hidden side) that I picked up at my local hardware store. It is mounted in the opening and held in-place with magnets so I can access the back lights. I have the lights connected to a dimmer switch.
 
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