Tips for Basement Lighting Layout Tips for Basement Lighting Layout

Finished basements are typically used as family rooms, man caves, or entertainment centers, which makes basement lighting important. The initial basement lighting is typically fluorescent. It’s unpleasant and uninviting. Creating basement lighting isn't without problems due to the wiring, but it is possible. The following article will share tips for a successful basement lighting project as well as costly mistakes for you to avoid.

Accent Lights

This type of basement lighting is popular because it affords you the ability to light specific areas of the basement. It essentially created mood lighting, which draws immediate attention. It makes the space attractive while lighting it. Accent lights create soft shadows in the areas where they are placed. When done correctly, the room area can take on a third dimensional effect.

Do not fall into the trap of using accent lighting as your primary basement lighting, as it is meant to accent specific areas or artwork. These are perfect to pair with other light sources. Connect accent lights with a dimmer switch for optimum control.

Use Beams to Your Advantage

All basements have support beams running the length of the basement. The basement beams can also effectively be used to run your basement lighting. They will provide location guidance when you build your drop ceiling. They also eliminate the need for extra framing.

You can weld the light fixtures to the beams and build around them to make it work to your advantage. In the end, it will cost a lot less than building-up the surrounding area.

Hanging or Recessed Lighting

If you have no desire to place lamps throughout the basement, you will need to choose another lighting method. The 2 main options are recessed lights and hanging lights.

When you install hanging lights, they will hang down from the ceiling. Using too many of these lights can make the room look cluttered. Recessed lighting is placed inside a bulkhead.

Regardless of which you choose, you will need to add a ceiling of some sort to hide wires. It will be a hindrance if you have a basement with a low ceiling. That makes recessed lighting the obvious choice, as it conserves space.

Staggered Lighting

To create staggered lighting, use the beams as a guide for the lights. Instead of putting the lights in a straight line across several beams, stagger them. Use light bulbs that are brighter than normal and place recessed lighting along the length of a beam using several beams. Once the basement lights are lit, the lights will work together to light the area. If you are feeling particularly crafty, you can link each row of lights to its own dimmer switch.

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