Today homeowners are using their basement space in a variety of different ways. Whether they're turning it into a gym, home office, hangout spot, or wine cellar, the common denominator is that proper basement lighting has to be implemented. Illuminating a basement area can present many different obstacles, but the right lighting can really define this unique space. Below are a few suggestions on how you can implement the right basement lighting that fits your needs.
When you start pre-planning on what basement lighting would work best for your area. You need to first begin with the overhead or general lighting, eventually working your way down to other lighting such as task lighting or accent lighting. The general lighting needs to provide a lumen output that will cast a wide spread of light, which is why it needs to be placed overhead. Task lighting can be implemented in a variety of different ways, such as lamps for desks or other areas where additional lighting is needed that further away from the ceiling. Accent lighting has become very popular for basements in the form of wall sconces, walkway lighting, and can lights.
When searching for the right fixtures for your basement, you need to take into account the dimensions of the ceiling and wiring options. Typically ceilings in basements have shallow plenums, making it difficult to install recessed lighting. So, you need concentrate on surface or pendant mounted options. Also, make sure you check the ceiling and wiring in the basement before deciding which fixtures you'll go with.
When it comes to choosing the right basement lighting, you need to base your selections on what the space will actually be used for. For instance, if you are going to use the basement as a gym, the lighting would need to be different than if you were using it as a home movie theater. Basements are one of the most versatile spaces in a home, so you can turn it into just about anything that will meet your needs. However, as we said previously lighting can really make or break the space. Decide what you want to use the basement for and then base your lighting plan on that decision.
If you're considering turning your basement into a wine cellar, home gym, or just a play space for kids, you need to take into consideration that a basement is typically a small, somewhat confined space, so you don't want to install lighting that projects extra heat during operation. We recommend looking at LED, since it doesn't lose energy in the form of heat during operation so the lamps stay cool to the touch, while also lasting significantly longer than other lighting solutions.