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Basement lighting

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Basement lighting tips to help you get the most from your basement lighting.

  • Since you probably won't have a great deal of natural light in your basement, be sure to add plenty of light fixtures throughout.
  • Although fluorescent lights used to be the way to go, most people have moved away from them in favor of recessed 'can' lighting. Use 6" cans (which take a standard size spotlight or floodlight) for main lighting, and smaller ones for accent lighting.

 

Recessed cans & wall sconces are great options for basement lighting.
Recessed cans & wall sconces are great options for basement lighting.

  • Having your can lights 6' apart will create dramatic lighting in a room, spacing them closer (4' for example) will wash the room with light.
  • To light paintings or other artwork, or even just to create a dramatic effect, try the recessed lights you can 'aim' (eyeball) near the walls.
  • Consider wall sconces, or even rope lighting to add some flair to your room.
  • Be sure to include dimmers on most, if not all of your switches. This allows you to brighten the room for general lighting, or dim the lights for mood lighting. This is especially important in your TV/home theater area. You'll want to watch in a dimly lit room.
  • Recessed lights under a soffit creates a splash of light on the walls that can add ambiance to any room.

recessed lighting under a soffit.
Create a splash of light with recessed lighting under a soffit.

Additional lighting resources:

Lutron Dimmers - Custom home theater lighting

Lutron Spacer System - Custom programmable lighting

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