A finished basement can be an incredible asset to your home. Not only does it add a large amount of equity, but it can be used as a living space or for storage. Basements can be dark or dingy when they are not lighted properly. There are numerous ways to help improve your basement lighting. Here are some tips that can brighten up your basement.
Change Dark Window Coverings
Using dark window coverings greatly reduces the light coming into the basement from any windows down there. There is nothing wrong with using blinds or curtains for privacy, but make it easy to open the blinds so that you can let the light in when you want to brighten things up.
Swap Out Lightbulbs
Old school incandescent bulbs make your basement appear dank and small. There are many other types of bulbs that can be used as great lighting for basements. You do not have to go all the way to super-bright fluorescent tubes, but you can try soft white bulbs that will bring a more comfortable brightness to the basement.
Add or Change the Paint
If you have not painted your basement walls or they are a dark color, this may be a good time to consider changing that. Painting your basement a lighter color will help reflect both artificial and natural light around the space. Pastel shades and colors like eggshell are your best bet to improve basement lighting.
Multiple Sources of Basement Lighting
Probably the best tip when it comes to brightening up your basement is to use multiple sources of light. One light is not going to solve the problem of your basement being too dark. If you take advantage of any available natural light as well as using ceiling lights and lamps, your basement can look completely different.
Types of Lighting Fixtures
The type of light that you use in the basement plays a huge role in how bright it will be. If you just have a few bulbs dangling from the ceiling, then it will probably look somewhat dank and dark. There are numerous types of lights that can be installed to give your basement a much more bright and warm appearance.
One type of light that is recommended for basements is recessed ceiling lights, also known as can lights. The focused light that these provide from above will offer brightness while also lowering glare and shadows. If you do not have a suspended or finished ceiling, then track lights may be a better option for you. These lights will provide similar benefits, and they tend to be a bit cheaper.
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