What’s the Purpose of the Room?
First, it’s important to decide how you’re using the basement. Whether the room is an office, exercise space or entertainment room, the lighting design will differ. There are three main types of lighting: ambient, accent and task.
Ambient Lighting for All Rooms
Every room needs a source of general illumination. Recessed cans are popular for basements because they throw focused, bright light and eliminate shadows. Chandeliers and pendant lighting can also be used for ambience and make nice accents over tables.
Accent Lighting for an Entertainment Room
Accent lights focus on particular objects in a room, like artwork and other wall hangings. Not only does accent lighting highlight your favorite accessories, but can spread light across a room when fixtures are placed high on the wall. Track and undercabinet lighting are two additional options for an entertainment room that save space and eliminate your need to worry about someone knocking over a floor lamp!