Finding The Perfect Lighting for Your Basement

Transforming your basement to another useful room inside your home will not only require the perfect décor but also the right kind of lighting. Whether you’re converting your basement into a home office, a home theater, or a play room, choosing the right kind of lighting will be an important decision for successfully achieving the style you’re going for.

There are three things to consider when choosing lighting for your basement.  First, what is the primary purpose of the lighting in the room?  Are you looking for a primary light source, or do you prefer various sources of more subtle lighting?  Do you need to perk up the mood in your entertainment room?  Figure out what it is you’re wanting to achieve, as that will help narrow your search and point you in the right direction.

The second thing to consider is location.  Is electrical wiring already in place, or will you need to run wires to your desired location?  Which area of the basement would you like to be brighter, and where would you prefer a dimmer atmosphere? Are you looking for a statement fixture that will stand out in the room, or do you want something that blends in?  Deciding where you want to place your lighting also aids you in your decision-making process because you will have a better idea of the dimensions with which you’re working and whether or not any additional electrical work needs to be done.

Third, consider the kind of style and design you would like in a lighting fixture. It is important to invest in good lighting because, in many ways, it can either make or break the room. If you spare no expense to finish off your basement, for example, but then you skimp at the end by installing cheap lighting, it will lower the perceived quality of the room.  So, take a look at your budget and explore your options to ensure the investment you make in your lighting is a worthy one.

By asking yourself these questions ahead of time, you will be much more focused and knowledgeable when you enter the store.  If you find yourself in doubt or can’t make up your mind, ask for advice from your friends and family, who know your personal style, or from a professional who can offer you additional insights.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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