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How to Choose the Right Lighting For Your Basement

Interior lighting plays an important role in creating a warm, inviting, and functional atmosphere in your home. From LED retrofits to customized lighting designs, we have everything you require for your home lighting needs! 

Are you are looking to make use of your basement for an efficient and beautiful home office, or your dream house's perfect home theatre? If this is the case, it's important to know that aspects of your interior lighting including how it looks, works, and consumes energy, can affect you for years to come.

Hiring an interior lighting professional to assist with your basement lighting is well worth the investment.

A lighting expert can help you:

  • ensure you won’t suffer from the financial burden that comes from poor quality products
  • select the best quality fixtures and right bulbs that fit your needs and budget
  •  become more energy efficient, saving you money in the future


How to Choose the Right Interior Lighting For Your Basement

If you have a basement, you probably have the same challenges as most Calgarians: these rooms tend to be dark, cold and dreary. The good news? With the right light, your basement can be just as inviting and warm as any other room in your home.

Here are some simple and easy interior lighting tips to follow to create a beautiful basement.

1. Maximize Natural Light

If your basement has any windows or glass doors, don’t cover them up with heavy curtains that block the sunlight.  Ensuring that your room has at least some natural light helps:

  • cut energy costs by eliminating some of the need for artificial light 
  • people feel happier, calmer, and healthier
  • reduce eye strain by making it easier to see
  • reduce the amount of mildew and mould growth in certain building
  • adds an open, airy feel to the aesthetics of a space

When you are working on the interior lighting design of your basement, consider adding larger windows if your basement extends above ground. In addition, light-coloured walls and furnishings will enhance natural light. Our lighting team also offers handyman services, and are well-equipped to carry out a window reno with lighting in mind. 


2. Install Sufficient Artificial light

Even once you have a lot of natural light coming into your basement, you must provide enough overhead lighting in the form of fixtures, chandeliers, or wall sconces, so that the space can be adequately and fully lit up both during the day at night.

Find artificial lighting too harsh? Consider adding dimmer switches to help you control the brightness.


3. Add Accent Lighting

Another effective way of toning down the harshness of overhead lighting is by using accent lighting. This type of interior lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest as it’s used to draw the eye to paintings, sculptures, houseplants, and other prized possessions.

To be effective, accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surround it.

Interior accent lighting is usually provided by:

  • recessed lighting
  • track lighting
  • wall-mounted picture lights

4. Choose The Right Bulb

Choosing the right types of bulbs is a crucial component of your interior lighting design. There are several options available, and it’s important to talk to a lighting expert about which type would be the right choice for you.

Incandescent bulbs: While these bulbs have the advantage of being cost-effective, and the ability to produce bright, warm light, they have a short lifespan and require more frequent replacement than energy-efficient bulbs such as LEDs.

Fluorescent bulbs: Fluorescent bulbs are very efficient and can last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, while using only one-third of the energy. However, they emit a harsh white light, which makes it an unappealing choice for most homeowners.

LED Lights: LEDs are becoming one of the most popular options for Calgary homeowners because they are extremely energy-efficient. While they can be more expensive than the other two options in the short run, the investment will pay off due to their low operating cost, long-life, and high efficiency.

5. Talk To A Lighting Expert About An LED Retrofit

AT FML, we understand that making the switch from your old bulbs to LED ones is not always simple. A full interior lighting upgrade design can come with high installation costs and time needed for product and fitting selection.

That’s why we offer affordable and convenient LED lighting retrofit options, which involves renovating your existing lighting fittings to make them compatible with LED bulbs.

An LED Retrofit:

  • saves time and money since you don’t have to replace your existing fittings
  • allows you to keep your existing fittings, which is beneficial if they are high quality or unique
  • enables you to create a customized atmosphere for any space in your home


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From quality and affordable LED retrofitting to our comprehensive design, installation, and maintenance services, the experienced and professional team at Fluorescent Man Lighting can help you fulfill all your interior lighting goals quickly, safely, and efficiently.

To find out more about our services including interior lighting installation and LED retrofits, contact our Calgary office today at 403-863-8529 or fill in our online contact form.

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