Light Source Options for Basement Recessed Lighting
Most basements have enough working against them. Don't make it worse with poor lighting
For a basement remodeling project, what are the pros and cons for recessed lighting options between a line voltage GU10 MR16 fixture and a PAR30 halogen fixture? I don’t want to install something that could become outdated. Also, although this is a basement, I don’t want it to feel like one.
Let’s start with the design objective: If you don’t want it to feel like a basement then you will need more than just recessed downlights. The space will feel cave-like since there will be no ambient lighting bouncing off the ceiling. This can come from sconces, torchieres or cove lighting. My strong suggestion is that the recessed fixtures should be adjustable accent lights, so that they can be pointed towards art, table tops and relatives that don’t move. There also needs to be some decorative lighting, such as one or two close-to-ceiling fixtures to draw people into the space. These can serve double duty as ambient light sources as well. Plus, you will need some task light for reading, even if it is just finding the buttons on the remote control. ow that we have that out of the way, I will discuss the various lamps you are considering. First off, stick with an adjustable recessed fixture that takes a regular screw-in base. This goes for the other types of light fixtures in the room as well. This will give you the most options for now and in the future. I would have you take a look at a PAR20 or a PAR30 halogen for now, and then maybe upgrade them to LED versions in the future. Trust me — we both will have plenty of things to regret in the next five to 10 years. Lighting shouldn’t be one of them.
Randall Whitehead, IALD
Lastest from ask randall
The best lighting for illuminating your face at a mirror is side lighting, also referred to as cross illumination. This would be a pair of fixtures... read full story
Even though I'm all about energy-efficient lighting and have replaced 98 percent of my incandescent light with alternative light sources, the one... read full story
Natural light is definitely ideal for applying makeup when you're being seen during the day. So when you are getting ready for work it's better get... read full story
Sponsored by Access Lighting, Engineered Lighting Products, Langlais Group Inc., LTF and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting. Complimentary live webinar will take place at 2 p... read full story
Sponsored by Access Lighting, Engineered Lighting Products, Ferguson, GM Lighting and Maxim Lighting/ET2. This webinar has already taken place, but you can view an... read full story
Sponsored by Access Lighting, AFX Inc., Engineered Lighting Products, Langlais Group and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting. This live webinar has already taken place, but... read full story