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Flush Mount Light Fixtures

In many basements a lack of head space can be a problem. In rooms such as these it is necessary to get the most out of what vertical height you have. These complications make flush mount lighting fixtures a perfect match for the basement, as they stock out only a few inches into the room. Further, the bulb is entirely covered, meaning that there will be no harsh and ugly glare to deal with anywhere in the room.
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Basement Wall Sconces


Another attractive and viable method for lighting a basement is with wall sconces. The elegant look of the delicate arm rising in a crest of light can add a classic refinement to the space.

They are available in a wide variety of styles allowing you to select a fixture which will perfectly match your vision for the space, and integrate it into an overall decorating plan.

However it should be noted that these lights should only be used in basements which have enough ceiling room to allow their placement high up on the walls. If these fixtures are installed anywhere below eye level, they will have the potential to glare up at you, causing a distracting and annoying problem. This can be offset to some extent by selecting frosted globe covers for the fixture, which will shield more of the light from your eyes than an open tulip design such as the one shown here.

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Table Lamps

The table lamp is by far the easiest way to illuminate a basement. It requires absolutely no construction, and will work with nothing simpler than an outlet. They can also be changed, rotated in or out of the space as you find and explore new items. For these reason stable lamps are one of the most popular ways to illuminate basements.

 

The downward covering shade on these lamps means that there wont be a glare from the bulb at almost any angle. The problem however is that the shade will often deflect most of the illumination from this piece towards the floor. In a basement where light is such a valuable commodity, table lamps often do not have the ability to spread their illumination far enough to cover the entire space.

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Floor Lamps

Basically the same concept as table lamps except much taller, floor lamps position the bulb of illumination at a different point in the room. By placing the point at which the light comes out higher in the space you are creating a much different effect.

Half of the light is pointed upwards towards the ceiling, where it then splays out and spreads throughout the space.
Meanwhile the other half is filtered through the upward catching shade. This then becomes a source of ambient lighting, creating a soft and pleasant glow across the backdrop of the room.
This dichotomy of light creates a very gentle and yet bright effect, which is quite attractive in a basement.

The downside to using floor lamps is that the chord usually extends out of the base of the lamp. This means that in times of flood, these lamps could become a hazard.
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Basement Chandeliers

Most basements are way to low in vertical height to support a chandelier. There are some advanced construction techniques that can extend the vertical height of the space such as digging down into the underbed, or raising the house, however these are expensive and messy.

If you are lucky enough to have a nice tall basement than a chandelier is a good way to show this off, glorying and luxuriating in the wealth of space you have in this room.
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Billiard Lights

Billiard lights are different from chandeliers in that they are supposed hang down relatively low. They are named for the fixtures which hang over billiard tables casting direct light on the board, while removing much of the glare experienced by others in the room.

In a basement which is dimly lit, this kind of spot illumination can create some very interesting effects, allowing you to highlight certain parts of the space and hide others.
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Illuminated Onyx Lamps

Onyx is a natural stone with a translucent ability that allows it to be made into decorative lamps. The natural aspects of the material used in manufacturing these items makes them a natural fit for rough and rustic basement decorating schemes. At the same time, the refined beauty of the polished onyx surface will add an elegant touch to any space it is put in.

The ambient light put out by these items is also great for creating an intimate and romantic atmosphere in the basement.
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Tiffany Lamps

Much like onyx lamps these decorative lighted pieces give off a soft ambient glow that illuminates just enough of the space to see, but not enough to get a clear idea of the details.

Their beautifully crafted design is considered to be the height of taste, and adding one of these pieces to your basement can give the space a much needed injection of taste.
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Under Cabinet Lights

Most often used in kitchens, these fixtures can be placed in any tight spot where an extra light would be useful.

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Illuminated Plant Stands

Another example of ambient mood lighting, the glow from these tables is filtered by natural onyx, so that it provide gentle illumination without the glare.

Aside from being just a mood light or decorative conversation piece, these plant stands are wonderful ways to display works of art, especially glass and translucent works, which will be bathed in a colorful glow that will highlight their features and deepen their shadows.
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Candles

Candles and translucent candle holders can add a touch of mystery and intimacy to your basement. Long considered the height of romance, the flickering light of the candles will reflect off your lovers eyes, revealing their innermost thoughts, while obscuring the surrounding world.

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Basement Fireplaces

A fireplace is a source of warmth, but it can also provide light for the space. The flickering glow of a warm roaring fire will create a gentle and restful ambience in the space. Combined with comfy chairs, or perhaps a lush rug placed in front of it, and you can turn your basement into one of the most popular places in the home.

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Illuminated Wall Clocks

Serving double duty as both a functional timepiece and a source of colorful illumination, these wall clocks can add to the decorative beauty of your basement.

While the glow from many of these clocks will be negligible, it will allow you to light up certain strategic areas of your basement, without having to shine a light on the whole space.

It can also be used as a night light, allowing you to travel through the space without having to turn on a bunch of fixtures.
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Basement Products


Basement Decor

Basement Lighting









Basement Decorating Articles


Basic Basement Decorating Ideas
Remodeling, Decorating Without Remodeling, & Basement Storage

Strategic Basement Lighting

Rustic Basement Decorating


Basement Theme Ideas

Romantic Basement Decorating