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The beginner's guide to lighting up the dull basement

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It would be fair to say that basements have been given a new lease of life over the last few years. Once regarded as a nuisance and somewhat unfashionable, there's been a real phenomenon in some areas of the world as property owners aim to maximize the space in their plot.

At the same time, some obvious problems exist. We're not going to mull on about dampness and other similar topics - there are whole guides based on this. Instead, today's post is going to focus on lighting (or the lack of it, in the case of the typical basement).

As we all know, the vast majority of basements don't contain any windows, which presents blatant problems. Let's take a look at some of the best solutions you can adopt to deal with these.

Solution #1 - Temporary lighting

Let's start with one of the easiest solutions; temporary lighting. In truth, you can really go to town with this and you only have to look at the different types of floor lamps from Pagazzi.com to see what we mean in this regard.

Floor lamps are one option, and perhaps the most visually appealing. This is also something that can really direct large amounts of light around the room - and at least make up for the lack of natural sunlight.

Of course, there are other options and some people might opt for table lamps, which might not offer quite as much light but will add character. It mainly depends on the size of your room, and also what you are planning to use it for, but the general message is to make sure you have plenty of temporary options so you can play around with the direction of the light as well.

Solution #2 - The false window

A slightly more inventive solution comes courtesy of the false window. Granted, this isn't going to be suitable for everyone, but this option entails creating a window-like object on one wall, but placing a lighting structure behind it.

Of course, this window is never going to be opened - it always appears as though blinds or curtains are covering it. However, it can trick the eye and if you are regularly entertaining guests in the basement, this can be a worthwhile solution.

Solution #3 - Dimmer lights

The final solution involves dimmer lights. Again, this is something that varies depending on personal taste, but it could be argued that a dimmer light adds more of the natural-factor when deployed in the basement environment.

In short, being able to dictate exactly how light the room is at various points in the day is something which can mimic sunlight. This is one of the biggest complaints amongst homeowners with a basement, so this benefit of dimmed lights should not be underestimated.

Of course, these can be implemented as both a permanent and temporary solution, which does provide you with a degree of flexibility in this case as well.

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