Whatever its functional use, if you are in a situation where there will be little or no natural daylight you will need some special basement lighting ideas.
First of all, wall colour plays an important part in maximising natural light you have. Light coloured walls and surfaces help maximise natural light by providing a reflective surface.
Next are the actual light fittings. There is a wide range of light fittings to choose from. At Style Plus | Renovations our preferred light fittings are LED’s. LED lights can replace fluorescent and incandescent bulbs in the house. LED lights are able to produce more light than an average bulb even with a smaller wattage.
The light emitted by an LED is not affected by the wattage of the bulb, and even with is size or shape unlike incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Additionally, an LED has the capacity to produce a coloured light without using any filter or any covers that conventional lights use. Therefore, if you want to have a lighting system in your house that can also have a decorative effect, then an LED lightbulb can be the best option that you can take.
There is a range of dimmable LED options available. It is best to check the packaging and also ensure your dimmer switch is compatible with the dimmable LED bulb.
LED lighting has the benefit of more efficient lighting to save more on your energy consumption. You may want to consider replacing all of your house lights with LED’s when you undertake your renovation.
The average cost for replacing existing halogen or incandescent recessed down lights with LED lighting is around $85 per light (based on 4 or more lights being replaced and weather the existing light can be replaced). At Style Plus | Renovations we suggest that a site visit is undertaken by a qualified, licienced electrician to review your current lighting system and to provide a quote.
Check out Consumer NZ LED lighting guide.