Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

Lighting a Basement Studio or Office This basement studio/office combines natural light, track lighting, and pendant lighting to create a bright, comfortable space for both creative and office work. A generous-size window allows daylight to spill in. Track lighting shoots tightly focused beams of light on artwork displayed on wall shelves. In the center of the room, a drawing table takes advantage of indirect daylight reflected by the walls and ceiling as well as a fixture suspended over the table. Finally, pendant lighting above the desk provides task lighting for office chores.
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Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

Industrial-Style Lighting With concrete walls and exposed structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, unfinished basements have all the bones of an industrial-style living space. If your choice is to burnish these elements slightly and leave them exposed rather than to cover them, consider adding industrial-style lighting to complete the look.The simple metal-and-glass pendant lights shown here are a refinement of lights used to illuminate everything from factories to gyms, and they complement the minimalist exposed-beam ceiling of this industrial-style basement.
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Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

I have a basement ceiling that’s around 6’6″ high and currently the lights are standard bulb outlets that are attached to the beams so they sit down at eye level in the room. This means when you’re walking around you tend to accidentally back up into exposed lightbulbs often. I’d like to put some sort of recessed lighting between the beams out of the headroom. I can’t seem to find a recessed lighting can that fits within a 6inch beam depth and looks appealing (most are supposed to be burred in the ceiling with trim put on after). I’d like to avoid using long florescent bulbs and stick with standard outlets or some sort of LED bulb. I will be using CFL’s or LED bulbs so heat isn’t going to be an issue next to the wood. *Updated with a picture -As you can see the current light sockets are placed below the beams. My original thought was to just move them higher up, add more, and put in smaller CFL bulbs. I’m trying to find a more aesthetic looking idea for the basement.
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Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

Robert N said… Hi Lynn, i'm hoping you're still answering questions about your basement. the ceiling, and basement, turned out fantastic from the looks of your pictures. there was an earlier question asked that i'm not sure i could make out the answer. as it relates to the lights, were the cans first added and then painted? that is, without the trim/baffles? if the cans were added after the ceiling was painted, the cans would be a silver color that stands out from the black ceiling. i'm asking b/c i just added the rough ins for the can lighting but i wanted to save some money on the ceiling by not drywalling and i think this is the way to go. October 19, 2015 at 11:54 PM
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Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

Hi Lynn, i'm hoping you're still answering questions about your basement. the ceiling, and basement, turned out fantastic from the looks of your pictures. there was an earlier question asked that i'm not sure i could make out the answer. as it relates to the lights, were the cans first added and then painted? that is, without the trim/baffles? if the cans were added after the ceiling was painted, the cans would be a silver color that stands out from the black ceiling. i'm asking b/c i just added the rough ins for the can lighting but i wanted to save some money on the ceiling by not drywalling and i think this is the way to go.
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Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

With concrete walls and exposed structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, unfinished basements have all the bones of an industrial-style living space. If your choice is to burnish these elements slightly and leave them exposed rather than to cover them, consider adding industrial-style lighting to complete the look.The simple metal-and-glass pendant lights shown here are a refinement of lights used to illuminate everything from factories to gyms, and they complement the minimalist exposed-beam ceiling of this industrial-style basement.
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Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

Our exposed basement ceiling has officially been painted and our basement has finally been put back together…okay, almost, but we’re working on it.  The whole basement project started out over a year ago, and one of the steps that took the longest was these first 5 tips in preparation for painting an open beam ceiling.    Pin It
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Exposed Ceiling Basement Lighting

Recessed Can Lighting If your remodeled basement has a finished or suspended ceiling, recessed can lighting is a great option. They contribute bright, focused light to just about any area. They’re great for seating, dining, and crafts areas because the down lighting offers bright light while minimizing shadows and glare. They’re also a game-room favorite–the recessed fixtures can’t get hit by pool cues or battered by Ping-Pong balls.Here, can lighting all but disappears into a ceiling above a sitting area, allowing the room’s furnishings, artwork, and display shelving take center stage.
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This basement studio/office combines natural light, track lighting, and pendant lighting to create a bright, comfortable space for both creative and office work. A generous-size window allows daylight to spill in. Track lighting shoots tightly focused beams of light on artwork displayed on wall shelves. In the center of the room, a drawing table takes advantage of indirect daylight reflected by the walls and ceiling as well as a fixture suspended over the table. Finally, pendant lighting above the desk provides task lighting for office chores.
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Ceiling- and Wall-Mounted Fixtures Before turning basements into beautiful finished living spaces became popular, few homeowners would have installed a flush-mounted ceiling fixture or an elegant sconce below ground level. Basement ceilings were often too low–and unfinished walls too ugly–to even consider using such “upstairs” fixtures below grade.Now, many homes are built with basement ceilings as high as those in the rest of the house, and they often receive elegant treatment. This tray ceiling with its elaborate molding features a central flush-mounted ceiling fixture drawing attention to the architecture overhead. A wall sconce ensures that the corner doesn’t languish in shadow.
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Track Lighting Track lighting can be a remodeled basement’s best friend. It is easy to install, doesn’t take up floor or wall space, and is remarkably flexible. Many systems, such as the one shown here, combine both spot fixtures for accent lighting and pendant or flood fixtures for ambient lighting. Track lighting also allows you to easily change the room lighting when you rearrange the room’s furnishings or design–without having to change the fixtures.
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If your remodeled basement has a finished or suspended ceiling, recessed can lighting is a great option. They contribute bright, focused light to just about any area. They’re great for seating, dining, and crafts areas because the down lighting offers bright light while minimizing shadows and glare. They’re also a game-room favorite–the recessed fixtures can’t get hit by pool cues or battered by Ping-Pong balls.Here, can lighting all but disappears into a ceiling above a sitting area, allowing the room’s furnishings, artwork, and display shelving take center stage.
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Create an Industrial-Style Living Room – 1. Keep the ceiling exposed. This smart basement renovation reveals a key secret to enjoying a partially finished basement: Keep the ceiling open. We don’t all have the advantage of deep basements with high ceilings, and we need all the help we can get, height-wise.
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Track lighting can be a remodeled basement’s best friend. It is easy to install, doesn’t take up floor or wall space, and is remarkably flexible. Many systems, such as the one shown here, combine both spot fixtures for accent lighting and pendant or flood fixtures for ambient lighting. Track lighting also allows you to easily change the room lighting when you rearrange the room’s furnishings or design–without having to change the fixtures.
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Before turning basements into beautiful finished living spaces became popular, few homeowners would have installed a flush-mounted ceiling fixture or an elegant sconce below ground level. Basement ceilings were often too low–and unfinished walls too ugly–to even consider using such “upstairs” fixtures below grade.Now, many homes are built with basement ceilings as high as those in the rest of the house, and they often receive elegant treatment. This tray ceiling with its elaborate molding features a central flush-mounted ceiling fixture drawing attention to the architecture overhead. A wall sconce ensures that the corner doesn’t languish in shadow.
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Pendant Lighting Fixtures Pendant lighting fixtures drop from the ceiling and hover over an area that needs illumination. But pendants do more than just shed light on a dining table, desk, or sitting area. Their sculptural shapes and glowing colors hang like a functional mobile, defining the space around them.Depending on their design, pendant lights can offer focused task lighting, overall ambient lighting, or colorful accent lighting. A mobilelike fixture, such as the one shown here, is often coupled with a dimmer switch, allowing you to dial exactly the right amount of light to suit the occasion and your mood.

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