Tips to Add Natural Light to Your Basement

Are you tired of your basement looking like a bat cave because of the lack of natural light? Well there are some things you can do to improve the amount of light getting in. Here are some tips.
January 28, 2019

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Is your basement less bright and cheery than are the other areas of your home? The last thing you want is to feel like you're stepping into a cave every time you go down the stairs into your basement, but that's the sort of scenario that some people face. The answer, of course, is to add natural light, and you can do this through strategies like adding Redmond replacement windows. So that you basement comes to feel as cozy as do the other floors in your home, here’s a look at tips to add natural light – and other light sources – to your basement.  

Add Natural Light to Basement

If your basement is below ground, it will be harder to get natural light than if your basement is on ground level as part of a raised bungalow. But even with a basement that is below ground, there are things you can do to lighten up the place with some natural light. All you have to do is add windows. If there are windows already in place, you might want to switch them out for larger windows so that you can let in a lot of natural light. Consult with a replacement window company to find a solution that meets your needs and your budget. With the right replacement windows, you will get an abundance of natural light to flood your basement.  


The idea behind using lots of metallics is that they will reflect light. So the more metallics you have, the more light you can reflect around your basement. This can make a big difference, especially when combined with the first idea, namely adding new replacement windows to your basement. If you don’t have a lot of metallics, you can usually find some at thrift shops for a low price.  

Use Other Sources of Light

It might be necessary to supplement natural light with other light sources. Use what you have. Table lamps will work as will pot lights. Just be sure to distribute them throughout the basement so that you can cover the entire square footage and have an even distribution of light.  

Change Color

Are your basement walls a dark color? You can improve your lighting issue by painting the walls a lighter color. Combined with replacement windows, other light sources and metallic objects, lighter colored walls will make a huge difference in brightening up your basement.  

At Puget Sound Window & Door, we can help if you want Redmond, WA replacement windows. We offer a wide selection of quality brands from reputable manufacturers, and we also offer installation services from professionals who have extensive industry experience. Call us (253) 904-8658 to get the ball rolling. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and to make recommendations. We can also schedule an in-home consultation where we’ll take measurements, make specific recommendations and answer your questions. You may also stop by our showroom at 445 E Main Ave, Puyallup, WA 98372 to see our product lineup for yourself. Our staff will be able to tell you about the products, show you how they compare with other types and more. When you’re ready for replacement windows, we have you covered.

FAQ’s: Getting Light into Basement

How can I make my basement look brighter?
1. Lighting. Since many basements have lower ceilings, hanging pendant lights can be an elegant and, more importantly, a practical solution.
2. Shiny Floor. Don't overlook the ability of floors to capture light.
3. Bright Color. Make heavy use of bright colors.

What is the best lighting for a basement?
When it comes to illumination, incandescent, fluorescent, light-emitting diodes, and halogen bulbs are the most popular in basement settings. Accent lighting is the most effective way to give a room depth and volume. A few eye-level lights or table lamps will add hotspots of light to the space that will aim the eye and provide focus.

How do you get natural light into a room without a window?
If your foyer is in need of any illumination, consider replacing your current door with one that has a window or adding a storm door. Another way to increase the amount of light in your room is to hang a mirror. Modsy strategically positioned the mirror above the bar cart to catch the few rays of natural light that come in through the skylight.


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