A basement is a room full of potential – it can be turned into a chic living space, a state-of-the-art games room, a luxurious home cinema, or even a secret underground lair (for the aspiring real-life superheroes out there).
But before you even begin to think about repainting and stuffing your basement with fabulous pieces of furniture, you first have to look up. Take a look at your basement ceiling because the basement ceiling may have water pipes, electrical wires, and other domestic fixtures on full display. Unless you are aiming for a rustic, industrial look for your basement getaway, you’ll want to consider getting yourself a suspended ceiling system.
Covering up this unwanted scenery with a drywall fixture would be a good idea, but doing so will limit you from maintaining and repairing pipes and wires whenever needed. You would need to tear down a portion in order to do repairs and drywall can easily be damage by water. Your best option for concealing this unwanted view is to install a suspended ceiling. Also called a drop ceiling, a suspended ceiling effectively hides all the unnecessary rustic details of a basement to create a cleaner and brighter environment.
A suspended ceiling can easily brighten up a basement if done right. The most important factor to consider about installing a suspended ceiling is the lighting. Installing efficient suspended ceiling lighting can be quite tricky because there are certain factors you should consider such as lighting location and headroom.
As the basement is located underground, natural light will be limited, so placement of suspended ceiling lighting is very crucial. It's best to scatter light fixtures all over the room to prevent any dim or dark spaces, no matter how minute the space may be. Suspended ceiling lights also come in both fluorescent and LED. Fluorescent can be effectively bright and can illuminate a larger area with one light fixture. LED lighting, on the other hand, can be customized in terms of intensity, and is very energy efficient. However, LED can sometimes cost more than fluorescent suspended ceiling light fixtures.
A factor to consider when choosing your suspended ceiling lighting is the amount of headroom. With drop ceilings, you can easily opt for recessed light fixtures – lighting that is hollowed through the ceiling to conserve head room. Recessed ight fixtures can also induce a mood in the room if lit and located in the right places.
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