One of the best ways to brighten up an otherwise dreary and dark basement is through the use of artificial lighting. Of course, natural lighting is always best especially if you have windows and you’ve decorated your basement in a light and breezy color. However, when darkness comes, you need artificial light to keep the basement awash with light. When choosing lighting fixtures for your basement you need to consider a few factors like the area of the basement, the height of the ceiling and the purpose of the basement before you can decide on the beset lighting fixture. There are different types of basement lighting fixtures that are available in the market – track lighting, recessed lighting, focused or directional lighting and decorative lighting. You may use them in combination with the other to create the perfect ambience for your basement, whether it’s only a basement for storage of if you’ve redefined it into a more productive space Track lighting is one of the more popular types of lighting fixtures today. They’re very easy to install, very flexible to focus, doesn’t take up too much space on the walls or the floor and are relatively affordable to buy. They are called track lighting because the lights are connected via a track so it’s also easy to shift its focus especially when you rearrange your furniture around. They’re also very fashionable and can fit any room design or function. Recessed lighting is another popular choice for illuminating the basement because it doesn’t take up much space since they’re built into the ceiling. You need not worry about bumping the light bulbs because they’re out of the way. Since basements have pretty low ceilings, chandeliers and huge lights are out of the question. The great thing about recessed lighting is that they can deliver focused yet soft light without the glare and the shadows perfect for any room. If you have a large basement area, it may be best to focus your lighting instead of filling the whole area with one specific type of light. This is called focused or task lighting and it’s simply employing lighting for a specific purpose. For instance, you may utilize lamps near the sitting area to give an ambient glow to one side of the couch, which may be for reading or when you simply want to relax. This type of lighting is efficient in the kitchen when you simply want to illuminate your counters or your work area. Some of these focused lighting fixtures are very chic and fashionable and come in a variety of designs that match your room theme too. Decorative lighting may be considered ambient lighting because they are added more for decoration than their lighting prowess. If you have a high-ceiling basement, you may use pendant lighting. But if not, you may stick with decorative lighting on the walls. Your floor lamps may also be considered decorative lighting especially if their design, shape or color blend well with the theme of the room. To create a better basement lighting effect, it is usually effective to use a combination of these lighting fixtures to get the desired lighting and decorative finish that you want for your basement.