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Lighting dark internal or underground spaces

Light in a basement or cellar and underground lighting

To get light into places like basements you have to make use of windows close to ceilings which are in turn them self situated above ground level. Light is made to come inside with the use of mirror shelves and reflecting sheets placed at angles to reflect most of the light into the basement.

Light lighting lamps

Above: lights from a lighthouse, old style, very powerful, special technology with Fresnel lenses

At places where direct natural light does not reach properly like basements etc mechanisms are used to get the light from the outside and artificially transport and distribute it in.

During light designing for natural light you should keep in mind what purpose the room serves and how much light would be appropriate for such a room.

For example, more light is required in kitchens and related areas as work needs to be done in them and they should be properly lit.


In contrast, TV rooms or home theater rooms do not require a lot of light. So you should concentrate more on getting light to areas where it is needed. Also make sure that the light does not cause a glare on things like TV and computer screens.

With the use of natural light you can cut down on electricity costs and give your home a more environmental friendly touch. You can also mix and blend natural light with you indoor light to produce the right ambiance for beautifying your home.

Light pipes also called sun tubes, mirror tubes
sun pipes, solar light pipes or daylight pipes

These are mirror tubes which move incident light from the top or side of a building down to wherever it is needed. This can be a cellar, basement, stair landing, gloomy kitchen, etc. They are free once installed, and give a natural light- from the sun!

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