Lighting Underground Homes
The reduced area available for installing windows may become
a problem when it comes to lightning solutions for underground
homes. It goes without saying that regular homes get their natural
light from skylights and windows.
However, there are sources of natural light that you can try
for underground homes, even though the results may not be more
difficult to attain than in the case of regular homes.
The benefits of skylights are to provide sunlight and good air
circulation. In the case of underground homes, skylights can also
be installed with security purposes in mind, as they can be used
as emergency exits in the eventuality of other exits being blocked.
The major problem of skylights in underground homes is that they
lead to considerable heat loss in the winter, while in the summer
they radiate plenty of heat. Other inconveniences include hearing
the rain and the lack of privacy, unless you decide to use translucent
The good news is that there are plenty of excellent skylights
available on the market today and if you choose double-pane constructions,
you will be able to minimize heat loss and gain at the same time.
If you are worried about your privacy, you can choose one of the
models that come with venetian-blind construction under the plexiglass
If you decide to install windows in the front of your underground
or earth sheltered home, make sure you place them in the direction
of the south in order to let the sun rays to enter your home in
daytime and offer you a natural source of heating besides lighting.
Lengthening the depth of light penetration is possible by installing
the windows as high in the wall as possible. However, make sure
that the window is still low enough to maximize the action of
the sun rays for heating purposes.
Even if you succeed in adding plenty of natural light in your
underground home, you will still need some sources of artificial
lightning. A good option to consider is recessed lighting, as
these lights will provide bright illumination that is diffused
at the same time. If you want more functionality to your underground
lighting plan, you can use spotlights and directional lights,
which can be pointed in various directions or mounted on the wall
and ceiling. These types of lights are also excellent for highlighting
the architecture of your home.
You can also obtain lighting with a great deal of versatility
by using track lights, which are compact and small, thus giving
you the possibility to move them along a track according to your
preferences. They are the perfect solution for altering the lightning
scheme for those moments you want to watch a movie or host a party.
Finally, simple lamps that match your décor are unpretentious
solutions that will offer you the exact amount of illumination
you need for having dinner, reading and all other sorts of activities
in your underground home.