Lighting design in a basement differs from other rooms in the house because it may not have much natural light, whereas standard living spaces generally all have windows. Making the most of the space by adding the correct amount and lighting design adds to your investment and the overall value of the home. Make your basement lighting design flexible and functional for multipurpose spaces. Maximize natural light if a portion of your basement is above ground. Even if you have just a few feet of free space, consider knocking out two rows of cinder blocks and replacing them with glass bricks. If installed properly, these bricks will not present the water leakage problems that windows may have, plus they are not easy entry points for burglars like windows can be. They also protect privacy while admitting plenty of light. Add recessed or flush mount fixtures that cover the general area, and then add track lighting to highlight certain areas or architectural features. Hang pendent lights over tables or countertops, and coordinate their shade styles and colors with the flush mount and track lighting fixtures.