Our house has a small, two-room basement. Both rooms are 10 m² and the innermost room is my home office. I recently installed three more Philips Hue lights in the stairway and first basement room; downlights with GU10 sockets.

First — let’s go down and have a look from the home office, towards the stairs.

The difference

The images below are all taken with the same camera settings:

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Shutter speed: 1/6
  • ISO setting: 800
Without the new lights turned on
Without the new lights turned on
Warm light
Warm light
Cold light
Cold light
Dimmed light
Dimmed light
Nighttime lights (red)
Nighttime lights (red)

It’s really quite remarkable how much bigger a room looks when there are no dark corners.

The lamps

The lamps I installed are meant for outdoor use, and have a GU10 socket.

Under the basement stairs
Under the basement stairs
Next to basement stairs
Next to basement stairs
Lower part of basement stairway
Lower part of basement stairway
Closeup of the lamp
Closeup of the lamp

Nighttime light

To match the nighttime lights in the home office — I’ve also made a red scene for the rest of the basement and stairway.

Home office nighttime lights
Home office nighttime lights
First room red dimmed lights (ƒ/11, 1s, ISO800)
First room red dimmed lights (ƒ/11, 1s, ISO800)
Red ceiling and stairway lights (ƒ/11, 1s, ISO800)
Red ceiling and stairway lights (ƒ/11, 1s, ISO800)
Red light at the top of the basement stairway (ƒ/11, 1s, ISO800)
Red light at the top of the basement stairway (ƒ/11, 1s, ISO800)

Future plans

I’m planning to paint the basement stairs, and fix the stairway. But it’s pretty far down on my to-do list at the moment…