Windows are able to make your basement appear more pleasing and improve safety. Large basement windows, sometimes known as "egress windows," from Pella of Lafayette are built to allow more light into underground rooms than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also give you a way to get out in case of an emergency.
The biggest differentiator between basement, or egress, windows and standard windows is that basement windows have to be large enough for an average-sized person to escape through in order to meet safety requirements set up in building codes. You can choose from properly sized casement, sliding or double-hung windows when you add basement windows. Make certain that you totally understand local building codes before your purchase of basement windows.