Windows can make your basement more visually pleasing and offer added safety. Large basement windows, sometimes referred to as "egress windows," from Pella of Binghamton are built to permit more light into underground rooms than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also provide a way to get out in case of an emergency.
The primary difference between basement, or egress, windows and standard windows is that basement windows must be large enough for an average-sized person to get out in order to meet safety requirements set forth in building codes. You can select from appropriately sized casement, sliding or double-hung windows when you install basement windows. Be sure you fully understand local building codes before you purchase basement windows.