Windows are able to make your basement more aesthetically pleasing and boost safety. Large basement windows, sometimes called "egress windows," from Pella of Greenfield are created to allow more light into underground rooms than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that sit above ground. They also offer an escape in case of an emergency.
The primary difference between basement, or egress, windows and standard windows is that basement windows have to be made for an average-sized person to get out in order to meet safety requirements set forth in building codes. You can pick from properly sized casement, sliding or double-hung windows when you install basement windows. Be sure you fully understand local building codes prior to purchasing basement windows.