By Craig DiLouie, LC
Adding good closet lighting can enhance lifestyle and convenience, contribute to an upscale feel of the home, and impress prospective buyers.
Closet Lighting Design
This was the subject of a New York Times article earlier this year, in which Brian Orter, a lighting designer and owner of BOLD, says if the closet is deep enough to enter with a single step, it should have a dedicated luminaire. He recommends installing a linear, low-profile, diffused LED luminaire with a warm shade of bright white light similar to incandescent (2700-3000K).
For a further upscale look, the luminaire should turn ON automatically, which can be accomplished using an occupancy sensor or doorjamb switch. The occupancy sensor also turns OFF the lighting automatically after the closet is vacant for a period of time, saving energy.
Alternately, for control, an energy-saving vacancy sensor or timer switch could be installed. These devices do not turn the lighting ON automatically for convenience but make sure the lights turn OFF when the closet is not being used.
For a whimsical design touch, illuminated coat hangers are available.
Installing Closet Lighting
Installing new lighting in an unlighted closet can involve new wiring. However, wireless switches and sensors and battery-operated LED luminaires are available that can eliminate this need and simplify installation. Some battery-operated luminaires are touch/tap ON while others incorporate occupancy sensing within the device, with no switch necessary.
Lighting closets is a simple way to enhance lifestyle and convenience in the home.
What you need to know about closet lighting:
- Lighting closets can enhance lifestyle
- Consider a diffuse LED luminaire with a warm color appearance
- The light could turn ON automatically for convenience
- The light should turn OFF automatically to save energy