Storage rooms and closets are the number one space that home owners wish they had more room for in their homes. Storage and a place to accumulate belongings will always be a challenge for home builders. Another factor that plagues home owners is how to light their ‘too-small’ closets. For some, walk-in closets become dressing rooms but the lighting makes it difficult to see well. While small closets need new lighting sources for the space to be usable. Here are 10 tips to help you light your storage room and closet areas:
1.) Install brighter lighting fixtures: For
those that have an existing lighting fixture inside of their closet,
consider installing brighter bulbs to reflect more light. Consider
installing CFL (Compact Florescent Light bulbs) to save energy and to
emit a brighter light.
2.) Battery operated lights: For
smaller closets a battery operated lighting fixture is a good option.
Varieties come in wall mounted fixtures, and ceiling mounted varieties.
Consider the frequency of use in this storage area. If you find yourself
running through batteries, it may be better to hard wire a lighting
source in the closet.
3.) Open up space with a window: If
your closet is on an exterior wall, consider adding a window to bring
in natural light. The cost it takes to install a window may outweigh
the energy costs to light it with a fixture for the 20 years!
4.) Use solar tubes: Solar tubes
use metallic and reflective surfaces to bounce sunlight from the roof
down into your home space, or closet. This tube can qualify some U.S.
home buyers for home energy efficient tax incentives as well as keep
your energy bill down, due to the use of natural sunlight for lighting.
5.) Declutter closets to allow for more lighting: Let’s
face it, if you had less belongings in your closet, the need for more
light may not be an issue. Take inventory of your closet and ensure you
need all the contents. If you don’t, purge them and make your closet as
simple as possible. Lighting that can spread to all corners is a major
6.) Install lighting amongst closet organizers: If
your closets use closet organization systems, consider having lighting
installed inside them. Similar to under cabinet lighting used in
kitchens, lighting can be installed amongst closet organizers. Lighting
can make a master bedroom closet feel more upscale with the addition of
puck lights or incandescent can lights amongst closet organization
7.) Cove lighting is beautiful: Consider
adding indirect lighting to a cove or soffit above the closet space.
This especially looks beautiful in high ceilings where direct lighting
may be a challenge.
8.) LED sensor lights: Sensor
lights that operate with a magnetic strip upon the opening and closing
of a closet door could be a perfect option for your home. LED lights
cost less than incandescent lights to operate and emit a brighter
light. Consider visiting a local lighting store to see new lighting
options available on the market.
9.) Get help from professionals: If
you are puzzled about solving your own lighting dilemma, consider
hiring a professional light designer that will maximize your lighting
sources and will assess your current challenges. Often time’s designers
can help you save money with innovative products and tips.
10.) Visit a closet manufacturer showroom: Similarly
to looking in a model home for suggestions – consider going to closet
manufacturer showrooms to view lighting ideas. From closet organization
to clever storage ideas, use these destinations to grab inspiration!
Closets are often the last area of a home to be designed in extra
space niches. When it comes to lighting, it is often poor in closet and
storage areas. Consider using these 10 tips to help you with lighting
ideas and to make your closet a welcome place to enter. Also check
magazines and online décor websites, the most innovative ideas are found
there too! Freshome reader’s do you have well lit storage areas in your
home? If so, tell us your tricks of how to achieve the same in our
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