When designing a closet, one of the things to pay attention to is lighting. Having the right amount of brightness and illumination can make a big difference not only in the over all look and feel of the closet, but also how easy it is to find items and keep everything organized.
If you’re asking “How Much Light Do You Need in a Closet”? we can help you figure it out, no matter what the size may be. Whether it’s a small utility closet or a walk-in master bedroom closet, we’ll go over the common practices.
Understanding Different types of Lights
There are a lot of different light types out there. The most popular choice of them all is to use LED bulbs. While LED bulbs are economical and generally brighter than other types of bulbs, they are not always very warm and they do not always cover a lot of area space. So if you are using these types, you will likely need several to get the right amount of brightness. It’s not unusual to need more than 5-10 depending on size of your area.
These are popular, but they can be very dangerous in a closet environment. Like the picture shown, they usually are not very pretty looking either. These types of bulbs, which are sometimes considered to be older styles of lights, can get extremely hot, which in a closet can be extremely risky.
Closets are filled with materials that could catch on fire very easily, whether they are clothing or old papers that are very dry. If you have incandescent bulbs in your closet, you should immediately replace them with fluorescent lights or LED lights. Fluorescent bulbs are not expensive and require little effort to use – they are just like the incandescent in functionality.
If you do not have electrical outlets or wiring available for your closet space area, then you might want to consider battery powered units, which can usually be installed with little to no effort at all. The downside is that batteries don’t last forever, and these units can sometimes be unreliable, especially those which are motion sensor.
They are a good temporary solution but not always good for the long term. They also are not very bright, so you will likely need at least 4-5 of these for a closet to have ample lighting.
For larger closet rooms or walk-in closets, track lighting with fluorescent or LED bulbs is the recommended choice. These lights give you plenty of flexibility, as you can usually adjust the angle of the light and where it will reflect. They also give the space a nice aesthetic for design and appeal.
They are more expensive and will require some electrical wiring knowledge to install, but it is well worth it and will increase the value of your closet significantly. Now that we know about the different types of lights, how do we decide the right amount?
General guidelines for how many lighting units to use:
Calculate Square Footage:
You’ll want to do some math to figure out the size of your closet, as well as check the lighting unit you choose to find out what size range of space it will cover. Some lights for example, may only shine a radius of 1 foot while others may light up the entire space, much like a lamp or overhead light in a room.
Determine How Much Brightness:
If you are waking up in the morning swearing that the closet light hurts your eyes and it is making you grumpy, then you might want to choose less units or pick a unit with a low wattage. On the other hand, if you’re looking through things with a flashlight and can never seem to see what you need, then you probably will need either a brighter unit or something with a broader range of coverage.
Think About Placement:
You can place your lighting anywhere you want, but some places are much more practical than others. For example, you probably want to make sure you can see items on the floor, so you might choose something that goes lower on the wall or a below the cabinet type of light to make sure this area is easy to view.
If you just want one large overhead lamp, you may wish to place it in the center of the ceiling. With track lighting kits, you should make sure you place it in a place where the heads can be pointed in the direction where you need the brightness.
Obviously, if you are growing hydroponic plants in a closet, you would need more lights than say for lighting up your socks and old handbags. Many people use closets for a number of things, such as converting it into a craft room or an office area. If you are building a multi-functional closet, you will want to make sure that your needs are met.