Why We Love Closet Lighting
Closet lighting is one of the most overlooked design areas in the home. Many closets and storage spaces sport a socket and pull-chain with a bare bulb providing a glimmer of illumination. There are better and safer means of finding your favorite shoes and apparel. Low profile lighting provides subtle illumination that's easy to customize for walk-in closets or cubby holes under the stairs. Closet light fixtures replace bare bulbs with lovely recessed lighting or spotlights to find items wedged into corners. There's a lighting solution for even the most unusual storage spaces in your home.
Why Choose Lighting for the Closet Space
Recessed lighting is embedded in ceilings or panels and provides an ambient light source that is ideal for compact spaces. Another low profile style, flush mount lighting, installs close to walls or ceilings and makes compact closet light fixtures that don't get in your way. LED lights are safe, efficient choices for low profile lighting in your closet and adjoining powder room. For creative small space lighting solutions, consider fairy lights or strategically placed track illumination that doubles for closet and bedroom lighting. Low ceiling chandeliers make a dramatic display in large walk-ins with relatively high ceilings.
Closet Light Designers We Love
Wall sconces and mini pendants from Kichler provide suitable lighting sources in closets and are easy to install. Visual Comfort boasts contemporary styles for small space light solutions, including attractive sconces that direct light upward to let you see what's on your closet shelves better. Closet light fixtures from Tech Lighting include cable complete kits and industrial-inspired accent and directional lights. Hinkley Lighting produces subtle vanity lights that are suitable for closet lighting as well as accent sconces for layered light sources in larger closet and storage spaces. Minka-Lavery offers custom pieces with subtle tones that complement low profile lighting.
How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Closet
Standing lamps positioned outside smaller closets can double as illumination for work lights in an office or bedroom where you need more closet lighting. For a polished look, choose closet light fixtures that match the shelving and hanging solutions in your closet. For example, if you have wooden shelving and racks, consider lights with wooden components or accents. If your closet system is primarily made of metal, select fixtures with metallic components in the same tones. Low profile lighting is ideal because it can be recessed and doesn't take up too much space.
If you're remodeling your closet, make light fixtures a central design element so that you can find things easily, and don't build shelves and storage that block your overhead lighting. There are many choices of low profile lighting that offer ambient lighting instead of harsh white light. Reorganizing your closet gives you a better idea of where you need light the most, and will give you an idea where spot lighting would serve the best purpose and help you get ready for work or an evening out faster.