Lighting can be one of the most difficult things to get right in the closet. Often they only have one over head light fixture if they have any at all and it may not cast the most flattering light on your clothes.The closet may not have been wired for electricity or it’s in an awkward space that makes putting in recessed lighting difficult. You don’t want to spend a fortune remodeling just so you can see your clothes when you’re getting dressed in the morning! Luckily thanks to modern advancements with LEDs it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to add task or accent lighting to any space. LEDs have come a long way from the bright bluish white hues that first hit the market in the Nineties. Now they can come all shapes, colors, and sizes; and can bend and twist to fit any space.
The most popular way to add accent or task lighting to cabinets is with LED strip lights. These come in long rolls with adhesive tape on one side to adhere the light to practically any surface. Under cabinets, counter tops, inside drawers, you name it. The strips can be cut to fit and come in different levels of brightness.
Sometimes you don’t need to light the whole closet, but just certain sections to highlight the clothes you wear most often. A new product from Hafele combines a hanging rod with LED ribbons to give you task lighting where you need it most. It includes many different switch options so you can turn in on and off with a wave of your hand, a press of a button or even by opening the closet doors.
What do you do if your closet isn’t wired for electricity or doesn’t have enough outlets? Battery powered LED fixtures are here to the rescue! Because of LEDs high energy efficiency it makes them perfect candidates for going battery powered. LEDs can last for over 25,000 hours and use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs. Most any LED lights that can be wired to electrical systems can be converted to battery power. If you only need lights in a few places there are even all in one solution that incorporate light and battery pack into a single unit that can be mounted anywhere. These systems can last for thousands of hours and come with auto shutoff timers so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you left the lights on.