Bob Vila Radio: Closet Lighting

Good lighting is crucial everywhere in your home— but especially in the closet, where small or seasonal apparel could get lost in the dark.

If you’re lucky enough to have large walk-in closets in your home, you probably already know the importance of good lighting. After all, there’s no use having the luxury of a great storage space if you can’t tell your blacks from your navies when you’re in there!

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Closet Lighting

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Even if your closets are a bit more modest in size, you still need good light. Whether it’s picking out matching shoes or finding the right cleaning product, you need adequate light when you reach into a closet. That used to mean a single naked light bulb or a battery-powered stick-on light. New high-tech choices provide better light, use less energy, and don’t require an endless supply of fresh batteries.

Ribbons of stick-on lighting strips, like those commonly found under kitchen cabinets today, also work great in small closets. Installed under the edge of a shelf, or on the ceiling just above the hanging rod, these ribbons provide nice, even light and don’t use much energy or generate much heat. You can even have the ribbon wired to a jamb switch, so it turns on when you open the door and off when you close it.

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