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amylmar

11:38PM | 11/08/06
Member Since: 06/27/06
3 lifetime posts
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I am renovating a home and just now finishing up with the lighting. I am interested in any suggestions or comments anyone might have concerning closet lighting. Besides a flat panel fluorescent light. I do not like the blueish hue cast of the fluorescent bulbs. Which my electricians installed in my reach-in closets before consulting me. I do understand why electricians like to use them and that they have a code to follow. I read that there is a warm fluorescent bulb that produces a reddish warm orange light, 3,000 degrees Kelvin. Is this true? I must have the cool white fluorescent bulb.

I have incandescent recessed cans throughout the rest of the home and I am very pleased with them. In the closet, I would like to have sufficient light to identify clothing and see color well. The appearance of the lighting itself and housing is important to me as well. What I like about the recessed cans is the fact that the housing is hidden.

I have one walk-in closet, not extremely large and several reach-in's that I need to light. I would like something besides a globe covered light or fluorescent lighting. In the reach-in closets I can see with most types of lights there is a problem with the light reaching only the top of the closet but not filtering down to the bottom. Due to the closets being shallow. And limited ceiling and wall space to mount lighting.

In one of my reach-in closets that has a little more depth I tried a single head fixture and bulb from a company called SoLux {http://www.solux.net/). They have a patented light source that provides a replication of natural daylight. They specifically sell lighting for closets, "The SoLux Closet Light". SoLux says their light shows a wardrobe's true colors and has an ultra high color rendering{99+} enabling you to see the difference between navy blue and black. There is a single head fixture and a three head fixture available for closets. They can be mounted on the ceiling or the wall. The tricky part is choosing the bulb. You need to choose the wattage. Then a 3500K, 4100K, 4700K, or 5000K and the degree of the bulb. I bought a single head fixture with one bulb and a plano-convex diffuser to achieve a softer light with a wider beam. I was very impressed with the quality of the light. My major complaint is ordering from the company. They sent a bulb that was 3500K. I ordered a 4700K and SoLux recommended this bulb to me. They did not accept that they had made a mistake until I called them several times and during one phone call the owner was present and had them send me the replacement bulb. It was a hassle though and freight for a single fixture was high! I still have not yet received the replacement bulb. I believe SoLux has a good product but ordering from them is a pain! They have a sales management problem and do not provide enough information about the difference between their bulbs. Referring to the Kelvin scale and proper degree of light. I believe they have just begun to sell their product retail. You can only buy the SoLux product from the website above. I do not care for the way they housed their closet lights or the "look" of the lights but the quality of the light is excellent. One concern with the application of this lighting is that it is a spot or directional light. The heads are adjustable but only somewhat.

So, with all that said it would be great to hear of any lighting suggestions or comments anyone might have when it comes to lighting closets and the choices of lights that are available. The closet seems to be a space that can be overlooked and difficult to light. Considering keeping with the electrical code and dealing with the limited space available in most closets.

Thanks,

Amy

Billhart

04:05AM | 11/09/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
First I don't think that those meet code for an ENCLOSED incandenscent ligthing fixture.

http://www.codecheck.com/pg27_28electrical.html#rough

With fluorescents there are TWO measurements. Color Tempature and COLOR RENDITION INDEX (CRI).

Both of those number used to be hard to find. But now being marked on the package and shelf.

The basic cool-white and warm-white have a CRI in the low 70's or less. They give very poor color rendition.

The newer rare earth phosuours are much better. Look for a CRI of 80 or more.

And they are available in a range of color temps.

I know that 3500k is available. But you might need to go to an electrical or light bulb supply store to get a large selection.

But one bulb that is commonly available is a GE Chroma 50. I have see it available in the hardware store and Walmart (but at Walmart it the package was labeled SUN, but the bulb Chroma 50). but whatever the name check the CRI and color temp.

But the Chroma 50 is a cool bulb, but it is designed to match sunlight and used to be a standard in areas where colors where critical.


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