The closet is a space in the home in which lighting is mostly overlooked or neglected. By adding a light fixture to your closet, you will increase visibility and give your closet a more pleasant ambiance.
One of the easiest ways to add closet light is by installing a surface-mount, battery powered fixture. These lights are usually small and dome-shaped. Most models have various levels of flexibility. These types of closet lights are most effective in small closets because they don’t produce much light. They are also inexpensive and easy to install. Opt for ones that turn themselves off after a short period of time to save you from frequently buying replacement batteries.
LED lighting is another great closet lighting option, since it doesn’t produce much heat. It is a new trend that could instantly change the look of your closet. They can easily be installed anywhere by using battery powered devices and it offers perfect illumination. It also come in a stick-and-peel or drill mounting system that is perfect for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable doing electrical work. Its price ranges from $6.50 to $12.00.*
You can also hang up a corded fixture and connect it to the circuit wiring following the manufacturer’s wiring diagram. Mount the fixture to the box using the fixture mounting strap and screws provided. Turn off the power to the source circuit at the home’s service panel or breaker box and make sure the circuit can safely accommodate the additional demand of the new fixture. Check if the bulb is well protected, since closets tend to be filled with flammable material and incandescent bulbs get very hot. Make sure that it will not come in contact with clothing or other flammable materials.
Most building codes require enclosed or recessed fixtures if incandescent bulbs are used in closets. All electrical installations should obey the local building code. You can consult your city’s building department for recommendations and applicable code requirements.
Evaluate the desired location and intensity of the light in your closet. Good closet lighting is a commonly overlooked feature of your house. Make sure you give it the attention it deserves.
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