Closet Lighting – How To Be Best Dressed!
Do you get dressed before daylight to get to work on time? Does it look like something goes together until you get to work or an event and realize, to your embarrassment, that they don’t? Even in daylight hours, closets rarely have natural light, so it’s important to have the right lighting.
Lighting Technology Made Easy
Lighting technology is amazing today, but can be confusing, so let’s simplify! You need a cool color and a warm color temperature for lights in closets. Well, that simplifies it! Color temperature is a way that the industry describes the appearance of light. It is measured by Kelvin (K) on a scale of 1,000 to 10,000, with warmer color in the lower range and cooler light in the higher range. A light source which is closer in color temperature to daylight is going to be in the 4000K-5000K range (often used in offices, but not really kind to us) like daylight. If you are going out at night or into an indoor event you will more likely be in warmer lighting, which would be more like 2200-2700K, sometimes even 3000K. You really need to watch the CRI listing because you want 90 or higher to get the ideal color quality.
The Latest in Closet Lighting
The great new product on the market now is a linear LED mounted above the hanging rods which lets you adjust the color temperature from 2200K to 5000K. If your budget doesn’t allow for this, put a 4000K linear bulb above the clothing with some 2700K incandescent bulbs or an LED light on the ceiling; just keep them on separate switches. With triangular trim, you can mount the linear lighting along the front edge of the shelf, throwing the light toward the back at a 45 degree angle. Also, there are now some hanging rods available with the LED built into them! However, if you only have one lighting source, go for the 3000K instead.
With all of the lighting options currently on the market, in addition to constantly evolving technology, it can be hard to keep up with the best solutions for your given situation. Interior designers can help you make the most of your closet, for appearance and functional purposes alike. Reach out to one now for guidance on taking your closet to the next level.
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