How Bright Should a Walk-in Closet Light Be?


Light up Your Closet

  • You want your walk-in closet to be bright enough to allow you to easily see all of your clothes and everything you are storing there. You should be able to locate any particular item of clothing or pair of shoes in under a minute; therefore, the brighter the light, the better it is for your closet. Using several high-wattage bulbs will illuminate the space adequately and allow you to readily find what you're looking for in your walk-in closet. Depending on the closet size, you could use between three and seven bulbs.

Protect Your Clothing

  • You don't want your walk-in closet to be too bright for several reasons. In the first place, bulbs can heat up, possibly causing damage to more sensitive materials like silk and leather over time. Secondly, you want to make sure that the level of light doesn't hurt your eyes. Using several bulbs -- between two and three -- of 20 to 30 watts will allow you to illuminate your closet without causing any damage to your belongings or to yourself.

Bottom Line

  • Use several bulbs of around 50 watts for the best result in your walk-in closet; however, strategic placement is important. Using shelf-lights, or under-cabinet lights, is a creative way to make sure that even the darkest corners of your closet are visible. A 50-watt bulb will not become too hot if you don't leave it on when you are not in your closet. It will also provide enough visibility for you to search for and find items even in the largest closet. Motion triggers are another way of ensuring that your bright lights stay off the majority of the time, keeping your delicate materials safe from harm.

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