Start seeing style: 3 things will make your closet lighting better

The daily closet search can be a challenge. In the early morning hours before work, rifling through your closet without benefit of an effective light fixture is nearly impossible – and that can slow you down just when you’re trying to rush out the door. Spare yourself the squinting and update your closet lighting – you can even use the opportunity to turn a walk-in closet into a luxurious personal dressing room.

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When it’s time to update your closet lighting, keep these three ideas in mind:

Adjustable light: You might think that closet lighting should only have one setting: ultra-bright. While that seems logical, in practice, being able to raise and lower the light level is a surprisingly useful amenity. When your eyes are still adjusting to light in the morning, the ability to dim – and gradually raise – the light levels makes it easier to see comfortably.

Filling the space: If your current light fixture doesn’t reach some parts of your closet, it’s likely that those are the places where unworn and forgotten items gather. A well-lit closet space will ensure that you’re making the best use of the space and all its contents. Adding track lighting is a quick way to solve the problem – simply direct the lights to the corners that need extra illumination. For a more in-depth project, recessed lighting in strategic locations will eliminate those “unseen” areas.

Adding style: Everyone dreams of having a celebrity-style closet like Oprah’s famous walk-in wonderland. But you don’t need to have a billionaire’s budget to bring a little style to your closet. Adding a mini chandelier instantly transforms the space. Make that your centerpiece and then add a large mirror or two and some closet organization solutions (matching shoe boxes, dividers, shelving, etc.) to transform your closet into a beautiful dressing room.