These ideas work! Here’s 11 great ways to light up a dark closet. From QUICK & EASY updates without wiring to bigger closet lighting ideas.
How To Light Up A Dark Closet
The closets in this house were so dark and dreary when we moved in. Builder’s are always installing cheap, 1 bulb light fixtures whenever they can get away with it.
But, no worries, I know some great tricks when it comes to making a closet feel brighter and full of light. And, most of these are easy, budget-friendly changes that anyone can do.
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If you need tips for other rooms in your house, check out 16 Ways To Make A Dark Room Feel Brighter. There are a few things you can do in other rooms that you can’t do in a closet!
OK, let’s get started with how to light up a dark closet.
11 Ways To Brighten A Closet
No one likes a dark and dingy closet. Here’s 11 easy ways to add more light in a closet.
1. Install A Bigger Ceiling Light
Let’s start with 3 big-impact closet lighting ideas everyone should try! Whenever I update a closet, I always switch out the builders grade, single-bulb light with a bigger fixture that has 3-light bulbs.
Using 3 light bulbs with the highest watts that the fixture allows always makes a closet brighter. And, you don’t have to do any new wiring or hire a contractor (if your handy) when you’re just switching fixtures.
2. Pick The Right Light Bulbs
On top of installing a light fixture with more bulbs, you can also add more light to a closet by using brighter lightbulbs. I am a HUGE FAN of a “Daylight” light bulb.
The color you get with a Daylight LED bulb isn’t yellow or blue, it’s that perfect white that actually feels like natural daylight in your closet.
3. Install Battery-powered LED Lights
They make SO MANY great LED lights these days. You can get LED strip lights for shelves and puck lights for targeted lighting.
You can also find motion-detecting LED lights that come on as soon as you open the closet door.
And, most of these types of LED lights are available as a battery-operated, no wiring required version. I LOVE this trick for adding light in a closet on the cheap OR in a rental.
4. Use Mirrors To Bounce Light Around The Room
Another easy trick to add light to a closet is to add a large mirror. If you have room for a full length mirror, even better.
A large mirror helps by reflecting more light around the closet. And, BONUS, it’s always nice to have a mirror nearby when you’re getting dressed.
5. Are Your Lamp Shades Light Enough
Here’s one last tip for picking a new light for a closet, avoid lights with dark glass or dark shades. They will block some of the light or change the color of the light.
So, go for clear or nearly clear white glass or white shades on any light fixtures in closets.
6. Declutter Your Closet
I know my bedroom closet often turns into a dumping ground for EVERYTHING. But, whenever I take the time to organize and declutter my closet, it really does make it feel brighter and easier to see in there.
Decluttering a closet also helps direct light reach more areas inside the closet.
So, take a day to really give that closet a deep clean, donate anything you won’t use, throw out junk, and organize everything that’s left.
7. Try White Walls
White paint is the BEST when it comes to reflecting light around any room, and that includes closets. So, even if a closet already is white, maybe it needs a fresh clean coat to help brighten a closet.
8. Switch From Flat To Eggshell Paint Sheen On The Ceiling
Picking white paint with a sheen can reflect EVEN MORE light. So, I always use a white paint with an Eggshell sheen. That sheen is shiny enough to reflect light, but not shiny enough to accent uneven walls.
9. Lighten Up The Floors
On top of lightening and brightening closets with white paint, switching to a light flooring can also help to light up a dark closet.
Light floors also make a good background for being able to see anything piled on a closet floor.
10. Skylights and Skylight Tube Lights
Now, here’s 2 ways to add light to a closet without wiring that will probably still require hiring a contractor.
If your closet has the roof above it, you might have the option to actually bring daylight into a closet. Look into installing Skylight Tube Lights or a Skylight into a dark closet.
Skylight Tube lights are kind of like a porthole version of a skylight. But, they are “tiny but mighty” because the tube is actually lined with reflective material that increases the daylight it brings into a room.
11. Add A Window
And, last but not least, if your dark closet is on an exterior wall, you can look into installing a window in that closet. Even a small window can make a HUGE difference in a dark closet.
I’ve been in a few walk-in closets that had 1 foot high by 2 foot wide windows along the top of a wall. Those closets looked beautiful and those windows added tons of light to the closets.
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Feeling inspired? Now you’ve seen this list for how to light up a dark closet, get to work. And, good luck!
Stephanie Abbott has been remodeling homes, updating & building furniture, and working on DIY home maintenance and cleaning tips for over 20 years. Her remodeling has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. And, her DIY YouTube channel has had more than 8 million views.
Most of the DIY tutorials and videos on this site focus on beginner to intermediate level DIY Projects that can be done in an affordable way without high-end, expensive tools. All of the cleaning tips on this website have been tested in her home.