Lighting for Walk-In Closets
Dramatic and functional effects can make your closet look like a high-end store display.
Closet Lighting
Linear LED lighting in 4000K helps identify subtle gradations in color.
I want my walk-in closet to be a little jewel box, like a high-end store display. Any suggestions?

This is a fun question to answer. I can offer you a solution that is both dramatic and energy efficient, even though that’s not exactly what you’re asking for. What I would recommend is doing a run of shielded and dimmable LED light for each shelf. This will eliminate the typical shadowing that happens when the illumination comes from a light source in the center of the ceiling. This will make everything from your Manolo Blahnik’s to your sock monkey slippers look like prized possessions. I would choose a color temperature in the 3000K to 4000K range so that you have good color rendition when putting outfits together. A high CRI of 90 to 95 will really enhance the subtleties of varying shades.

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Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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Something discrete such as

Something discrete such as tape light that is peel and stick as well as plug and play for easy instillation.

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