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Closet Lighting Ideas: Illuminating Your Closet for Function and Style

Lighting in closets has been around for a while and quickly increasing in popularity.

When building in lighting to your closet system it can be functional or aesthetic. This post Closet Lighting Ideas, Illuminating Your Closet for Function and Style is a guide that provides ideas and inspo for lighting your closet to enhance functionality and style.

Styles: Puck and Strip

Accent/Puck lighting

Consider adding accent lighting to highlight specific areas, accent in a valance, or items in your closet, such as display shelves, shoe racks, or accessories. Accent lighting can create a focal point and add visual interest to your closet.

LED Vertical & Horizontal strip lights

LED strip lights are versatile and can be installed along the edges of shelves, rods, or drawers to provide subtle and stylish illumination. They come in various colors and can be dimmable for added functionality and ambiance.


Valance lighting:

Installing overhead lighting fixtures such as flush-mount ceiling lights or recessed lights can provide general illumination for the entire closet space. Opt for LED lights that are energy-efficient and provide bright, white light for clear visibility. The photo at the top of the blog post shows this example at the top.

Task lighting

Task lighting is important for specific areas within your closet where you need focused illumination, such as over a dressing table, near a mirror, or in shoe shelves. Wall sconces, pendant lights, or strip lights mounted under shelves or rods can provide targeted lighting for these areas.

Mirror lights

If you have a vanity mirror in your closet, consider adding mirror lights around the edges to provide even lighting for dressing and grooming. Mirror lights can be in the form of LED strips, backlit mirrors, or wall sconces.

Ways to turn on your lights

Dimmer switches

Installing dimmer switches for your closet lights can give you control over the brightness level and create different lighting moods depending on your needs. Dimmer switches are particularly useful for task lighting or when you want to create a cozy ambiance in your closet.


For a fun and creative touch, consider adding color-changing LED lights to your closet. These lights can be controlled remotely and allow you to change the color of your closet lighting according to your mood or style preferences.

Sensor-activated lights

Consider installing sensor-activated lights that automatically turn on when you open the closet door and turn off when you close it. These lights can be battery-operated or wired, and they provide convenient and energy-efficient lighting for your closet.

By incorporating these closet lighting ideas, you can effectively illuminate your closet space for improved functionality, style, and ambiance. Consider your specific needs and preferences when selecting and installing closet lighting fixtures to create a well-lit and visually appealing closet that enhances your daily routine.

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