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Clothes Closet LED Lighting Comparison

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Review of Cree daylight LED Lightbulbs – Warm versus Cool light.

Do you remember the post I wrote about how I organize my closet? In it, I mentioned how it was dark and windowless and the closet lighting made everything look a bit yellow?

Look at the difference a lightbulb can make in your clothes closet

Well, one of you gave me the best solution to easily fix it. It truly was a “Lightbulb Moment” for me when I read the comment from Anne Hicks, who wrote,  “Try a daylight cfl bulb.” It was one of those times when you slap yourself on the head and say, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”  I have to thank Anne for pointing me in the right direction.

How to make your clothes look better

I went to find a few new bulbs and came home with a 100 watt soft white LED along with a 100 watt daylight LED bulb from Cree. If you are not familiar with Cree LED’s, they are a bit more expensive but will last 25 times longer and use a fraction of the energy than an incandescent.

They also don’t look funky, but like a normal light bulb.

I have never been a fan of daylight bulbs in my decor. I prefer soft white but wanted to see how I would feel about it in my closet. As you can see from the first photo in this post, it made a huge difference. 

Experiment with different types and wattages of lightbulbs to get the best lighting for your clothes closet

Here is how the soft white LED bulb looked. Better, but still a bit too warm to show the true colors of my clothes when I turn on the light in search of something to wear.

Cree Light Bulb

I liked the 100 watt daylight LED bulb much better, but it was a bit too bright. I also read on the Cree Bulb package that when using LED bulbs you should not use a “globe-like” cover. They need air.

Hmmmmm…. I don’t like the look of an exposed bulb even if it is in my closet, so I went out again and bought a 60 watt daylight LED bulb to see what it would look like, but it was not bright enough.

Clothes closet decorating idea

After this, I started to experiment to come up with a way to use the 100 daylight LED, but find a way to shade it so it would not be exposed and too bright in my closet while still open to get air.  I ended up using a small lampshade, screw-on bulb holder and finial.

How to get the right light in a closet so you can see the true colors of your clothes

It is hard to see the details of shade in this photo, but the shade is placed on the bulb upside down.  The bulb holder attached with the finial is attached to the bulb.

Since the shade is on upside down, the top of the shade is on the underside so you see the top and finial when you look up at the light. I like that the bulb is not exposed now and looks like a finished fixture with a shiny gold finial. :-)

A simple solution for my dark closet.  Now everything looks true to color and is not too bright or glaring. Thanks Anne for giving me a true “lightbulb moment.”

The pink boxes are from IKEA, I made the labels on them myself.

Free printable labels to download and use to label boxes, bins, and baskets around your home. In My Own Style

You can download the free printable to make them yourself by clicking over to this post: Decorative Free Printables For Organizing Boxes, Baskets, and More

Try this lighting test to see which one makes your clothes look their true colors, not yellow!

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  1. Love your closet! The lighting makes a huge difference! I am going to try this on my windowless walk-in closet soon!

  2. I have a hard time telling Black from dark Navy in my closet, this might be just what I need. Thank you so much.
    Enjoy you posts,