Closets are storage areas in the interior of the house and have no access to natural outside light, at any time of day. While large walk-ins may have lots of spots and other lights, closets either have no light or just an exposed bulb fitted to a basic fixture with a pull chain to turn it on and off. In both cases, there are problems that need to be addressed.
A big, luxurious walk-in closet is very useful and a great convenience. However, using artificial light to illuminate it has 2 problems. The first is that the lighting uses electricity and that pushes up utility bills and adds to the home’s carbon footprint. The second is that anything seen under artificial light, especially clothes may look very different when seen in daylight and you won’t be sure of how an item of apparel will look outdoors.
In the case of the small dingy closet, not only is the single exposed bulb inefficient, it could also be dangerous because faulty wiring or a defective fixture could result in a short circuit which is a major hazard in a confined interior space that may not be open or used often. Here also, the artificial light will make colors and shades look different from how they will look in the open, in sunlight.
Solving Part of the Problem
When faced with these issues many homeowners replace their power-hungry bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs or CFLs. LEDs are the most efficient, but CFLs give off a “cooler” light that many people prefer. Even with energy-efficient bulbs in place, electricity is still being used during the day when the closet is open.
However, the problem of an unnoticed short circuit in an infrequently used area remains, as does the issue of artificial light making colors look different from what they do in sunlight.
Solving All of the Problem
Getting free, clean natural sunlight into a closet is not just possible; it is also a simple matter. All you need to do is install a Tubular Daylighting Device or a daylighting system. This will use a small roof-mounted light collection dome to capture sunlight and then channel, it using special highly reflective pipes, through walls and ceiling to the closet. An elegant light fitting in the closet will diffuse the light so that the space is brightly lit. This light is free, clean and since it is natural sunlight, how the colors and hues look in the closet will be the same as they will appear outdoors.
Installing a daylighting device takes just a few hours and requires no structural modifications. Once in place, as long as the sun is shining, there will be sunlight in the closet. The best-daylighting devices come with optional dimmers to control the light intensity, ventilation kits to control humidity and electric light add-ons so the same fixture can be used at night. To know more about daylighting systems and all the possible applications, contact the leading manufacturer – that way you know you will be getting the best.