Introduction: LED Closet Light

DARK CLOSET PROJECT - LEDS

We have a closet that is unbearably dark.  So I kept my eyes open for a light fixture that could do the job.  I was pleased to find some white LED cove lights by Philips Color Kinetics that were being thrown away (Model:  eW Cove MX).  The lights are rated 100-277Vac, 13.5 watts each, are about 1 inch wide and 12 inches long and can daisy-chain together.  Although these lights are designed to be hidden in a cove to provide an indirect glow to a ceiling or other architectural element, they work great lighting up a closet.

I mounted three lights end-to-end on a pre-painted piece of pine that I had.  The lights allow themselves to be rotated for aimming after mounting so I pointed two downward and one upward.  The board with the lights was mounted just above the door molding on the inside.  I plan to permanently wire the lights to a switch outside the closet but that is another day's project so I spliced on a power supply cord and plugged it into a power strip.  The closet is unbelievably bright using just over 40 watts of power!


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