Light Up Your Laundry Room

Light Up Your Laundry Room

I want that laundry room!!!

Inviting, organized, filled with natural light.

Now let’s face reality:

In the majority of our homes the utility and laundry room is a neglected stepchild.
No wonder that the laundry basket has turned into a trip hazard and the ironing board is rarely used for ironing.

Lighting your utility or laundry room right can have a huge impact on how you feel spending any amount of time there.

In the following article, the American Lighting Association provides helpful guidelines when choosing the best lighting for your utility room:

Laundry and workshop areas require a sufficient level of diffuse lighting for safe and accurate use of t0ols in the workshop and for examining laundry. Provide 20-50 footcandles for ordinary work and 50-100 footcandles for more difficult workbench tasks.

Fluorescent is the preferred source. Allow a total of 1-2 watts per square foot for fluorescent task and general lighting combined. Locate the fixtures so they direct light into washers, dryers, and storage areas. Critical tasks with small, hard-to-see materials require separate high-intensity task lighting.

In workshops, provide a ceiling or wall mounted fixture over each task location, as well as general lighting.

In laundry rooms, provide ceiling-mounted fixtures so you can work throughout the space and look into the cabinet about 18″ above the appliances work well when combined with general lighting.

Artemide Tolomeo Wall Light

Artemide Tolomeo Wall Light

For ironing, directional lighting angled from ahead of the ironing board helps to reveal wrinkles. Place a reflectorized incandescent 24″ in front of the board. A ceiling or wall monted directional fixture will also work, but combine it with general lighting.

Here the Tolomeo wall light from Artemide is offering  task lighting without taking up valuable counter space.

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