Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet

Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet
Tutorial: How to hang a light in a closet

We’ve got a closet underneath our stairway that we use to store out-of-season clothes, Christmas wrapping paper and decorations, suitcases, etc.  Of course, there’s no light permanently installed in there!  I found a short lamp – the kind you might hang under a kitchen cabinet – that would work perfectly for this space.

 

When I first installed this light in the closet, I used industrial strength Velcro to mount it.  It worked … for a while.  When coming up with what I thought was a foolproof mounting solution, I didn’t take into account the fact that the batteries in the light would die when I’d forget to switch the light off, and I would have to pull the light off of the Velcro backing pieces that were stuck to the closet ceiling.  Go figure – the industrial strength Velcro wouldn’t stay stuck to cheap townhouse paint!  I had to figure out another way to mount this puppy to the ceiling.  Screws to the rescue!

 

First, I had to mark the location of the mounting holes on the top of the light.  I just took a pencil and made marks on the top of the case above each mounting hole.

Mounting holes marked in pencil

Mounting holes marked in pencil

 

Next, I made marks in the closet where I wanted to hang the light.  This helped me to space the screws properly and avoided having to put extra holes in that board.  I used my cordless drill with Phillips screwdriver bit to screw in the screws.

Screws screwed and aligned with the mounting hole marks

Screws screwed and aligned with the mounting hole marks

 

Finally, the easy part – line up the mounting holes with the screws, slide the light into place, and turn it on!

And there was light

And there was light