The Best Laundry Room Lighting Ideas

August 06, 2022

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Although it may not be the first room you think of when considering lighting, it’s just as important to be able to see what you’re doing in your laundry room as it is in the other rooms in your home. If you’ve been thinking about refreshing the lighting in your laundry room, these ideas will inspire you.

What Do You Need?

Before doing any shopping for lighting, it’s important to decide what kind of lighting you need. To do this, consider what you use your laundry room for besides the actual washing of clothes. Do you treat stains and hang or iron clothing as well? Will you fold clothes in the laundry room, or do this elsewhere?


Different activities may require different types of lighting. For example, if you treat stains in your laundry room, you may require brighter and more direct task lighting over your laundry tub or counter space. The same is true if you also use your laundry room to iron clothing items.

Color Temperature

Color temperature refers to how light makes a room look and feel. This characteristic is measured on a Kelvin scale that ranges from warm (2000K and under) to cool (5000K and above). You can control the color temperature of lighting in your laundry room by choosing the right bulb.

If you want the look of bright natural light in your laundry room, choose bulbs that are between 5000K and 6500K on the temperature scale. These contain more blue and white light, offering bright illumination for completing most tasks. LED lights can be found in these temperatures.

If this is too bright, choose lighting between 3100K and 4500K, which will take the brightness down but still offer enough in the way of task lighting.

Lighting below 3100K will contain more yellow and orange. This will add the look and feel of warmth, but may not provide you with enough illumination to do what’s needed. If you want this warm look and feel, it may help to install another layer of brighter task lighting. You can also install a dimmer switch so that you can adjust brightness to what you need. 


There are so many fixtures to choose from, so how do you select the one that’s right for you? Considering the quality of light can help with this decision. Clear glass fixtures will provide brighter and more direct light, where an enamel wall sconce or milk glass fixture’s light quality will be softer and more diffused. However, choosing a white wall light of enamel will mimic the same finish look as your washer and dryer. This gives you a clean, fresh, ‘wash-day’ lighting style.

The style of fixture you choose can help you achieve the room feel you’re looking for. For example, if your laundry room is in a vintage style, a farmhouse fixture can be the perfect match.

Types of Laundry Room Light Fixtures

Your laundry room may be a “utility room” where you complete a household chore, but that doesn’t mean that its lighting has to be boring! There are so many laundry room lighting styles to complement your interior design. We created our ‘wash tub’ lighting series especially for laundry room lighting. Made from galvanized metal, they are sure to last.

Pendant Lights

You may associate pendant lights with kitchens. Indeed, this lighting fixture is very popular over kitchen islands. But these lights are just as practical when installed over your washer and dryer.

Pendant lights are ideal for laundry rooms for a few reasons. First, you can easily swap out a standard ceiling light for pendant lights. Second, this lighting fixture is very practical, as it provides the task lighting and general room illumination you need in a single fixture.

There are so many great styles of pendant light. From the enamel farmhouse fixture to the whimsical colander and mason jar to beautiful clear glass, there is a style of pendant light for every room.

Flush Mount Ceiling Light

The flush mount style is a great way to create visual interest while spreading light over an entire room. This lighting fixture is available in two types; flush and semi-flush mount. The flush mount makes direct contact with the ceiling, where the semi-flush style hangs from a small stem to leave a bit of a gap.

This type of fixture is available in several forms, including clear glass, seeded glass and galvanized metal. But for the perfect laundry room light, why not use a ‘wash tub’ ceiling light?

Track Lighting

This form of lighting is ideal for laundry rooms. This is because many types of track lighting have several bulbs to provide you with the light you need for everything you do on laundry days. Even if your laundry room isn’t in the vintage farmhouse style, installing Mason jar track lighting will provide loads of nostalgia.

Consider Ceiling Height

Along with matching a fixture to your decor, there is another consideration before installing any overhead lights in your laundry room: ceiling height can make all the difference. If your laundry room has low ceilings, a flush mount or track light may be a better option than a pendant light

Beautiful Lighting Fixtures for Every Home

The right lighting fixture can give you the best of both worlds, letting you completely transform the look of your laundry room, while providing sufficient light for everything you need to do.

The Lamp Goods is your source for beautiful and unique light fixtures. Completely handcrafted in the USA, our beautiful farmhouse, rustic and vintage creations are full of timeless appeal. Whether you’re in the market for a table lamp, vanity light or ceiling fan, or want something customized just for you, The Lamp Goods team is happy to help!

Let your light shine—browse our laundry room lighting collection, or get in touch with us today.

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