How do I get some light in a long dark hallway?


Our house has been added onto by previous owners, leaving essentially two halves connected by a long very dark hallway. No windows, and because it's on the inside of the house, no way to add any. Any thoughts on how I can get some light in there? Oh yes, and half the length of one of the walls is taken up by the furnace-closet. Thanks, SP

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  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Sep 17, 2019

    Paint it a light color and add some track lighting down the middle of the ceiling .

    • SharylP SharylP on Sep 17, 2019

      Alas, it IS a light color already ... I'm a little worried that track lighting may make it look more closed-in ... but maybe I need to check out what options are available. Thanks for the suggestions -- Sharyl P

  • Is a skylight a possibility? Or a solar tube. Check out this article

    My other tricks for making things feel brighter include large mirrors, very light-colors for walls & ceilings, etc.

    • SharylP SharylP on Sep 17, 2019

      The hall is already as light-colored as I can get it -- a soft eggshell. I had not thought of a solar-tube ... weird, because we had two installed in our previous home, and I'd forgotten how much of a difference it made. They're awfully expensive, though (like $600 in this neck of the woods). Wondering if a skylight might be possible there; I like the idea of natural light more than adding artificial lighting, which is why I haven't done anything yet. Thanks for the ideas, and the link. Sharyl P

  • Lucky Home Today Lucky Home Today on Sep 17, 2019

    There are some cool LED lights you might be able to use and hide.

  • Melanie Melanie on Sep 17, 2019

    What about some small-diameter rope lighting? It's not expensive, you could run it along the baseboards to light up the walkway. You could purchase some motion-activated battery-operated lighting along the walls at regular intervals. These will do if you want "functional". If you want decorative solutions there are probably some others, but probably more costly.

    • SharylP SharylP on Sep 17, 2019

      I had thought about that idea, but hadn't thought about a motion-activated timer -- in fact, that's what was holding me back, because I didn't just want to leave the lights on all the time and waste the energy. Thanks for a great idea! Sharyl P.

  • Rymea Rymea on Sep 18, 2019

    Put a collection of mirrors on the walls and artwork with glass to reflect light. You could paint the furnace closet doors a very bright semi gloss white to reflect more light.

  • SharylP SharylP on Sep 18, 2019

    Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! Am going to explore a couple of the alternatives you suggested. Blessings, SP

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 12, 2021


    Add Mirrors and Pictures with glass . You could also add wall lights or ceiling lights or illuminated ceiling or Strings of lights you plug in. Best wishes.

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