It's easy to recognize when your hallway isn't bright enough. It is a bit more difficult however, to figure out ways to make your hallway better lit. When designing the lighting for a hallway you must consider that you do not want darkness to appear in any corner of the hall and you want to use natural lighting as much as possible. In the instances where your hallway is not near any windows, consider these best lighting choices for your style of hallway.
Coloured LED Lighting
A coloured LED hallway can be very aesthetically pleasing while giving you the appropriate amount of light.. The best part about this lighting option is that unlike paint, you can easy change the colour of the lights to give you your desired look. There are also some options that allow you to cycle through multiple colours. If you're not interested in coloured LED, regular white LED lights are also a great option.
If your hallway already has overhead lights but still doesn't seem bright enough, then consider using an ambient lighting approach. This type of lighting is known to be perfect for hallways, walking around, conversing, and identifying.
While accent lighting on its own may not be enough lighting to achieve a brightly lit hallway, you can consider using accent lighting to highlight certain areas of the hallway such as artwork or cubbies. If you want to use accent lighting as your primary lighting for your hallway, then consider replacing your light fixtures with monorail track lighting.
If you have a narrow hallway that can't accommodate one larger fixture, then consider using a repetitive pattern of lights. This will give you the necessary light that you need while avoiding dark spots. You can choose to use flush mounted lights or lights similar to the ones shown in the picture above to emphasize the space.
Linear Floor Lighting
If you want to give an immediate visual cue, you should consider linear floor lighting. This type of lighting allows for a smooth adjustment from one room to the next. You will most likely have to combine this lighting method with another if you want to achieve maximum brightness.
If you’re having a hard time figuring out how much light you should have in your hallway, calculate the square footage of your hallway you’re trying to light and then multiply that total by 1.5 to get the total wattage required.