Storage Unit Lighting

The storage unit business has become a mainstay in our society as we all search for ways to store our stuff. If you are a business owner of this type of business, the matter of proper lighting is important to the comfort and convenience of your customers. This can be a tricky area to light in most facilities so let's take a look at a few ideas for storage unit lighting for both businesses and customers alike.

It is important to note that most storage unit facilities do not have individual lighting inside the units. The lights are typically only in the hallways or just outside the unit so it's important to keep this in mind. How do business owners of this type of business make up for the lack of light inside the actual storage unit? Here are a few tips:

  • Mount fixtures high enough to cast a wide light spread. If you can mount fixtures so they are overhead, that is better than mounting them to the wall outside the unit. For example, using wall sconce style lighting on the wall between the units will only give up or downlight with very little side light spread to make it worth it. It is better to choose high powered fixtures you can mount directly overhead in the halls to give the units a bit of light from that light source. If you do use wall mounted fixtures, position them so the light spread goes into the unit across from the wall where the light is mounted for the best results.
  • Choose a high lumen output When choosing the lumen output, you want to remember that more lumens means more brightness for your customers. The exact lumen needs of the space will depend on the size of the hallways and how much light is trying to cast in the units.
  • Opt for fixtures with reflectors. A reflector on a fixture ensures that the majority of the light produced is spread down and out which can be especially important in a storage unit business. Without a reflector, the fixture may have some uplight which is cast towards the ceiling and the rest will be downlight cast to the ground, but in this type of location, you will want mostly downlight for better light spread.

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Business Owner

If you are the owner of a storage unit facility, you want to provide your customers with lighting that is bright but not overpowering yet still gives them enough light for proper visibility. Let's take a look at some common options worth considering for your business.

Tube Lighting

Ideal for a range of applications, tube lights are great for hallways between units because of their long shape and concentrated light spread. This type of fixture is a common mainstay since it provides ample light to be cast while maximizing tight spaces. It can be mounted directly to the surface of the ceiling for added ease which is important in this type of area since many storage unit facilities have aluminum or limited ceiling for rigged up lights.

Barn lights

Barn lights are a great choice for either hallways or even inside of an especially larger unit where wiring is possible. This type of light casts a wide circle of bright illumination which makes them especially ideal when mounted high up to give the best light spread in this unique location. They are also usually made from durable aluminum or other metal materials which are long lasting for a great investment in the life of your business lighting plan.


When looking for the best fixtures for this unique location, LED should be a top choice for a few reasons. For starters, LED offers a no heat operation which is ideal for such tight spaces since you don't want to add any discomfort to your customers when they visit their units. LED also offers the best in high lumen output to low wattages of energy consumed which give you the bright lighting needed as mentioned above while also giving you better utility costs from operating the lights. LED also lasts a long time which means less maintenance on your part in terms of lamp changes.

Customer/Personal Storage Shed

Whether you are currently renting a unit from a storage facility without adequate lighting or you are looking for solutions for your personal storage shed at home, there are a few options you can add to make things easier. Please note that you should always check with the owner of the storage facility if you are renting a unit before adding or using any lighting items in the unit to ensure safety recommendations.

Portable Lights

One of the easier options for storage unit lighting is portable construction lights. These can be useful and practical for this sort of space since they offer high powered illumination you can take anywhere. Best of all, these come in LED options which tend to be low heat and makes them ideal for use in such as confined space without worry. Make sure you choose a smaller rather than a larger light however because these can be pretty high powered and bright.

Hanging Light

If your unit has power or a power outlet just outside on the wall, this can be a great method of storage unit lighting, but make sure you check with the owner of the facility before plugging in if you are renting a unit. Hanging lights are similar to construction lights and feature such elements as shatterproof bulbs, extra thick coating on the cord, and even a cage around the bulbs for further protection against shattering in such a tight space.

Battery Operated Lights

Another option is to go for battery operated lighting solutions. These are ideal because you do not need to pull from a main power source which can always be tricky in a storage unit or storage shed. With options such as lanterns and even battery-operated lighting you can stick or mount to the wall, it's easier than ever to find creative ways to light this unique space even without running wires.