A door activated light switch has to be one of the coolest improvements to add to your home. When that cabinet interior lights up you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it previously.
There are so many benefits to using LED lights as well. Among them include energy savings, long life and size advantage.
In this post we’ll take a look at what we found online to be the simplest approach to adding a cupboard door activated light switch to your cabinetry.
Motion Activated Wireless Lights (PIR)
We found some awesome motion activated LED sensor lights. Typically the motion will trigger the light on.
Depending on the light, the sensor range is usually up to ten feet in distance.
The light will eventually go off after an allotted amount of seconds.
If you do some homework on any motion sensor lights you may run into the acronym, PIR. What does PIR mean? A passive infrared sensor (PIR sensor) is an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) light radiating from objects in its field of view. (via Wikipedia)
Before installing, we would recommend testing the functionality of the sensor before permanently adhering it or screwing it down to any surface. Pro tip: use velcro instead, just in case you need to change out a battery.
Interior Cabinet Lights
When it comes to interior cabinet lighting, we’re looking for a smaller fixture that won’t interfere with our cabinet space, but still illuminates it properly.
We found some options including stick lights, puck lights and speciality lights for in-cabinet applications.
All are sufficient when it comes to interior cabinet lighting, but we did include the light dimensions when possible.
One more thing to look at…make sure you choose the right LED color temperature. Most options will be offered in a Warm or Cool temperature. Got white cabinetry?, think cool. Got wood cabinetry?, think warm.
Sensor Activated LED Lights
#5 Wireless Motion-Sensing Stick-Anywhere LED Lights
This is one of the most popular lights in the category from Mr. Beams and its small design is perfect for use in cabinetry. It includes mounting hardware and double-sided adhesive.
The motion-sensing light activates when it detects motion from 10 feet away and automatically shuts off after 20 seconds of no motion.
- Runs on four AAA batteries
- Motion detection at up to 10 feet
- 20 seconds of light per activation
- 4.5″ x 1″ x 1.8″
- Tip: Use velcro instead of double sided tape to easily change the batteries when needed
#4 Gun Safe Light With Motion Sensor
Sure, it’s not really a cupboard light, but it certainly could be. Its small size allows it to fit snugly inside a wall or sink base cabinet.
One of my favorite features on this compact light from illumiSafe is the rotating adjustability of the light heads. That said, it does appear to be more of a directional light, so make sure you are good with having a little less light spread as seen with a diffuser light option.
- Requires three AAA batteries
- Size: 3.5″ x 2.5″ x 0.8″
- Stays on 60 seconds after last motion is detected
- No on/off switch
#3 Slim Profile Motion Sensor USB Rechargeable LED Light/Switch
With an integrated motion sensor, this LED light and sensor from Tresco Lighting is perfect for closets, drawers, and inner cabinets. I actually have this one in my upper cabinets. Its small size is the big advantage. It also lasts forever on one charge.
Installation is easy. Adhere with double sided adhesive or use the surface mount option. The light can easily be detached from the mounting bracket for recharging too.
- Size: 3.1″ x 2.5″ x .5″
- Tilting LED face
- Light stays on 10 seconds after motion has ceased
- Has on/off switch
- Multiple color temperatures (cool, warm)
#2 Motion Sensor LED Puck Light/Switch
These lights requires three AAA Batteries. Just twist the puck light cover to reveal the battery housing.
The installation is as easy as peel & stick with provided double sided adhesive tape or via provided screws. A built-in magnet is also provided to attach to any metal surface.
This light can only be turned on in a dark environment. It won’t turn on if the light sensor has been detected by enough light. Keep in mind, there is no switch to turn the light on/off.
- Auto-on within 10 feet, auto-off after 15 seconds of no motion detected
- Battery operated (three AAA)
- Various color temperatures (warm, cool)
- Size: 1.5″ x 3.6″ x 3.5″
#1 Motion Sensor LED Stick Lights
Not a “switch” per se, but this wireless motion sensor LED light from Lepotec is a simple solution to add to your cupboards.
It includes various color temperatures and offers three modes: Motion Sensing/Instant On/Instant Off.
One of my favorite features is the indicator light when charging. It turns green to signal a full charge and stays red indicated it needs charging.
- Rechargeable via USB
- Senses motion within 10ft/120° range
- Shuts off automatically after 20 seconds of no movement
- Adheres via magnet / double sided tape. Take the light off anytime to recharge
- Size: 7.5″ x 0.5″ x 1.3″
As you can see, there are a number of options out there. There are certainly more in-depth and complete cabinet light kits, but these are simple and completely wireless. Let us know if you are currently using a light we should add!