If you have a clothing store and you don't feel like the lights that are in place are cutting it, you need to come up with a new lighting plan. When creating a new lighting plan, make sure that you think about what types of lights you need for the different spaces within your clothing store.
#1 Dressing Rooms
In the dressing room, you want to make sure that use light that is flattering and allows customers to see what an outfit really looks good on them. You don't want to have harsh overhead florescent lights in your dressing room, as they can cast shadows and cause outfits not to look quiet right in the mirror.
The best type of light is neutral white lights. You want to have multiple small lights on the ceiling shining down into your dressing room, as well as task lights on the side of the mirror. This will provide you with lots of natural light that will allow customers to see how they really look in an outfit.
#2 Main Store
Within the main store, you want to make sure that you have lots of natural light. If you can, you are going to want to add as many storefront windows and skylights as possible to add as much natural light as possible to the main store.
After that, you are going to want to add lots of natural colored lights instead of florescent lights, because florescent lights are just not that flattering when it comes to clothing.
You are also going to want to add focused light in your main store area. If you have a display area, such as in the front windows, you may want to add spot lights on the top and bottom. If you have built-in cabinets that display outfits, you'll want to add task lights to that area that will highlight your displays. Your displays should be highlighted like they are works of art.
#3 Check Out
At the checkout area, you want to make sure that you have enough lights for your workers to be able to see what they are doing. This is where it is okay to use brighter lights. You can use brighter lights overhead, or you can just add floor lights and table lights to the checkout area to add extra light while still creating a more intimate space for your customers.
Work with a commercial lighting installation company to come up with a comprehensive light plan that will allow your customers to see the true colors of your clothes on the show floor and that will allow your customers to really see what they look like when they try on clothing. The right lights in your space can help you sell and move more clothes in your small retail clothing store.