The ugly light builder grade light in my closet recently stopped working altogether, so I had to find a new one. Like many homes out there today, my closet was equipped with the dreaded builder-grade “boob” light, and I decided that I wanted something new. I know that these builder-grade types of lights are relatively inexpensive, but there are other options out there that aren’t that much more, but provide a lot more in the way of style and aesthetics. I did a lot of looking around, so I thought it would be fun to look at some builder grade lighting alternatives. This post contains some affiliate links.
If you’re wondering what a “boob” light is, let me clarify. Look familiar?
Builder Grade Lighting Alternatives
Builder grade lighting is usually functional, in that sometimes the space doesn’t lend itself to a chandelier-style light or something that hangs down too low from the ceiling. That said, there are lots of gorgeous flush-mount or semi-flush mounted lighting options that still function the way you need them to, but without the ugly aesthetic.
There is a light for every budget, every finish, every shape, every style. I think we can all agree that these are better options than the builder grade version. And yes, not every room warrants a boob light upgrade, but when you see them throughout a home, you can decide where you wish to invest your lighting dollars.
Polished Light Fixtures
This polished nickel flush mount fixture is stylish and elegant. I think it would be a beautiful option in a closet, powder room or even an entry hall.
In the same polished finish, you could go for this high style modern and metal mix light fixture.
Drum Shade Options
I have always been a fan of the drum shade light. Remember this drum shade fixture in our breakfast area? The scalloped shape and the contrasting trim on this fixture make it a winner in my book. It would be an adorable addition to a girl’s room.
Another scalloped light alternative is this beauty, complete with brass detailing.
If you like the brass detail, but want more of a drum shade shape, you might like this pretty criss-cross pattern.
You can find builder grade lighting alternatives in other shapes as well. How about this square drum shade fixture with a pewter finish?
You can always opt for a more traditional drum shade light fixture, like this one. This is similar to the style that I chose for my own closet. A boob light upgrade, no doubt.
If you’re craving a little bit of glam in your home, this glitzy flush mount light fits the bill. I think this one would be a beauty in a closet, don’t you?
If you’re looking for more of a farmhouse style light fixture, give this one a look. I like the seeded glass detail with the Edison lightbulb.
Are you on a mission to eradicate some boob lighting in your home? Do you have any favorites when it comes to builder grade lighting alternatives? I think they all bring something to the table, but I’d better not let my daughter see the glam one, she’ll start putting a case together, campaigning for all of the reasons that she needs it.