A good lighting system is one of the most important features to look for when choosing a gun safe. Gun safes tend to be extremely deep (to keep them from tipping over), and this can mean that they can also be extremely dark, making it difficult to be able to see what you are hoping to get out of the safe without some good lighting.
There are several different types of lighting systems available on the market, and each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
- Battery Operated Lighting
- Corded Gun Safe Lighting
- What are other ways to light up your gun safe?
Battery Operated Lighting
The first type of gun safe lighting that I recommend is the battery-operated type! This is a great option for those people that keep their gun safes away from any form of power source or want to make sure they can light up their safe even when the power goes out.
However, keep in mind, that batteries do run out, meaning you might find yourself without light every once in a while when you forget to recharge them or replace the battery.
1. Illumisafe Lights LED Light
The Illumisafe LED light easily attaches to your safe door and provides directional lighting that illuminates inward for a better range of illumination. This is an ideal safe light for areas that have limited or no access to electricity.
The motion sensor activation feature turns the light on immediately when the safe door is opened, and it will turn off automatically when the safe is closed.
It also stays on for 60 seconds after the last motion is detected. The magnetic back base securely attaches to the mount base, making battery replacement easy.
I have this one at the top of the battery-operated list, as it is inexpensive, compact, and extremely easy to install.
2. Lockdown Cordless Automatic 25 LED Vault Light
The Lockdown Cordless Automatic 25 LED Vault Light is the perfect tool to help you see what you’re doing in the dark. This light features an auto on/off sensor and provides six hours of continuous light.
The strong magnet backing or included screws make it easy to attach to your vault, and the 70 lumens per light provide plenty of brightness.
This company has become a staple in the gun safe industry, and sells a lot of great products, and this little light is no different!
3. SnapSafe LED Light Bar
SnapSafe LED Light Bar is perfect for use in gun safes, but can also be utilized almost anywhere else you need a light.
It features on/off and automatic settings, allowing you to customize your lighting experience. The motion-activated sensor detects movement from up to 10 feet away and automatically turns off after 20 seconds of no motion being detected.
If you follow this site at all, you probably have gotten tired of hearing me talk about Snapsafe, as they make some of my favorite products out there. They are always high quality, but sold a great price.
Corded Gun Safe Lighting
If you are looking to build out your gun safe, and make it awesome, then a corded gun safe lighting kit is going to be for you!
Most of these kits allow you to be able to light up all around the door of the safe, and they also tend to be brighter.
Keep in mind though, that if the power goes out, so do these light kits!
4. Browning LED Light Kit
Keep your safe illuminated and easily accessible with the Browning LED Light Kit.
This easy-to-install kit features long-lasting LED lights that provide bright, even illumination.
The motion sensor turns on the lights automatically when the door opens, and they will turn off after 30 or 60 seconds of no motion or when the door is closed.
Additionally, this kit comes complete with six LED light tubes with six LEDs per tube.
I really like this kit, and would be the kit at the top of my list! These wrap around the door, giving complete visibility throughout the safe, rather than light only coming from one spot.
5. Torchstar LED Safe Lighting Kit
The Torchstar LED Safe Lighting Kit is the perfect way to upgrade your safe with quick and easy installation.
With high output LEDs, this electrically powered light kit is more suitable for permanent installation than battery-operated lighting systems.
With 150 lumens per light bar, the Torchstar LED Safe Lighting Kit provides long-lasting and constant lighting, making it the perfect choice for any safe.
If you don’t quite like the Browning kit we talked about above, this is an extremely similar kit that should work with no problem!
What are other ways to light up your gun safe?
Manufacturer installed lighting
Some gun safes come with lighting systems already built-in! These are great because you won’t have to worry about installing anything, and you can be sure that the safe will work properly with the lighting system. These could either come stock with the gun safe, or you can have it optioned onto it!
Keep in mind, that you generally are unable to modify imported safes from the factory, so buying one of the kits we talked about earlier in this article will be your best option.
If you want to get creative on a budget, buy yourself a couple of those push-button lights like these, and install them, or place them inside of your safe.
They are cheap, easy to use and get the job done. Sure, it won’t look awesome, but it does everything you need.
Have mirrors installed in the back of the safe
Companies like Fort Knox and others can be optioned with a mirror in the rear of the safe. Sure, it looks cool and makes it look more expensive, but it also plays a big role in lighting up the interior of your safe.
What little light that finds its way into the safe hits the mirror in the back, and then shines back into the interior, especially in the back of the safe.
This is a very cool, and creative way to fix the problem of a dark safe.
Magnetic flashlight on the outside of the safe
If you are someone that just doesn’t want to deal with any of this stuff, then you should probably just opt for a magnetic flashlight. These flashlights essentially have a magnet on the side or end of it, and they can easily be attached to the door or side of the safe for easy access.
Whenever you are ready to get inside of your safe in the dark, you can reach for the flashlight, pull it off the side of the safe, and use it to rummage through the interior of your safe.
No matter what your budget is, there are several different ways that you can light up the interior of your gun safe! Hopefully, this article has helped give you some ideas on how to do just that.