When designing your bathroom, lighting may seem like an easy afterthought. However, your bathroom lighting can be crucial to your enjoyment of this frequently-used home space. Relying on one ceiling light isn’t going to be enough to illuminate your bathroom. Instead, you should consider installing a variety of lighting fixtures. This will ensure that your bathroom is well-lit and that the lighting creates a warm, spa-like environment. Read on for a few guidelines that will help you install the very best bathroom lighting.
Ambient lighting is a good base for your bathroom lighting arrangements. A central fixture in your room will often do the trick. However, when installing a ceiling light, do not position it directly above the spot where you will stand in front of the mirror. Light directly above your head if unflattering, but light from behind will help you see yourself best.
Task Lighting by the Mirror
Your bathroom mirror is where you prepare the face you are going to show the world that day. However, if your lighting is bad, you will be battling shadows as you try to groom yourself for the day.
To avoid that hassle and create an even light for your face, you can install vertical fixtures or sconces on either side of the mirror at about eye level. If you don’t have space alongside the mirror, you can place a light above the mirror.
Optional Shower Lighting
If you have a glass door for your shower, you may not need extra bathroom lighting inside your shower. However, if you don’t, a recessed light in the shower may help you see what you’re doing.
Finally, you can add accent lighting to really make your bathroom lighting impressive. Accent lighting can include strip lighting under cabinets or focusing light on a piece of art. Accent lighting increases the spa-like feel of your bathroom and highlights beautiful design features.
The Best Bulbs for Bathroom Lighting
When shopping for bathroom light bulbs, your choice can make all the difference in the final result. Halogen bulbs are more expensive but will last longer than incandescent bulbs. Additionally, opaque or frosted bulbs create fewer shadows than clear bulbs do. LED bulbs are also durable and use less energy than other options. Bathroom humidity won’t affect them, and they don’t emit much heat. When choosing LED bulbs, choose cool white or bright white bulbs. You should also consider installing a dimmer switch in your bathroom. This gives you more flexibility and control over your bathroom environment.
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