There’s no way around it, I’d be more than willing to bet that any homeowner’s bathroom is given the least consideration when it comes to bathroom lighting. After all, there are way more exciting things to illuminate – the living room, dining room, kitchen, office. The list is practically endless. After all, these are the rooms that all of our guests see on a regular basis, so they are the most important, right?
Well, I beg to differ.
Sure, back in the day, the bathroom was mainly used as a place to bathe, brush our teeth and use the restroom. Today, however, a bathroom symbolizes much much more. The bathroom has increasingly become a space to relax and recharge, complete with a steam shower and spa tub. Because of this, giving bathroom lighting some extra thought is needed – and if the lighting is done right, you will never be happier. You will have the opportunity to start your day off right…in a perfect, tranquil, relaxing space.
As an artist paints in layers, you can apply light in layers, too…
Task Bathroom Lighting
Within the bathroom space, proper vanity lighting is imperative. These fixtures are necessary to illuminate our faces during grooming — without proper lighting our daily grooming rituals can become more difficult , especially when it comes to putting on make-up or getting that close morning shave.
You’d be surprised to know that the most common mistake that people make is putting recessed ceiling fixtures directly over the mirror. While these might “look” nice, they will cast showers over your face. A big no-no when grooming. Instead, it’s best to install vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror. Installations like this will cast an even light across one’s face.
Now, you might be taking the size of your vanity and its mirrors into consideration because quite often, sidelights can be impractical. Vanities come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes, so if you cannot add sidelights, only then would I recommend adding mounted lights above your mirror. If you must, then it should be placed 75 to 80 inches above the floor and contain at least 150 watts. It’s also important that it is spread over a bathroom lighting fixture that is at least 24-inches long – this way it will illuminate the hair and face evenly.
Task lighting is also very important within the shower. If your shower or bathroom stall has a clear glass door, such as a frameless shower door, it might not be necessary to have a dedicated bathroom lighting fixture within the shower space. If you don’t have a clear glass shower door, a recessed light would work well.
Ambient Bathroom Lighting
Ambient light is perfect to in a variety of different locations within your home or office. In the bathroom, however, this choice of bathroom lighting serves as a substitute for natural light. Quite often, ambient lighting within a bathroom is supplied by a central fixture – such as a ceiling light. If you’re looking for a bit of style within your space, you might want to consider using a pendant lamp or even rope lights. Despite what some might think, rope lighting is perfect year round – not just for the holidays. This soft glow can add touch of creativity to even the smallest bathroom space.
The image below shows a creative way to add rope lighting to any bathroom, ensuring that you don’t stub your toe in the middle of the night! And, it looks great!
Accent Bathroom Lighting
Sure, accent lighting looks amazing throughout the house – directed at art work, family photos or other decorative art, but it’s also just as beautiful within a bathroom space. You can even use accent lighting to aim a small recessed spotlight at a powder room basin or angled to highlight your brilliant tile-work. There’s nothing wrong with showing off different aspects of your bathroom, and it can provide the perfect serene feel that you’ve been missing, day in and day out.
Light that Vanity with No Shadows!
We all hate shadows. They don’t show us as we really are, and it’s frustrating to deal with such shadows during our morning routine. So, in order to eliminate shadows under the chin, eyes or cheeks, it’s important to mount fixtures on either side of the mirror (or even directly ON the mirror if it’s large) 36 – 40 inches apart.
All in all, there are so many different things that you can do with bathroom lighting to provide the perfect space for you and your family. If it’s a little relaxation and romance you want, no problem. The opportunities and techniques are practically endless and the great thing is, it’s all very much affordable, regardless of your budget range. If you are unsure of how you should approach the lighting within your bathroom, our associates are here to help with any questions or comments you might have – 24/7. In a later blog, I will discuss a few creative lighting tips for your bathroom, in hopes to provide you with some motivation and ideas.