What You Should Know Before Choosing Bathroom Lighting
Without good lighting, your bathroom could turn into a drab and unattractive room in which people have difficulty seeing their way around.
And, seeing as we spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, it is important to make these experiences as comforting, relaxing and easy to see as possible.
So, what should you know before choosing bathroom lighting? Generally, there will be wall sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet or above the mirror and a ceiling light.
It is highly important to ensure that your mirror is well illuminated, as this is where the application of makeup, shaving and other grooming activities take place.
When there are two vanities in the bathroom (such as a his and hers ensuite) the lighting should be identical for both spaces.
So, what sorts of lighting can you utilize in your bathroom and what are the best fixtures to achieve this?
- Ambient: this will provide an adequate amount of illumination for safely maneuvering around the space and are often controlled by dimmer switches, which allow you to control the amount of light.
You can achieve ambient lighting with chandeliers, wall sconces and recessed downlights.
- Task: this will provide a small area with a direct beam of illumination and is not intended to light up the entire room.
They should be able to turned on only when you need them, such as for applying makeup or reading in the bath.
You can achieve task lighting with wall sconces and recessed downlights.
- Accent: this will provide 'visual drama' within your bathroom by drawing attention to certain features of the room.
They are often used to illuminate artwork or attractive architectural features, and can also be used to create a relaxing environment.
You can achieve accent lighting with track lighting and recessed downlights.
- Decorative: this draws attention to itself as being a feature of your bathroom in itself.
You can achieve decorate lighting with chandeliers, candelabras, pendants and wall sconces.
The first thing you should do before choosing your lighting is to determine how much illumination you need and where you need it, then make your choices from there.
You don't want to end up with too much lighting (it will heat up the room in no time) or too little (it will be difficult to do anything in there at night).