More spacious and multi-functional than ever before, the
modern bathroom has become a private oasis for relaxation and self-indulgence. With the right lighting you can create a more
calming and comfortable atmosphere. Proper bathroom lighting blends both
function and style.
Ambient lighting also known as general lighting is the base
layer of light that illuminates the overall space in the bathroom. Recessed
ceiling fixtures and indirect lighting that bounces off the ceiling or the
walls are a good source.
Task lighting is the light by which you see yourself. It’s
an important layer of light for applying makeup, shaving and tooth care. Avoid
making the most common mistake of installing recessed lighting fixtures above
the mirror. This would throw a strong light on your forehead and cast shadows below
your eyes, nose and chin. This type of light would make grooming tasks more
Proper task lighting at the mirror includes sconces on both
side of the mirror at eye level. This provides lighting at the appropriate
level for preparing yourself for the day. Choose fixtures that blend with the
rest of the decor adding a layer of decorative lighting. Whether your style is
traditional, contemporary or rustic there are sconces available to suit your
What Wattage should you use?
Install fixtures that take 75-100 watts. To save on energy
install compact fluorescent light bulbs that use 24-26 watts or 20-25 watt LED
What color temperature
The color range should be anywhere from Cool White, 4100
Kelvin to Daylight, 6000 Kelvin. This is the preferred color temperature for
task lighting. It provides a crisp white light that is best suited for viewing
things in its true color.
For easier and
safer middle of the night trips to the bathroom, consider installing an LED system
in the space beneath the cabinet and vanity. An occupancy sensor will turn the
lights on when you need them and switch them off automatically once you leave,
saving you energy.
Shower and Tub
The lighting installed in the shower and tub area should be
bright enough for cleaning, shaving and reading bottle labels. Recessed
downlights designed for use in wet locations provide ample illumination.
Installing shielded fixtures will protect your eyes from the glare while lying
in the tub.
To add another
design element to the room, many modern designs implement decorative
chandeliers that blend with the rest of the decor, over the tub area instead.
This adds another layer of decorative lighting, adding to a relaxing haven.
If you have art
hanging in your bathroom, accent lighting will make it look its best. Recessed
directional light provides a focused light, highlighting the art and bringing
out its beauty.
Candles add a
beautiful touch of elegance and serve as another source of decorative lighting
at an inexpensive price. It adds warmth that cannot be replicated by artificial
dimmers in the master bathroom allows you to set the lighting to give it a
romantic vibe, while saving energy at the same time. Kids bathroom lighting
should have vacancy sensor switches so that energy isn’t being wasted when the
kids forget to turn the lights off.