Lighting is an inexpensive way to make the bathroom shine. Well placed
vanity lights and the creative use of other residential lighting fixtures
can turn a bathroom from just a functional space to a room with flair and
If you're considering renovating your bathroom, then don't do a thing until
you read this article. We've got some valuable advice and tips to make
bathroom lighting simple and beautiful.
Before you start designing your bathroom, have a good look at what you
already have. Closely examine the floor, walls, fixtures and fittings, water
outlets, electrical connections and existing lighting.
You should also consider your unique needs. Do you require extra lighting to
put on your makeup? Do you want dimmer lights? And, how much natural
lighting is available to you. When it comes to residential lighting, the
possibilities are endless.
Forget about having just one boring, oblong light along the top of the
mirror that casts ugly shadows everywhere. Unusual light sources like wall
sconces, skylights, lamps, and vanity lights provide a personal touch.
Most people begin their bathroom remodeling plan by focusing on the light
fixtures around the counter and mirror. You'll want bright, even light that
allows you to see clearly while shaving or applying makeup, but light that
doesn't give you dark, harsh shadows.
Fixtures like wall sconces should be located on each side of the mirror and
set at eye level to be most effective. Theatrical-style lighting stripped
along the sides and across the top of the mirror also do a good job.
Lighting fixtures and finishes must complement, rather than compete with
plumbing accessories, tile, paint and wallpaper. For example, if the
existing pendant lights have a nickel finish, then don't choose new lighting
fixtures with a chrome or brass finish. You want a pulled together look
where all of the accessories and fixtures complement each other.
Bulb selection is as important as choosing and placing the right fixture.
For lighting vanity areas, try colored or coated bulbs designed to enhance
facial features. Look for bath fixtures that light down so the heat
dissipates easier from the sockets and creates a longer life for all bulbs.
Recessed or canned lighting, however, is not the most ideal as a bathroom's
main or only lighting source, as it casts shadows across the face. Fixtures
equipped with incandescent bulbs behind glass or plastic diffusers provide
the most flattering light. If you opt for more energy-efficient
fluorescents, then choose warm white tones. They come closest to the color
of incandescent bulbs. Use frosted bulbs to reduce glare.
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The trends in bathroom lighting continue to become more unique and
contemporary. Instead of traditional bulb coverings, go exotic with
contemporary chandeliers, hanging lamps in colors that complement the
tiling, or even unusual track or fiber optic lighting.
Residential lighting doesn't have to be flat and boring anymore. Aim for a
coordinated look and you'll have a room that is functional and fabulous.