Bathroom Lighting

As the bathroom increasingly becomes a place to relax and recharge, the lighting requires extra thought. And when it's done right, the payoff is great. After all, this is the room where you start and end your day.

 

The three priorities for are to deliver overall brightness through general lighting, create functionality with task lighting, and provide a visually appealing space with accent lighting. In order to accomplish this task, you should incorporate these three layers of lighting into your space.

You may need one or several types of light fixtures in a room, depending on the layout, size, aesthetic and space available. Here is a checklist of lighting types to consider for a properly lit bathroom:

 GENERAL LIGHTING

TASK LIGHTING

ACCENT LIGHTING

Provides lighting for everyday activities

1. Recessed Lighting

Close-to-Ceiling Lighting                   (Flushmounts & Semi-Flushmounts)

Controls & Wall Plates

Focused Illumination for work spaces such as the vanity and mirrors

Bath Bars

Lighted Mirrors

2. Vertical Wall Scones

Controls & Wall Plates

Highlights a specific area creating a focal point or to set a mood

3. Chandeliers

Wall Scones

Pendants

Dimmers, Controls & Wall Plates

 

 

The most common mistake people make is putting recessed ceiling fixtures directly over the mirror. These cast shadows on the face, making daily grooming rituals more difficult.

Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror (36-40 inches apart) are best for casting an even light across the face. The center of each fixture should be roughly at eye level, or about 66 inches above the floor. This will guarantee even illumination across the face for grooming.