Home lighting means providing beauty as well as light, but unlike other rooms, your bath lighting should be first and foremost designed for function. But keep in mind that it can be beautiful as well.
The bathroom is where you and your family prepare yourselves to greet the world and so it needs the right kind of bath lighting. At the same time the modern bathroom is also a place to relax and where you go to read a book or simply to lie and wash away the cares of the day. Doing it right means achieving a balance between these two things - on the one hand bright bath lighting for practical uses and on the other softer bath lighting for more relaxing moments.
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In other words, combine task lighting for those practical moments, ambient lighting for general use and accent lighting for when you want to highlight certain areas. This article will focus only on the task bath lighting in a bathroom. In the bathroom, especially around the vanity mirrors, task bath lighting is critical. When shaving, preening or plucking, you want the light to be bright enough to reveal even the sneakiest of chin hairs, yet natural enough to avoid those embarrassing makeup muck-ups.
1. Remember you don't want your bath lighting to be too strong or too dim, and lighting that comes from the sides is generally more flattering than lighting that comes from above (there's a reason lights run up and down the side of mirrors in Hollywood dressing rooms!). It will cast an even light across the face and eliminate shadows. Also, consider installing a small lit concave mirror near the main vanity mirror. The concave curvature of the mirror will magnify what you see in the mirror and the additional light will help improve the bath lighting for special tasks such as shaving or applying makeup.
2. Whether you choose incandescent, LED or even fluorescent bulbs, make sure the light they emit is within the natural daylight spectrum. Bulbs that are mostly yellow or white will not reflect your natural skin tone. It is recommended that special neodymium light bulbs be used in the bath lighting vanity fixtures since they provide excellent light that very closely simulates sunlight. A neodymium light bulb is an incandescent light bulb that has a slight bluish tint to it. The bluish tint, created by a thin coating of neodymium inside the glass envelope, will cause the light bulb to provide less yellowish light like a standard incandescent light bulb and, therefore, be more like the sun.
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Designer bath lighting, such as chandeliers and wall sconces are used in addition to the lighting around the mirror. Ceiling lighting helps to illuminate the rest of the bathroom and can be used in the center of the room or in alcoves to improve overall conformability and safety. These designer fixtures help even out the light on your face and eliminate shadows during activities such as makeup application and shaving. Learn about proper interior bathroom light fixtures so you are able to provide comfortable, adequate, unshadowed light in your bathroom remodel.
3. Recessed lighting is an excellent choice for lighting up showers, tubs and toilet areas. In the shower and tub, recessed bath lighting can be angled to bring out tile design, stone inlays and other decorative design features in those areas. And anyone with a full magazine rack next to the stool can imagine what recessed bath lighting overhead can do for that space as well.
4. For mood bath lighting, your ambient (or general) lighting should be soft, warm and relaxing. A lot of the time, if the bathroom isn't very big, the vanity bath lighting will be the lighting solution for the whole bathroom. If this isn't sufficient, low-lying LED strips or step lights will give the room a soft, candle-like glow and create the perfect atmosphere for those long, luxurious soaks in the tub. This bath lighting can be recessed into the wall under a floating vanity, or incorporated into some joinery. For pure mood bath lighting, I suggest wall-mounted fittings. These will give just a nice, overall glow to the bathroom but not necessarily be aimed at anything in particular. However, sticking with a discreet bath lighting fixture that emits white rather than coloured light. It's best to keep bath lighting fixtures as simple as possible, so they're easy to combine with other things in the room, adding I normally recommend a chrome finish or brushed nickel to match the tapware.
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Think Outside the Bath-Bar Light ... when most people think of bathroom lighting, an image of a standard, wall mounted bathroom light fixtures above the mirror pops into their heads. While this is a very common form of bathroom lighting, it’s definitely not the only option out there.
5. If you dread the blinding glare that greets you on a 2 am toilet run, consider connecting your ambient lights to a bath lighting switch. It makes late night trips to the bathroom a lot easier, since you won't have to swing your arm up and down the wall like a bird in flight to find the bath lighting switch. And a dimmer switch isn't a bad idea either, so you can set your bath lighting to the proper mood. This also stops you from fumbling for switches or light up the entire house every time nature calls during the night. Also making sure you look presentable Monday morning takes a lot more bath lighting than that Saturday evening soak in the tub. A dimmer switch gives you the best of both worlds.
6. Just because the bathroom is primarily a place of function doesn't mean you can't inject it with a bit of fun and funk as well. It is suggested using accent bath lighting, such as spotlights, to highlight any interesting tiling or artwork. This will help create an interesting focal point and give the room some depth. If it's a larger bathroom you might also want to incorporate chandeliers to add that glamorous, decorative touch.