Excellent lighting in the bathroom is very important: not only do we need to see ourselves and attend to bodily needs, we need to make sure that the room is well-lit for safety purposes. The best lighting design for any room is having enough light sources for the task at hand, having light coming from different directions and having the best bulbs for the room. Like the kitchen, when specific tasks need to be performed, the bathroom needs to have lighting that provides safety and functionality.
For some of the most common bathroom tasks, like grooming, teeth cleaning, hair and makeup, you’ll want to have excellent, white light that casts few shadows. For body care and bathing, a general ambient light usually suffices. Having lights on dimmers is best: this way you won’t hurt your eyes first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night. Dimmers can also be great for those households where leaving the bathroom light on all night is a must. Following these rules will help create the best overall lighting design for the bathroom.
Common light sources in the bathroom
Our bathrooms are where we go to attend to our bodies. We groom, prepare ourselves for the day or unwind. There are a multitude of tasks that we usually do in the bathroom and these tasks may require a different light placement. For example, applying makeup requires different lighting then taking a bath or drying your hair. Because a bathroom is rather small, you might think that you can get away with only a couple of ceiling lights. However, having the right placement of light will ensure that the entire bathroom is multi-functional.
Ceiling lights: this type of light source is great for overall room lighting or ambient light. This type of light placement forces light downward onto the tops of our head or the tops of surfaces, casting shadows along the way. It’s considered to be the least flattering type of light for the face however it’s great for lighting up the whole room. If your ceiling or overhead lights are on a track, you can direct the bulbs to shine on specific objects like artwork or the shower. Some ceiling lights can be combined with ventilation fans.
Wall lights or sconces: Lights placed at eye level are best for applying makeup or inspecting your face. This type of light direction doesn’t cast shadows along the facial features (think of the classic makeup mirror that has bulbs on either side of the mirror). Having multiple bulbs is better than having just one on either side – you’ll get the most even lighting with more light sources. If your sconces have lampshades or diffusers, be aware that the fabric or material may filter out certain colors from the bulb. When applying makeup, you want the broadest spectrum of light so you can accurately see the colors, so lampshades may not be the best choice for makeup. For decorative sconce lighting elsewhere within the bathroom, shades can help diffuse the light and make the bulb not as sharp.
Chandelier lights: The purpose of the chandelier or pendant lamp in the bathroom is usually decorative. The fixture may throw off light however its really meant to compliment the other lighting within the room. Any chandelier you install should be rated for bathroom application and be placed high enough above main walkways.
Windows or skylights: Having natural light in the bathroom is ideal. Not only is this the most accurate type of light with the best color rendering index, you’ll find that during the day you won’t need to turn on the lights quite as much. Skylights are another beneficial light source. Even on grey days, filtered light can create a greater sense of space within the bathroom and flood the room with light.
Night lights: Some homeowners are choosing to add specialized lights that are designed to stay on during the night and serve as a night light. The wattage for these lights is very low and the placement is sometimes near the sink, toilet or near the floor to help homeowners safely use the bathroom during the night.
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