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 difficult.
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 style.
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 bulbs.
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.
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.