How to Choose Your Bathroom Lighting

Good lighting is an essential part to any good room design. This is especially true for bathrooms, where we need the right types of lighting like the ambience lights for short visits to the bathroom or mirror lighting for when we are getting ourselves ready for the day and want to make sure we have not missed any spots when applying makeup or shaving it before going to work. 

Bathroom Ceiling Lights

Just like any room, it is important for the bathroom to have ceiling lights. This is because they provide general lighting to the bathroom. More often than not, ceiling lights are the only source of light a bathroom has, which can work if you have a very small bathroom but not so much for larger bathrooms.

When adding bathroom ceiling heights consider how bright you want your bathroom to be and take into consideration how much light can your existent windows bring into your bathroom. For larger bathrooms, you can experiment with different lighting options to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere. This is where ambient lighting comes into play.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is a type of lighting that provides overall illumination to a space, making it feel warm and inviting. Here are some tips for incorporating ambient lighting into your bathroom:

Choose the Right Fixtures

When selecting fixtures for your bathroom, consider the style and size of the space. For ambient lighting, you’ll want to choose fixtures that provide a soft, diffused light, such as recessed lighting or flush-mounted ceiling fixtures. If you prefer a more decorative fixture, consider a chandelier or pendant light with a dimmer switch.

Layer Your Lighting

Ambient lighting should be part of a layered lighting plan that includes task and accent lighting. Task lighting is used for specific purposes, such as applying makeup or shaving, while accent lighting highlights architectural features or artwork. By layering your lighting, you can create a balanced and inviting atmosphere.

Use Dimmer Switches

Dimmer switches are a must-have for any bathroom. They allow you to adjust the level of lighting to create the perfect ambiance for any occasion. Dimmers are particularly useful for creating a relaxing atmosphere for a bubble bath or a spa day.

Vanity Lighting

To choose the appropriate vanity lighting, start by assessing the size of your vanity and the amount of natural light available. A vanity located beside a window will likely suffice with a less brighter light bulb, while a double vanity in a dimly lit room needs a brighter and more exposed lighting.

One of the most common type of vanity lighting is sconces. For optimal lighting without any unflattering shadows, two sconces positioned at or slightly above eye level to the side of the mirror are recommended. This arrangement enables you to frame your reflection and accentuate your face perfectly.

Shower Lighting

If you have a walk-in shower with a door, it may be beneficial to include some recessed lighting. In such instances, it’s necessary to use a damp-rated or moisture-rated fixture for the installation of the recessed lighting. The type of fixture you select will depend on whether the light will be exposed to direct water contact or only humidity.

When selecting recessed lighting for your shower, consider the shower’s aesthetic and ambiance.  If you want to determine how much lighting is necessary in your shower, consider installing at least one overhead light in a single shower and two in a double shower. Some homeowners even add task lighting to the shower niche to light up bath products.

That’s it! We hope this quick blog post has helped you with some ideas for your bathroom lighting! 


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