Lighting Your Bathroom – What You Need to Know

We all know what bathrooms are for, but when you’re thinking about the ones in your house, don’t forget that you’re going to need lighting, too. This may seem simple enough, but there are all kinds of ways you can do more with this essential feature to make any bathroom in your home more fun and attractive.

Task Lighting

This is the kind of lighting you need to best see yourself. It makes sense, then, that it needs to be located near your mirror so you’ll be able to see your reflection.

While there are many ways you can do this, one of the most popular methods involves using a pair of sconces that sit at eye level and putting one on each side of your mirror. By doing this, you’ll get shadowless lighting and two very helpful angles. Task lighting like this is good for everything from shaving to brushing your teeth to makeup application and more.

Pick the Right Wattage for Task Lighting

This probably seems obvious, but it’s an easy enough mistake that it’s worth pointing out here when it comes to task lighting.

In your guest or master bathroom, go with 75 to 100 watts for proper illumination. You’ll also want to use a dimmer so you can modify your bathroom for the perfect amount of light. This is especially helpful in the morning when your eyes may be having trouble adjusting.

In the powder room, something around 45 watts is probably better. After all, this bathroom isn’t the space where people will be conducting their morning rituals. The lighting is more for ambiance and calm.

Don’t Put a Light Above Your Mirror

Now, some people who try to use task lighting make the mistake of putting illumination above their mirror. The problem is that this type of lighting is going to cast dark shadows onto your forehead, below your eyes and around any strong angles you have. In other words, it’s not going to be flattering and will definitely affect the way you prepare for your day.

Accent Lighting

Are you someone who likes a bit of art in your bathroom? If so, make sure you properly show it off with accent lighting. This is even more important in the guest bathroom because you want your visitors to appreciate the work you’ve put in.

Recessed directional lights will give off focused illumination that you can aim at your art for a great effect. This doesn’t just have to mean paintings, either. You could also use accent lighting for sculptures, flowers and much more.

Decorative Lighting

You can have a lot of fun with your guest bathroom by adding some decorative lighting. While you do need some lighting to be functional (e.g. task lighting), this doesn’t mean that you can’t use a light bulb for the sake of art, too.

Whether it’s with certain fixtures or placements, consider all the ways you could make your bathroom much more visually appealing by adding some decorative lights.

Ambient Lighting

Everyone loves ambient lighting and, again, it can be especially helpful in the morning when your eyes may not do well taking on direct light.

However, this kind of lighting is especially fitting for bathrooms with tall ceilings, cantilever details or coves. Installing along the permitter of the bathroom will make sure plenty of light is spread around in a very tasteful way.

Better lighting isn’t just about functionality; it’s also about style. If you want more of each for the bathrooms in your home, you now have the information you need to do so. Just take your time because once the installation is done, it will take a lot of work to undo it.

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