Choosing lighting for a bathroom is like walking a tightrope. You want fixtures that are attractive, but you also want good light for shaving and applying makeup. Bathroom lighting should not be an afterthought. Whether you plan to remodel or install a brand new bath, think about lighting options as you develop your plans so that your electrician is able to install the necessary wiring boxes and circuits.
Some believe that the most efficient lighting for shaving or applying makeup is a pair of bare-bulb strips placed vertically on either side of a mirror. However, as efficient as they might be, they’re not really the most attractive option, unless you love the look of a stage dressing room!
There’s no doubt that good light is important, but you don’t want your bathroom to look clinical either. Think in terms of general illumination, specific tasks and, finally, additional ambient lighting.
Adding a heat lamp in a bathing area can be a “warming” idea. In addition, it will brighten the space and provide a bit of additional luxury in your bath.
A telescoping, lighted magnifying mirror can be a stylish and convenient addition. It can be placed on the vanity or wall mounted.
Finally, provide dimmer switches for individual fixtures so that not all lights are blazing unless it’s necessary.
Lighting experts tell us that placing a single fixture above a mirror provides the least effective illumination. Vanity lights should provide clear, bright light without creating glare or casting shadows. Place wall sconces on either side of a framed vanity mirror, or install the fixtures directly on (or through) a larger wall-mounted mirror. Doing so doubles the effect and bounces light around the room.
If you don’t like the look of “make up bulbs,” use bathroom wall lights with frosted shades that diffuse light. For a trendier option, hang a pair of pendants, placing them so they’ll hang about shoulder height above the vanity. A pendant is also perfect for a dramatic powder room.
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