Tips for Choosing Bathroom LightingVolkan Agbas
Bathroom lighting is important for a number of reasons. A bathroom is a place that needs to be well-lit due to its many uses. It also needs to fit into the theme or style present in the rest of your bathroom. Here are some tips for choosing bathroom lighting.
Focus on Light Saturation
Since bathrooms are used for a variety of purposes, some of which are painstakingly detail-oriented, light distribution is more important here than in other rooms of your house. We’ve all dealt with the frustration of inadequate bathroom lighting when it comes to putting on makeup, shaving, and other activities.
Be sure to check out the direction and power your favorite light fixtures will provide in your space as you browse online or in the store. According to Forbes, “any bathroom can benefit from three layers of light.” Just be sure the light is distributed evenly, for a more pleasing experience.
Make Sure the Finishes Match
Your bathroom lighting and accessories (TP holders, faucets, etc.) typically look best when all the finishes match. While this isn’t necessary, most people opt to match the finishes of all bathroom accessories to create a unified look.
Trust us, this one is easy to overlook and its impact only gets more irritating if it’s something you didn’t notice when you picked out those matte outlet covers, shiny stainless steel lights, and polished brass faucets.
Choose Your Style
Lighting comes in a variety of styles and designs. Bath bars are popular with those wanting a contemporary look. Bath strips (also often called vanity or Hollywood lights due to their popularity in dressing room sets and scenes on the big screen) create a glamorous and vintage feel.
Ceiling lights and chandeliers are statement pieces in a bathroom of any size.
Quality of Light
Many people don’t think about the quality of light a fixture or bulb gives off until they start shopping. But here’s a good example of why light quality matters: when you’re driving at night and you pass a car without halogen or bright LED headlights, you often don’t think about the lights. But even passing one car with those big halogen bulbs and you’re likely cursing their brightness.
This is true with light quality in the bathroom as well. Having a warm white light in your bathroom can create a different ambiance and functionality in your bathroom versus a cool white or daylight fixture or bulb.
a bathroom is the only place in your house that is supposed to be wet, damp, or moisture-saturated at any given time. And everyone knows that moisture and electricity don’t mix.
Once you’ve narrowed your search based on style, size, light quality, and any other factors you deem important, make sure the fixtures you are looking at are rated for wet conditions. This is especially true for any lighting that will be above or very near your shower or bathtub.
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