Have you ever truly stopped to consider the adequacy of your bathroom’s lighting? Though it’s likely the place you both start and finish your day, the bathroom is probably the most improperly lit room in your home. Because bathrooms are typically small in area, homeowners tend to be content with the idea that one small light fixture is enough to illuminate the entire room. This common misconception inhibits your bathroom lighting from providing you with the full range of services that it is capable of offering When planning your bathroom remodel, be sure to consult with a professional to achieve optimum lighting on a budget that best suits you.
Make effective use of your bathroom lighting
Of primary importance is your vanity lighting. You rely on this light on a daily basis to precisely apply your makeup, shave your face, and fix your hair. To look and feel your very best throughout the day, proper vanity lights are a must. Optimum vanity illumination is achieved by frontal lighting that is cast by scones or wall mounted lights installed on each side of your vanity mirror. Fixtures should be centered at eye level to ensure even distribution of light. This will minimize awkward shadows and unwanted contrast. Installing lights on the sides of your mirror may not be practical for your bathroom remodel if your vanity is particularly large. In this case, the next best option is to place a light fixture above the mirror. For an even and effective glow, the lighting fixture should be at least 24 inches long and should be mounted between 75 and 80 inches above the bathroom floor.
Tub and Shower lighting
Too often overlooked in terms of illumination, shower and tub lighting should be considered during your bathroom remodel. Shower lights can be connected to a separate light switch to conserve energy when the shower is not being used. One or two strategically placed recessed overhead lights can make a big difference and will help you avoid shaving nicks or slipping. Make sure that the lighting fixture you select is safe for use in wet areas. Also keep in mind that a glass lens is preferable to a plastic lens for your recessed lights, as plastic will yellow.
Without the proper degree of brightness, your light fixtures will remain ineffective, regardless of placement. When choosing the correct bulb wattage for your vanity lighting, keep in mind that a minimum of 150 watts is required for ideal glow. To find the wattage to properly illuminate your shower, make use of this formula:
Length of the Shower x Width of the Shower x 1.5
Consider utilizing dimmer controls for both the general lighting and shower lighting in your bathroom. Dimmers will allow you to adjust for your comfort, and to create an atmosphere for a relaxing soak in the tub.
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