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Creative Bathroom Lighting Design Tricks

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Creative Bathroom Lighting Design Tricks

Every room in the house can be improved with more lighting, and the bathroom is no exception. For privacy reasons, bathrooms don’t tend to have large windows but there are still plenty of ways to brighten up a bathroom. In this post we will describe the various ways to brighten your bathroom from task lighting to reflective lighting, strip lighting, sconce lighting and more. Read below to find out which creative bathroom lighting design tricks would work best in your bathroom.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

What Kind of Light Do You Already Have?

Standard bathrooms typically have two main kinds of lighting, general lighting (a light in the center of the ceiling) and some form of task lighting (a light over an area such as a mirror or the shower.) While these light sources are adequate they don’t always provide ample lighting.

If your bathroom is only equipped with general lighting, we suggest adding task lighting. Examples of task lighting would be lighting above a shower, mirrors, makeup area, and over a stand alone tub.

Another quick fix can be replacing your old incandescent lightbulbs with LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. LED will give you a brighter light compared to incandescent; you will also save money as LED is energy efficient and lasts longer. With LED lights you can choose between a whiter light for cool colors or a yellow light for earth tones.

To improve the lighting in your bathroom, try one of these options below:

Reflective Light

You can increase the amount of light in a room by using reflective surfaces. Metal, mirrors, glass, and even white or light colored paint can reflect light to make your bathroom appear brighter and larger.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

LED Strip Lighting

LED strip lighting is a great addition to any bathroom due to its versatility. LED strip lighting is a long string of lights, (some are bendable while others are stationary) that can be added around the edge of a mirror (like pictured above) or medicine cabinet, above wall cabinets, or inside wall cabinets with glass doors. They can also be installed under a floating vanity or above the vanity toekick, making them one of the most versatile and creative bathroom lighting design tricks.

led strip bathroom lighting

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Sconce Lighting

When adding light near a mirror, you want to avoid direct light above your head. Overhead lighting will fall directly on your head and cast a shadow on your face making grooming difficult. The addition of sconce lights on either side of the mirror lights your face evenly.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

Dimmers

Dimmers can be a very simple fix to change the feel of your bathroom. Instead of having to turn on a bright light at any time of the day, you can vary the intensity of the lights. Dimmers allow for a softer light in early mornings and late nights.

 

If you’re in the market for a bathroom remodel let the pros at Re-Bath help ensure your beautiful new bathroom will be well lit. We offer Free No-Commitment Home Consultations with a Guaranteed Price on the Spot – so what are you waiting for – give us a call today!


Bathroom Lighting Design 101

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Bathroom Lighting Design 101

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Installing the correct bathroom light fixtures in the proper location can make a big difference in how your bathroom looks and functions. Typically, bathroom lighting consists of just minimal lighting. But, using good lighting design, you can change the look and feel of your bathroom. The following pointers will help you achieve professional results.

Type of light source:

 

cool light vs warm light

Cool light (left) vs. warm light (right)

The most common bathroom light fixtures use incandescent bulbs. Incandescent gives a warm light that enhances skin tones. It is the least expensive to purchase, but uses the most electricity. CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) aren’t quite as warm as incandescent, but they are cooler and about 75% more efficient. Halogen bulbs are more efficient than incandescent but burn very hot. LED lighting has been gaining popularity in the residential market place. It is higher in cost than the other types, but lasts much longer, and is very energy efficient.

Natural light from windows, skylights or solar tubes will give a warm and inviting light. And, it’s free light! If the bathroom is located on an outside wall and depending on the type of siding on your house, you may be able to add a window. If the bathroom is located directly under the roof you could add a skylight or solar tube.

Types of lighting:

Lighting falls into three categories; general lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting.

General lighting lights the whole room. General lighting sources are ceiling light fixtures, lights combined with exhaust fans, and wall fixtures.

general bathroom light design

General Lighting

Task lighting provides light for functions such as grooming, showering, and bathing. Bathroom vanity lighting is an example of task lighting.

task bathroom lighting design

Task Lighting

 

Accent lighting is used to accent or highlight an area or object. Use accent lighting for display pieces, wall art, shelving, inside cabinets with glass doors, and in a vanity toe-kick area.

accent bathroom lighting design

Accent Lighting

Location:

Bathroom light fixtures should be placed where they will deliver the most light for their purpose without creating shadows.
Fixtures for general lighting should be positioned so there are no dark spots in the room. Ceiling light fixtures, either recessed or surface mounted, work well. You many need more than one fixture to properly illuminate the entire room.
Position task light fixtures for grooming, shaving or applying make-up on both sides of the face to eliminate shadows and install at a height that is at eye level of the user.

Accent lights should be installed directionally so that the area or object is illuminated completely with no shadows.

Controls:

Lighting controls should be positioned so they are easily accessible. Install light switches 48” above the floor. General lighting controls should be at the entrance to the bathroom. Controls for task lighting should be located so the user can easily reach them.

bathroom dimmer switchA dimmer is an inexpensive way to add character to your bathroom. Dimmers reduce harsh lighting and glare. They can also give your bathroom a warm, cozy, and inviting feel. Newer dimmers have a slide control beside a standard toggle control. Once set, the same light level will be maintained every time you turn on the light until you change it.

Proper bathroom lighting design will make your bathroom easier to use and more attractive. Just changing your bathroom light fixtures can give your bathroom a whole new look. So what are you waiting for? See the light!


Bathroom Lighting Design 101

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Bathroom Lighting Design 101

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Installing the correct bathroom light fixtures in the proper location can make a big difference in how your bathroom looks and functions. Typically, bathroom lighting consists of just minimal lighting. But, using good lighting design, you can change the look and feel of your bathroom. The following pointers will help you achieve professional results.

Type of light source:

 

cool light vs warm light

Cool light (left) vs. warm light (right)

The most common bathroom light fixtures use incandescent bulbs. Incandescent gives a warm light that enhances skin tones. It is the least expensive to purchase, but uses the most electricity. CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) aren’t quite as warm as incandescent, but they are cooler and about 75% more efficient. Halogen bulbs are more efficient than incandescent but burn very hot. LED lighting has been gaining popularity in the residential market place. It is higher in cost than the other types, but lasts much longer, and is very energy efficient.

Natural light from windows, skylights or solar tubes will give a warm and inviting light. And, it’s free light! If the bathroom is located on an outside wall and depending on the type of siding on your house, you may be able to add a window. If the bathroom is located directly under the roof you could add a skylight or solar tube.

Types of lighting:

Lighting falls into three categories; general lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting.

General lighting lights the whole room. General lighting sources are ceiling light fixtures, lights combined with exhaust fans, and wall fixtures.

general bathroom light design

General Lighting

Task lighting provides light for functions such as grooming, showering, and bathing. Bathroom vanity lighting is an example of task lighting.

task bathroom lighting design

Task Lighting

 

Accent lighting is used to accent or highlight an area or object. Use accent lighting for display pieces, wall art, shelving, inside cabinets with glass doors, and in a vanity toe-kick area.

accent bathroom lighting design

Accent Lighting

Location:

Bathroom light fixtures should be placed where they will deliver the most light for their purpose without creating shadows.
Fixtures for general lighting should be positioned so there are no dark spots in the room. Ceiling light fixtures, either recessed or surface mounted, work well. You many need more than one fixture to properly illuminate the entire room.
Position task light fixtures for grooming, shaving or applying make-up on both sides of the face to eliminate shadows and install at a height that is at eye level of the user.

Accent lights should be installed directionally so that the area or object is illuminated completely with no shadows.

Controls:

Lighting controls should be positioned so they are easily accessible. Install light switches 48” above the floor. General lighting controls should be at the entrance to the bathroom. Controls for task lighting should be located so the user can easily reach them.

bathroom dimmer switchA dimmer is an inexpensive way to add character to your bathroom. Dimmers reduce harsh lighting and glare. They can also give your bathroom a warm, cozy, and inviting feel. Newer dimmers have a slide control beside a standard toggle control. Once set, the same light level will be maintained every time you turn on the light until you change it.

Proper bathroom lighting design will make your bathroom easier to use and more attractive. Just changing your bathroom light fixtures can give your bathroom a whole new look. So what are you waiting for? See the light!