Tips for Improving Bathroom Lighting
Any room, bathrooms and powder rooms included, can be given a new breath of life by revisiting the way lighting works in that room. And bathrooms can be especially fun to revamp because they have mirrors and a lot of other shiny features that can make them especially interesting, and cooperative with light play.
Bathroom Lighting fixtures can be set alongside the bathroom mirror, on it, or above it. Recessed lighting is great in restrooms because it doesn’t take up space where space already tends to be limited, and it blends easily into the architecture of the room. Recessed lighting is also self-sufficient, though it works well with other fixtures more decorative in nature that don’t illuminate as well.
The goal in placing lighting on or around a mirror is to eliminate shadows and completely illuminate the face in the mirror. Ready-made strip lighting is available, while similar effects can be attained in the use of other fixtures placed just the right way.
On the Side of the Mirror
Often, the best way to minimize shadows and gain complete coverage of illumination is to install vanity lights around the perimeter of the mirror. Shadows that would normally be cast by the chin, nose or brow are eliminated because lighting comes from the front and the sides of the mirror. When setting your fixtures, the most luminous part of the fixture should be in line horizontally with where your face will be seen in the mirror.
Over the Mirror
Vanity lights are designed to be versatile and can be placed almost anywhere. However, some fixtures are only appropriate above the mirror. They might be fully enclosed or may feature open diffusers that cast light downward or both upward and downward. There is a wide selection of over-the-mirror fixtures that only your personal taste can decide upon.
Sometimes, dramatic impact can be made by merely changing diffusers on fixtures that are already installed. By replacing frosted glass globes with clear ones, for example, you will increase the level of illumination and make the environment appear much cleaner.
Direct the Light
If you are using recessed lighting, angle the fixtures at walls rather than straight down. Walls and ceilings then act as conductors that accept the light and pass spread it out in a non-invasive way. This technique also reduces the amount of glare and shadow.
Use the Right Bulbs
If your bathroom mirrors are used to help you put yourself together—and hopefully, they are!—it is imperative to use lighting that accurately reproduces colors. Halogen lamps are the best choice in that respect, and incandescent light bulbs are also among the most flattering to skin tones.
If you have realized that your bathroom is too dark, but perhaps space or your budget are limited, you can increase the illumination by making a small change to your fixture. If your fixture has three unites, you can see a dramatic change by switching it out for a five- or seven- unit fixture. If the fixture wattage requirements allow for it, you may also see a significant change by using a higher wattage bulb (not to exceed the maximum wattage acceptable to the fixture, of course.)
You can also gain impact by placing a miniature table lamp on the counter if space allows for it. This is an effective, affordable way to increase lighting and give the atmosphere a new flair.
About The Author:Ingo Schaer is the President and CEO of Interior-Deluxe.com He has been in the lighting business for more than 20 years and is holding a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. He regularly blogs on a variety of Modern lighting and Interior Design topics, often focusing on practical solutions. You can find him on Google +.