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    Bathroom lighting ideas

    Make a splash on your bathroom lighting with these bright ideas

    Hannah | Oneflare

    A deliberate and intentional placement of lights in your bathroom will influence the entire space. Bathrooms require a mix of functional and aesthetic lights to establish an ideal ambience and complement the space. Get your mirror and wall lights just right with these bathroom lighting ideas.

    It can be tricky to do the lighting in a bathroom, because this room has many uses, each with its own lighting requirement. For example, you need bright, focused light when shaving or using the vanity area, but you want a dim glow when soaking in the tub. The most generic tip is not to install extra bright lights in the bathroom as they are harsh on the eyes and also create unwanted shadows. If you must go for high wattage lighting, install a dimmer switch so that you can control its intensity. A chandelier adds a glamorous look, but once again, it needs a dimmer switch because of its many light bulbs.:

    Lighting Options

    Natural lighting: Try to flood the bathroom with as much light from a natural source as possible. A skylight is a useful feature if your bathroom is located such that it does not get too much sunlight through the windows. You may install additional windows, but make sure you use frosted glass to safeguard your privacy. Use artificial light that is as close to daylight as possible, so that your reflection in the mirror gives you a realistic idea of how you would look outdoors.

    Use natural lighting as much as you can, through frosted glass windows or skylights / Source: Au Tiling & Bathroom Renovation Services

    Ambient Lighting: Any light that brightens up the entire bathroom, and not just one spot, is called ambient lighting. These could be chandeliers, overhead lights, downlights or wall mounted lights. The benefit of such lighting is that you can safely use any area of the bathroom. Do not place them close to a mirror or other reflective surface, in order to avoid glare. Dimmer switches will allow you to control how intense the light is to change the mood as desired.

    Task Lighting: When you need to illuminate only a small portion of the bathroom, such as for shaving or applying makeup, you can use task lights. Install these in front of you, to keep the shadows away from your face. If you need to light up your face evenly, lights placed on the sides and top of the mirror will do the trick. When you have task lights, you don’t need to turn on the main lights of the bathroom every time.

    Complement your mirror

    In our bathrooms, vanity mirrors take up prime position as we pamper ourselves. The right task lights are required for a clear and flattering glow when brushing your teeth, applying makeup or performing other daily tasks. A common mistake is to position recessed lights directly over a vanity mirror to accentuate the mirror but recessed lights cast unflattering shadows on your face, highlight wrinkles and add a harsh glare to the room.

    Source: Au Tiling & Bathroom Renovation Services

    Replace harsh overhead lighting with vertical fixtures along the edges of the vanity or mount sconces on either side to provide a soft and warm light that bounces evenly across your face. Sconces or bathroom light strips can add a complementary layer to your existing lights. Mount sconces along the mirror’s edge at eye level, to eliminate shadows or harsh contours of light. Surround your vanity with light strips that are the closest width to your mirror or opt for a sconce that complements your ornate sink or vintage mirror. Sconces are usually installed in pairs or groups of three, and can be plugged into a switch or hardwired to your home’s existing electrical system. With a variety of styles and sizes, sconces can be a functional and stylish alternative to harsh overhead lights.

    It is best to avoid positioning recessed lighting in the ceiling or lights that are directly above a mirror. Overhead lights are only recommended when sidelights cannot be added to the vanity. To cast a softer light, spread lights approximately 2m off the floor. Crisp, white bulbs will remove any unflattering lights and can be achieved with an LED light or a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL).

    Set the ambience

    Bathrooms are not just functional spaces but can also be relaxing spots to unwind and relax after a long day. Creating the perfect ambience can be achieved at any time of the day with dimmer switches.

    Dimmer switches allow you to control your bathroom lights and consequently, influences the mood of the space. The opportunity to dim your vanity lights or overhead lights provides the chance to brighten when necessary but also soften the lights when a relaxing ambience is necessary. Dimmer lights do not only cater to the ambience but conserve energy by extending the life of the bulb. Lower-watt lights with dimmer switches will also cut costs in your overall energy bill.

    Different light bulbs will render different colours in your space. Lighting fixtures with a white shade or bulbs with a white colour can best reflect daylight in a bathroom. LED bulbs have a wide range of brightness and colours available for your bathroom lighting. For an optimal daylight effect, choose an LED bulb with a colour temperature and brightness between 2700-3000 lumens.

    Use lighting to set the mood and ambience of your bathroom / Source: T.I Tiling

    Keep your bathroom on trend by adopting pendant lights or rustic sconces that feature sharp angles, glass frames or steel cages. For a touch of glamour, opt for a crystal chandelier for a classy sparkle. Coloured shades are also an inexpensive way to add colour and light to your bathroom.

    Positioning your bathroom lights and choosing the right colour bulb will make a vast difference in the ambience of your bathroom as you go about your daily rituals.

    Safety Considerations

    Remember that electricity and water are sworn enemies. It is recommended to install light switches outside the bathroom. If you must have them inside, keep them far away from any water source. To be on the safer side, you can install splash-proof fittings for the lights. Have a different switch for each of the light fittings in your bathroom, so that each one can be controlled independently.

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