A modern bathroom is not just a small room that serves a little purpose anymore, it has become a large, luxurious room that provides a place to unwind and relax while also serving its normal daily purposes. However, before an average looking bathroom can get to this stage, it is important the lighting is installed correctly.
In truth, the bathroom is a pretty important part of a home so it's a bit odd that the room's lighting doesn't really get much attention. The lighting of the bathroom is usually prone to many mistakes, from shades that cast shadows or glare to poor overhead lighting.
Discussed below are some good advices and tips to give your bathroom the best lighting at affordable prices.
The various kinds of lights a bathroom needs
Important bathroom areas to illuminate
The various bathroom lights ratings
The Various Kinds Of Bathroom Lighting
Generally, bathrooms should not be having a single type fixture. The room requires light of different layers coming from different sources. It is advisable to combine the 3 fundamental types of light (accent, ambient and task), so as to effectively address the various activities that go on in your bathroom.
This is also called general lighting because it illuminates the entire room. Ambient lighting gives you sufficient illumination to navigate through the room safely, read the labels on items in your first-aid kit and also bathe kids.
Combining it with dimmers can transform into soft, warm light to complement the illumination from your task lights.
Ambient lights are often ceiling lights.
This type of lighting provides directional and bright light that's more localized for an activity, such as personal grooming around the bathroom vanity. A very common installation is mounting a vanity light horizontally above your bathroom mirror. This will be sufficient for most of your everyday tasks.
If you don't want shadows to fall on your face when you are brushing, shaving or applying makeup, the best thing is to mount two wall sconces on either side of the mirror. When considering the best lighting to use for your fixture in task lighting, you need to check the bulb's Kelvins, which is also called color temperature.
In bathroom lighting, your bulbs should have a color temperature of 4100K or greater. This is called cool white. It is the very close to daylight and the depiction of color it provides is the most accurate. Therefore, it is the recommended for tasks such as make-up application.
MIRROR LIGHTING FOR BATHROOM
Before you can maximize the potential of your bathroom mirror, you'll need to illuminate it in the right areas. The vanity zone of the bathroom serves many functions every day, so the light has to be bright and there shouldn't be any obstructive shadows. Generally, vanity light is often mounted above the bathroom mirror, in addition to installing a light on the two sides. That way, whenever the mirror is being used, it will fully illuminate your face from any angle. For round or tall mirrors, or for whichever design you personally prefer, it is advisable to install a wall scone on the mirror's two sides. In order to properly distribute the task lighting, mount the scones at about 62 inches from the floor and they should be 29 inches apart.
However, the mirror's either side don't always have enough space to mount a light fixture. If there is not enough space and you can only install one, go for a vanity light incorporated above the mirror horizontally. In order to make sure your face will be illuminated fully, it is advisable to choose a single light with a length of 36 inches and height of 78 inches at the very least. Also, you can forget about installing the lights separately and improvise by combining the two lights together.