Tips for Bathroom Lighting

in bathroom could be broadly divided into two parts namely

  • Ambient lighting
  • Accent lighting

Ambient Lighting

Some of the prominent characteristics of ambient lighting are:

  • This “fill-in” light serves as a substitute for natural light.
  • It is most often supplied by a central fixture, usually a surface-mounted ceiling light. Another option is “cove lighting” – rope lights hidden behind a molding dropped several inches below ceiling height – which adds a soft glow around the perimeter of the room.


Accent Lighting

A few important things about accent lighting are:

  • A small recessed spotlight directed at a piece of decorative art or a beautiful powder room basin creates another layer of light in the bathroom.
  • Similarly, a recessed shower fixture can be angled (most can be tilted up to 35 degrees at installation) to highlight nice tilework or fixtures and make them sparkle


Brighten Things Up a Bit

A few tips which you could use enhance the lighting of your bathroom are:

  • If your bathroom is too dark, there are several options.
  • If you have a 3-light fixture, you could change to a 5- or 7-light fixture
  • Select a higher watt bulb if the fixture can accommodate it.
  • Add additional light fixtures or recessed lighting.

Change Light Fixtures

If there’s just no solution with the fixture you have, replace it with one that allows for more light. This is a good opportunity to choose one that enhances your decorating theme and fits the style of your bathroom.

You might get a fresh look and more light by simply replacing the glass globes from frosted to clear

Add a Lighted Switch

Install a lighted switch for greater convenience at a place which is easily accessible. When you wander into the bathroom at night, you’ll know just where the light switch is.

Install a Pair of Wall Sconces

If your bathroom doesn’t already have them, you may consider installing a pair of wall sconces on either side of the mirror. The fixture should be installed so the light bulbs are just about eye level. You would need to ensure that there is electrical power near your installation point before you start drilling into the wall.

Set a Lamp on the Counter

If your bathroom vanity has enough countertop space and an electrical outlet handy, place a small table lamp there. Keep the lamp a safe distance from the water source. A decorative lamp adds a warm charm to the room and serves as a nice alternative to a night light