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Choosing the Best Locations for Your Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom Lighting

The lighting you choose for your bathroom will make a big difference to its function and style. Just as crucial, however, is where that lighting is placed. Both wall and ceiling lights can provide your bathroom with plenty of useful ambiance, but which lights are best?

Both Wall and Ceiling Lights Offer Function and Style

Wall-mounted lights are the ideal choice when a specific area requires illumination. Ceiling lights are perfect for general lighting over wide areas. As well, each type is available in a wide range of styles, making it easy to match to your personal preferences. However, it is how each type is used that will determine its effectiveness for your bathroom.

Lighting Types That Benefit Every Bathroom

The lighting in your bathroom has to be just as functional as its faucets and countertops, helping you to accomplish several goals.

Task Lighting

Task lighting allows you to see yourself properly and accurately in your bathroom mirror. For this purpose, wall lighting in the form of sconces are best, as they will illuminate your reflection without casting shadows, which can make shaving or makeup application difficult.

The most effective height for sconces is eye level. They should be placed at either side of the mirror. Avoid using only ceiling lights or recessed lighting above the mirror, as doing so will result in the uneven illumination of your face and the creation of deep shadows.

Task lighting for your bath vanity should be no less than 75 watts and no more than 100, and placing these lights on dimmers can be helpful during groggy mornings and at night when you’re ready to wind down.

Bathroom Vanity

Ambient Lighting

Ambient light will fill your bathroom’s dark spaces with light. Typically installed in the ceiling, this kind of lighting works best when installed around your bathroom’s perimeter. Pot or can lights are examples of ambient lighting.

Bathrooms that have tall ceilings or architectural features like cantilevers and coves will benefit most from ambient ceiling lights. They are the ideal choice where large areas need to be lit, but where direct, glaring light may not be desirable.

Accent Lighting

If you wish to add visual interest and sparkle to your bathroom, accent lighting can definitely accomplish this task, as well as help to illuminate your space. Pendant lighting is a popular choice for bathrooms, and these ceiling fixtures can make great conversation pieces when placed over a feature like an antique tub or in the center of your bathroom ceiling.

Layer It Up

The great news about wall and ceiling lighting fixtures is that you can use both of these in your bathroom. For example, you can have both wall-mounted sconces on mirror sides, and pot lights above. You can also install a ceiling light over your shower and a pendant light over your tub.

Bathroom Lighting Effects

Achieving Certain Effects

Lighting can also be useful to create certain effects. For example, a great addition to your existing bathroom remodeling ideas is to make your bathroom appear more spacious by installing recessed ceiling fixtures. However, if you want to add more height to your bathroom, choose a ceiling fixture that shines light upward and covers the ceiling with light.

How to Enhance Your Lighting Choices

One suggestion that can help you make the most of your bathroom lighting is to place each light source on a different switch. In doing so, you have more control over which areas of the bathroom are lit, and at what intensity. You can also get another layer of control by putting your bathroom fan on a separate switch as well.

By combining the functional aspects of wall-mounted lights with the ‘wow factor’ of decorative ceiling fixtures, your bathroom can achieve a balance between practical and trendy.