HOW TO LIGHT A BATHROOM

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What’s important to keep in mind when lighting a bathroom?
Bathrooms are now a room in the house where people are spending a lot more time, so you’ll also want to create an atmosphere that is relaxing and spa–like. You want your bathroom to be bright and clean so the task lighting is the key. For some of my customers having flexibility to adjust the lighting is really important, this is why sometimes I put dimmers here just like I do throughout the house

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What are some common mistakes in bathroom lighting?
The first problem is not enough light. Another problem is when people install too many recessed fixtures so the ceiling looks like a sea of black holes.
I also would not recommend to install light pointing directly down on your head because it will be harsh and unflattering. Try to position your ceiling light over the walkway area so you’re lit from behind rather than directly in front of the vanity.
Asymmetrical lighting is another mistake. Placing a fixture on just one side of your mirror will create uneven illumination and make grooming difficult. Lastly, go for opaque or frosted bulbs.

What areas should be the focus of your lighting in the bathroom?
I always recommend ceiling–mounted or recessed lighting overhead for general illumination. Vanity area is very important, this is why you will need some excellent task lighting there, which can be a fixture above the mirror or sconces on either side.

And of course you need to light the shower and tub area. I usually use special waterproofed pot lights; they can be different in their design.
Recently the recessed shower heads with the integrated LED light becomes very popular.

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How has new LED technology affected lighting a bath?
LEDs energy–saving lights are convenient because you don’t have to replace the bulbs for years, but they are minimal in appearance so you can get a more clean–lined, modern look in the bathroom. Plus, today’s LEDs have more wattage and the light quality is a lot warmer than before, this helps you to achieve a more cohesive look when combining them with incandescent bulbs.

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