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BATHROOM LIGHTING

How to Light a Bathroom

Too often lighting a bathroom is low on the list of priorities relative to other rooms in the house. But with bathrooms becoming larger and more elaborate, proper lighting is essential to making the most of the space.

Your bath should be bright and clean.

Ample overhead and task lighting are key. But bathrooms are now a room in the house where people are spending a lot more time, so you’ll also want the ability to create an atmosphere that’s relaxing and spa–like. Having flexibility to adjust the lighting is really important, which is why you should add dimmers here just like you do throughout the house.

Start With the Ceiling and Vanity Light, Then Work Your Way Down

First, ceiling–mounted or recessed lighting overhead for general illumination. You’ll also want to light the vanity area with some excellent task lighting, which can be a fixture above the mirror or sconces on either side. And you need to light the shower and tub area. You might also consider strip lighting under wall–mounted cabinets, which makes them appear to float in space, as well as illumination for wall art.

Don’t Overdo It, But Don’t Under-Do It Either

People often have a tendency to pop a dozen can lights into the ceiling to make sure the bathroom is bright enough, but then you end up with a ceiling that looks like Swiss cheese. Everything in moderation. Though, don’t make the mistake of under-lighting your bathroom, because ample lighting is important. Another reason dimmers are key.

Avoid Direct Down-Lighting and Asymmetrical Lighting.

You should avoid light pointing directly down on your head because it will be harsh and unflattering. Instead, 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.

GENERAL LIGHTING

  • Ambient: General lighting that illuminates the whole space; most often ceiling lights.
  • Task: Focused illumination for specific tasks, like reading or getting ready at the vanity.
  • Accent: Supplementary lighting that illuminates dark corners or small spaces.
CEILING LIGHTS

A ceiling light in the centre of the room is an easy solution for illuminating the entire space but may not be so effective for creating any level of mood or interest.

DOWNLIGHTS

An alternative to one central ceiling light is recessed downlights . You may only need three or four for a typical size 2 x 2m bathroom. Position them close to the edges of the room in order to get an attractive scalloped wash down the wall.

This approach provides very good general lighting but with a gentler, more sophisticated ambiance.

SPOTLIGHTS

If budgets are tight and you want to keep to a central ceiling solution then you could consider using surface-mounted spotlights.

These lights can be individually directed in the room to provide pools of light where you need it and creates a more interesting lighting scene.

TASK LIGHTING

The basin mirror in the bathroom is the equivalent of the desk in the office. It’s  the hub of operations, where most of the ‘work’ takes place.

There are several options, but most effective is a solution that illuminates both sides of the face to ensure an even, flattering glow with no shadows.

You can achieve this with either an illuminated mirror or wall lights positioned either side of the mirror.

ILLUMINATED MIRRORS

Every basin needs a mirror, so illuminated mirrors provide a simple two-in-one solution. Choose from mirrors with integrated horizontal or vertical lighting.

LINA

IP44 rated, conform to CE and RoHS standards.

This illuminated mirror fitted with our professional LED driver, for mains connection directly.

Available in daylight white LED, allowing you to create the perfect mood lighting to suit any bathroom designs.

LENA

IP44 rated, conform to CE and RoHS standards.

This illuminated mirror fitted with our professional LED driver, for mains connection directly.

Available in daylight white LED, allowing you to create the perfect mood lighting to suit any bathroom designs.

WALL LIGHTS

Take a leaf out of the hotel designer’s style book by fitting IP44 -rated wall lights either side of a mirror, or mounting directly onto the mirror surface using our mirror mounting kit.

Not only does this give a very sophisticated 5-star look, but it enables you to fit a mirror that has been cut to exactly the size that best fits the space. These wall lights offer a competitive alternative to the illumin ated mirror option.

ROMANO

IP44 rated, conform to CE and RoHS standards

This light fitted with a built-in driver, for direct mains connection

Long head ensures an even illumination across the cabinet , mirror front or beside wall

Available in daylight LED, allowing you to create the perfect mood lighting to suit your cabinetry

CANDELA

This light fitted with high lumen output E14 LED, provides enough lighting in front of mirror

Two ways installation, can be fixed to a horizontal surface or clipped on to the mirror directly by using additionally-ordered mirror mounting fixing

Available in warm white, neutral white and cool white LED, allowing you to create the perfect mood lighting to suit your cabinetry

EVA

Double-heads frosted glass lampshade, provides sufficient lighting for bathroom

IP44 waterproof rating makes it suitable for mounting within zone 1 and zone 2 areas

Available in daylight white LED, allowing you to create the perfect mood lighting to suit your cabinetry

VERONICA

Available in two varieties:

  1. Remote Control Color Changing IP44 LED Bathroom Mirror Light .
  2. Non dimmable IP44 LED  Bathroom Mirror Light in daylight white