Selecting bathroom light fixtures will to some degree depend on the size and zones in your
bath. A fixture can be for ambient or general lighting, task lighting for specific purposes or subdued
lighting for relaxation.
Lighting for the vanity
Vanity lighting should be provided on both sides of the
vanity mirror. Bar style lights
are designed to hang above the mirror. This type of lighting is very attractive, but is not
adequate for grooming and applying makeup. Recessed lighting is similar. While it is good for general light, it
is not a good choice in the vanity area.
Good vanity lighting should be balanced on both sides of the vanity mirror, and
at approximately face level. This will take a little compromise since members of the household will likely be
different heights, but it is better to err on the side of the women in the household. Applying makeup is best done
in good light, without shadowing. Sconces on each side of the mirror can be a good choice, and are a very
attractive decor addition.
Avoid using fluorescent lights in the bath, if you can. Some locales require this in their
code. While this is good for saving energy and money, it is better used in other areas of the house where
lighting needs aren't as specific. Fluorescent lights gives off different colors which are not good when grooming,
and specifically when applying makeup.
In some areas of the country fluorescent lighting is required for bathroom
when remodeling. If this applies to your area, talk to a lighting expert who can help you find bulbs which will
give off more complimentary colors. As a guideline: choose bulbs with a Kelvin rating betwee 2700
and 3000 when purchasing fluorescent bulbs. These cast warmer tones more comparable to the incandescest lighting we
are accustomed to.
Also be thinking about your other bath lighting needs. If you are adding a
whirlpool bathtub or a
soaking tub, you may want subdued lighting that can be used for such times that will lend to the relaxing
atmosphere and make this more enjoyable. Lighting specific to bathtub and shower areas have different
requirements depending on the building codes for your specific area.
Styles and finishes of bathroom lighting fixtures are diverse
Bathroom sconces make for good lighting both above the vanity and also elsewhere in the room for
ambient lighting. Many fixtures are available in a variety of styles and finishes. Brushed nickel lighting
fixtures are popular as well as brass. Bronze, chrome, brass, nickel and gold are available, and many of these
lighting fixture finishes are further broken down to polished, rubbed, burnished, brushed as well as other finish
sub categories. they also come in traditional, antique, neo classic and contemporary styling.
There are bathroom lighting fixtures to fit all tastes and preferences. Whether
you like the vintage look or the more contemporary look for a bathroom, lighting fixtures are plentiful in all of
the popular styles, and will not only light your bathroom but add much to the decorating theme you have