Looking for a new way to light up your home?
Aside from traditional overhead lights and table lamps, good lighting can really change the feeling of a room. You can take your bedroom and bathroom from dark and dingy to cozy and welcoming with the right lighting!
Bathroom lighting can influence your mood during different points of the day – energizing you in the morning or encouraging you to relax in the evening.
Good lighting in a bathroom is especially helpful when you’re washing and grooming. Optimized lighting and daylighting are also important for circadian rhythms, which can play a big role in your overall health.
Here’s some basic design principles to consider for your bathroom vanity lighting:
- Keep lights as close to the mirror as possible and around as many sides as possible: Think Hollywood dressing rooms! Use the 2+1 rule: when you have one light on the left, one on the right, and one on the top. This provides even, shadow-free lighting.
- Ambient Lighting Needs: Bathroom lighting isn’t just for brightening up your space, but also helps you transition from day to night! When you want to wind down after a long day, harsh light can jolt you awake. Aside from a traditional ceiling light, consider recessed lighting or flush mount lighting to send soft light throughout the entire room rather than just one harsh light overhead.
- Utilize vertical and horizontal lighting fixtures to even out the lighting on the sides and top of your mirror. Multiple lamp shade fixtures diffuse the lighting so it will provide a softer, less harsh look. Linear fixtures offer multiple lengths that can be mounted either horizontal or vertical and on the top or side or a mirror for even lighting where it is needed.
- Choose LED: Set by the EPA, every ENERGY STAR certified lamp is evaluated against more than 20 attributes to make sure each product lives up to your expectations for efficiency. Upgrading to ENERGY STAR is the simplest way to lower energy use. Over time, you can save about $75 per LED lamp over the 20+ year lifespan of a typical fixture.
- Don’t forget light color! Picking the correct color temperature is essential. Look for color temperature of the light to be around 3000 on the Kelvin scale or “warm white.” This is a neutral shade that works well for most tones. Learn more about light color here.
Bathroom Lighting Safety
Bathroom lights could pose a safety hazard in the event that you have an electrical short. One way to ensure you’re safe from electrical shocks and potential fires is by installing GFCI protection. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is required for any outlets or switches that could get wet while using your bathroom, including the bathtub area, sink, and shower stall.
Additionally, consider night lighting for your bathroom. When the eyes are adjusted to darkness, very few foot candles are needed. All this to help prevent stumbles and falls. A 5-watt nightlight is just right for most homes, according to lighting experts.
RP Lighting + Fans is Your Preferred Lighting Supplier
The lighting in a bathroom is especially important when you’re washing and grooming. Optimized lighting and daylighting are also important for our circadian rhythms, which can play a big role in overall health.
RP Lighting + Fans has the vanity lighting you need! We have quality products priced right to meet your lighting upgrade needs. As a premier lighting supplier, we also have knowledgeable associates who can assist you in choosing the appropriate products for your specific application.