Lighting Fixtures For Bathroom Lighting – Bathroom light fixtures are what takes a bathroom from a boring toilet room to a place that feels like its a part of your home. With careful planning and preparation, you can have a bathroom that looks like the ones you see in home and garden magazines.
Bathrooms are the most commonly looked over area in the home by my clients. Most people just don’t think to invest in bathroom light fixtures, and this leaves that area of the house feeling forgotten and unattended. Bathrooms are beginning to play a more important role in the home, as multi-head showers and saunas are being installed, but many people are forgetting the importance of lighting and its effect on the entire room.
A bathroom lighting fixture is much more than the light that goes above the mirror. There are many delicate things that happen in bathroom, things like shaving and putting on makeup need quality light to be done as well as they can be. A simple plan of where the light shines and how it should look will help you transform your bathroom to extraordinary levels.
When planning your bathroom lighting fixtures, careful attention must be paid to angles and positions of the lights. Think of the mirror like a flash on a camera, and how harsh and direct light can create sharp shadows on the face. This type of lighting is going to make shaving and makeup very difficult. A bathroom vanity light fixture should be above the mirror with bulbs that all the light to shine down. For increased quality of light, fixtures should be on the sides of the mirror as well.
Choosing the correct bulbs is also very important. My family is very energy-conscious and uses compact fluorescent lights all throughout our house, except in the bathroom. CFL bulbs cause the skin to appear very yellow, so we use halogen bulbs that give off a great balance of white light, and last a very long time. Most bathroom light fixtures are a series of lights that require multiple bulbs. This can be a major drain on the power meter, so use the lowest voltage light you can. 60 watt bulbs are usually too dim for single use, but when there are 4-5 of them they can be very effective at lighting a large area.
Master bathrooms should always be equipped with a dimmer for the main lights. This offers the ultimate lighting control and can turn a bathroom from a place to do your business to a romantic and relaxing getaway. Dimmers are surprisingly easy to install, and can be done by the average weekend-warrior who understands how to turn off power to the switch, in just a few minutes. Bathroom lighting is what makes a bathroom feel like its part of the home, and the proper light fixtures are key to making it happen.