Bathroom Lighting - Lighting for the Modern Bathroom
Of course bathroom lighting needs to be functional, but that doesn't mean it also can't be beautiful.
It's a misconception from years past that bathrooms must be brightly lit. Bathrooms have evolved over the last decade from simply functional rooms to mood setting and relaxation rooms. They used to be small and bright and sterile. Now homeowners are turning their bathrooms into private retreats or home spas. New lighting is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to upgrade the most used room in the house. Bathrooms are more spacious then ever and that added space leads to more functional areas to illuminate. From a lighting standpoint in the past, it was thought that bathrooms had to have bright lighting with high wattage bulbs and vanity strips so one could properly use the bathroom and see themselves in the best light. Bathrooms still require a certain amount of functional light to support daily activities in the bathroom, such as brushing your teeth, shaving, styling your hair or applying makeup. However today, the technique is to use layers of light to effectively light your bathroom based on thedifferent tasks areas around your bathroom. Bathroom Lighting is now more complex as bathrooms need many levels of lighting with different functions such as showering, bath area, styling and the sink area for daily tasks. A good lighting design requires multiple lighting types and styles for the highest impact.
The best vanity lighting utilizes cross illumination, which provides shadow-free lighting. In other words, you need a lighting solution over the vanity, as well as on both sides of the vanity, which lights the face evenly, and achieves the "cross-illumination" effect.
Task lighting is one of the most important types of lighting for the bathroom, and should be addressed with a lighting scheme for the vanity.
Ambient lighting is typically provided by ceiling fixtures, and is especially important in the bath because of varied mixtures of materials and finishes, many of them shiny surfaces like wall tile, floor tile and chrome faucets.
By introducing some lower-level ambient lighting into the bath it's less likely to cause glare by reflecting off of shiny surfaces, which creates a more pleasing and relaxing environment.