Regardless of size, lighting is a crucial factor for bathrooms of all shapes and styles. Bathroom lights are not only important for aesthetic reasons, but also for your safety. For the elderly and small kids, the bathroom needs to be completely lit, be it through natural or decorative lights. Also, your bathroom needs to be illuminated perfectly whenever in use so that you can avoid accidents or injuries.
Whenever possible, let natural light brighten and freshen up your bathroom. But for night time, use sufficient decorative lights for each of your tasks. Here are some ways to light up your bathroom using decorative lighting fixtures.
For general lighting, you can use recessed lighting, chandeliers, or ceiling-mounted bathroom lights. You can use an ambient light fixture with a dimmer to help you with visual clarity at different times of the day. For overall illumination, fluorescent light bulbs or strips can work in the bathrooms. Go by your local area’s building codes when using pendant lights or chandeliers in the bathroom, especially above the tub. If your bath or shower area is large, you might need more than one bathroom light. For your shower area, safety is really important, so use practical bathroom light fixtures rather than mere decorative ones.
Another important bathroom light aspect is brightness by the vanity. Scone lights at both sides of the mirror work best as task lighting in this area of the bathroom. Install these lights at your eye level for best results. You can also use the side space on the walls by the mirror to install these scones. Avoid any bathroom light fixtures above the mirror as this can make it difficult for you to see and perform tasks in front of the mirror. For task lighting in the bathroom, use fluorescent lights with minimum 24 watts and for light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, use at least 20 watts if not more.
To add style to your bathroom, you can use wall arts with accent lights or an interesting-looking pendant light at the entrance or by the vanity. For large-sized bathrooms, you can easily use 3–4 pendant lights in all areas other than the shower space.
One of the best ways to light up your bathroom is to keep the artificial illumination as close to natural light as possible. For this, you can use bathroom light fixtures with white bulbs or you can use compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) or LED lights.
If you want a functional bathroom only with fancy features, you can opt for just the basics. You will need bathroom lights at the vanity and general lighting for overall illumination. If you can add an extra pendant light in the entryway or wall-mounted lights by the shower area, then these are the only lights you will need in your bathroom. To minimize your power bills, you can use all LED light fixtures in your bathroom.