Bathroom lighting is one of those things that you never notice – until it’s a problem. Lighting design is a key part of your bathroom remodel or renovation, but it can be tricky. Here are some key points to consider, and discuss with your design consultant.
When it comes to bathrooms, privacy is naturally very important. So this makes lighting more complicated than in other rooms of the house. While windows can provide plenty of natural light, you need to be confident that your privacy is maintained, day and night. Talk to your designer about finding the right location, size, angle, and materials for bathroom windows.
The bathroom is where many people get ready to face the day: brushing their teeth, combing their hair, and putting on make up. So you need light which is clear, without being too harsh or unflattering. And there is the added challenge of placing lights so that they illuminate mirrors, without bouncing too much light around the room.
It’s boring, but it’s important! Bathrooms can be damp places, so your lighting design should not include any exposed wiring or unsecured power sockets.
Secondly, you should make sure that your bathroom lighting is adequate at night time. Older people and young children are especially vulnerable to falling over or bumping into things, if there is not enough light.
Finally, take the time to make your bathroom look good! At their best, bathrooms can be a precious sanctuary – somewhere we go to relax and re-energize. Choose light fittings which harmonize with your wider design, and are pleasant to look at. Make sure that the light is soothing, and not too dim or harsh.