The importance of bathroom lighting

Bathrooms are primarily a place to shower and freshen up, but aside from this you’ll spend plenty of time shaving, applying make-up and generally getting yourself ready to face the day. For this reason it’s important to have fantastic lighting in the room, so think about what you need, create extra space and eliminate shadows.

Which lighting would work best in your bathroom?

There are three main lighting types you should be considering in your bathroom:

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Strip lights: Strip lights are frequently used to reduce shadowing in the bathroom and are fitted alongside the bathroom mirror. This makes the application of make-up or shaving much easier and styles include globes or upturned/downturned cups. You’ll usually see strip lighting combined with halogen or fluorescent bulbs.

Wall lights: Wall lights are particularly ideal for complementing overhead lighting in the bathroom. Not only this, but wall lights will bring decoration to the room and could even be fitted next to mirrors to cut out shadowing.

Recessed or overhead lights: For the general lighting of your bathroom you shouldn’t be looking further than this type. These are particularly beneficial when fitted above a shower or commode, with varying levels of brightness from a soft glow to a bright light.

What are the various lighting styles?

When you’re considering the lighting you essentially need to think about your bathroom’s decoration and find something to match. For example, if you have a modern bathroom then sleek metal can look fantastic, whilst bronze could be more appropriate to maintain a traditional appeal. Matching the lighting fixtures with your bathroom design will help create a much better finish.

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What size lighting should you choose?

This all depends on your bathroom’s size. Whether you’re keen on wall lights, overhead fixtures or strip lighting, the first step is to assess your bathroom. Essentially you’ll want to provide enough light to carry out the daily activities, without it being visually overbearing. As a side note you’ll want to keep the lighting in proportion with other parts of your bathroom such as the cabinets.

Where should your bathroom lights be fitted?

Again, this will come down to the size of your bathroom. Your main priority should be to reduce shadows and this is where the placement of lighting becomes very important. For smaller bathrooms, one light source could be enough. With strip lights along the mirror edges you can drastically cut shadowing in larger bathrooms too and these are heavily recommended by the experts.

Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects.