A Lesson in Bathroom Lighting
A bathroom is a safe haven, lighting it adequately should be given priority
In most cases and in most homes, the bathroom is often given the least consideration when lightings are being done. Most of my clients pour in fortunes to make their living room and kitchen attractive but when it comes to the bathroom, they put in very little resources. In most bathrooms I have seen, there is just one lighting fixed on the ceiling and this is supposed to do it.
A bathroom has gone beyond where one goes to do one’s dirty business. It has become a place to visit for relaxation. One can go into the bathroom to recharge, have a shower, Spa tub an even meditate in the silence of the four walls without any distraction. If this room is properly taken care of, one could benefit a lot from it because this is the room where most people start an end their day.
Having a good lighting structure involves, putting the right fixture where needed for various activities such as shaving, make up, shower,etc, while certain fancy fixtures are fixed to elevate the overall outlook of the place.
DECODING THE LAYERS OF LIGHT
As a result of its ability to work the hardest and light up the head an face for grooming, Vanity lighting is often the first to get considered. Fixing recessed ceiling fixtures over the mirror is a mistake often one by people. This is wrong because it makes the daily routines harder.
Sconces or vertical fixtures fixed on both sides of the mirror are more effective when casting light evenly across one’s face.
Sidelights may be unusable because of the size and positioning of a variety of vanity mirrors. That is why I suggest that the fixture be fixed over the mirror and should be fixed at about 80 inches from the ground and should also be 150watts at the very least like all Vanity lighting.
Lighting the shower is secondary. A dedicated fixture may not be needed in smaller bathrooms where the stall has a clear glass door. A recessed light with glass lens can be used. These fixtures work well for a free standing toilet or tub.
This is often used as an alternative to natural light. It is mostly fixed as a central fixture, mostly, a ceiling light mounted on the surface. I always advise clients to be more creative in their choices, asking them to go for either a chandelier or a pendant lamp. Cove lighting is another option. Rope lights concealed at the back a molding dropped quite a few inches beneath ceiling height — which brings about a soft illumination in the entire room.
A small recessed spotlight directed at a piece of attractive art or a lovely powder room basin brings about an additional layer of light in the bathroom. Like wise, a recessed shower fixture can be fixed at an angle that will highlight a nice tile work and make it glow.
LIGHTING THE VANITY RIGHT
Fixtures have to be properly fixed on both sides of the vanity mirror to avoid seeing shadows under the eyes, cheeks or chin. This fixture should be fixed approximately 66 inches above the ground or at eye level. This is the only way one can attain a certain level of even illumination across the face.
Vanity lights are fixed at standard height in this children’s bath. This can be adjusted as they grow older and taller. Set on a different control, rope lighting concealed in the vanity’s base edge serves as night-light.
Skin tones can be more accurately shown by a crisp white. A perfect example is a Halogen bulb. Low voltage varieties are particularly compact and a sparkling effect can be gotten from the smaller bulbs. These bulbs are a little more expensive than the regular bulbs, but can last at least 3 longer than the other bulbs. Several have screw-in bases; those labeled medium-base (MB) are fashioned like regular incandescent, so they match many lightings. The most recent compact fluorescent bulbs are also 10 times more efficient than the regular incandescent bulbs with good color rendering.
With these, you can have total control over everything, so this is often used by most light designers. The mood for every room can be set with this type of lighting. For instance, dimming the vanity fixtures might even provide an all in one ambient and accent lighting for a powder room in addition to the fact that energy can be conserved by dimmers. The amount of energy saved depends on how much the light was dimmed but you have to know that a bulb can last twice as long if only it can be dimmed just 10%.
You have to know exactly what to ask for although dimmers can now work for almost every light source. A halogen light or 120-volt incandescent will need an incandescent dimmer while other lightings have their own compatible dimmers. Once in a while, as filament vibrates, dimmed lights will buzz. Switching to a lower- watt bub ought to eliminate or at worst, minimize noise.
Safety in the bathroom should and wouldn’t be compromised for the sake of aesthetics. Water and electricity is as dangerous as ever and the bathroom is one place where they are both present in abundance. Before handling the smallest of electrical challenge or fault, consult an electrician. This is just for safety purposes.
The National Electric Code mandates that every outlets must have ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs); the more recent ones can be retrofitted to older outlets. One should never place a freestanding plug-in lamp near a tub or a sink, even when there is GFCI. This should not be confused with the less meticulous “damp-location” evaluation that’s attributed to many outdoor lighting.