Looking to renovate a bathroom? Dont overlook an important aspect that of artificial lighting. There are two reasons for this. First is that light has a functional role. It is not possible to carry out simple activities in the bathroom if the light is inadequate or if the source of light is such that the activity area is not lit. The functional aspect can be taken care of by using lamps of correct wattage and placing them at the required areas (wall or ceiling).
The other reason for this is that for most home owners, bathrooms are fast becoming places to recover after a stressful day. This calls for a bathroom designed to relax. Such a bathroom needs many things like the bath fittings which can imitate the spa, music, greens etc. It is but obvious that in such a bathroom the lighting cannot be ignored. Mood lighting can enhance the feel of the bathroom. However, what appeals to some might not appeal to others. In short, mood lighting is a personal subject one in which there are no rights and wrongs. Some people hang bath chandeliers in their bathrooms to get the desired effect in the small space. Now bath chandeliers are not a very common sight and might be considered a quirky idea by some. For others the quirkiness might be the novelty.
Before buying bath chandeliers ensure that the bathroom can indeed accommodate one which means that it has the desired height and width. Else look around for alternatives which might not be bath chandeliers but something equally novel.
Things to keep in mind for installing bath chandeliers
It should be at an appropriate height. Make sure that there is at least 8 of clear space between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor.
Try not to place it over a tub or a basin or the WC. Instead place it in the centre away from action areas.
Make sure it is hung securely and does not sway with light breeze.
Bathrooms are areas of high humidity. Make sure that the material of the fixture can withstand the moisture levels.
Pay special attention to the wiring. Loose wires will take away from the beauty of the bath chandelier.
Make sure to switch it off or blow out the candles (as the case maybe) when not in use.
Alternatives to bath chandeliers
Since most bathrooms are small spaces, it is not surprising that a large majority will not be able to use the idea of a hanging lighting fixture. Sometimes this issue can be resolved during renovation by pulling down walls to increase the size of the bathroom. However if constrained by space, look for innovative lighting ideas other than bath chandeliers. Wall hung lighting fixtures or floor lamps can be used for the accent lighting. To give it an old world charm place wrought iron candle holders on the wall with pillar candles. But be careful where the wax falls and blow them off when leaving the bathroom.