In this article we will discuss the use of bathroom vanity lights.
The bathroom is increasingly becoming a place of refuge, a place to wind down and relax after a long day or recharge for the day ahead. Up until a decade or so ago, the bathroom lights would have got the least consideration in the house. The lighting budget would be saved up for the public areas of the house; the living room, dining room etc with one single ceiling fixture for the bathroom to take care of the entire lighting requirement. But now with spa tubs and steam showers coming in to homes, the bathroom is getting a lighting makeover too.
A good lighting plan is a series of layers; a judicious mix of ambient, task and accent lighting. Adequate ambient lighting for the shower, enhanced task lighting at the vanity for shaving or putting on make-up and beautiful accent lighting to elevate the mood of the bathroom or accentuate that niche are all parts of the lighting plan.
Bathroom vanity lights should always get top priority in the lighting plan as they are hardest working lights in the lighting scheme. The following pointers will help you choose the best bathroom vanity lights:
Do not put recessed ceiling fixtures above the bathroom vanity as this casts shadows on the face making it harder for daily grooming rituals.
Do try and use vertical fixtures or wall sconces on either side of the mirror. This provides the best even lighting for the face. However, given the space constraints of many apartment bathrooms, this may not be such a great idea.
Do use a mirror over the mirror (or mirror cabinet) if side lights are not possible. This should be at a distance of 75-80 inches from the floor, approximately 150 W (or CFL equivalent of 12 W) and spread over 24 inches of a light fixture to provide even lighting for the face.
Do consider what size of fixture looks best for the bathroom vanity lights. A general rule of thumb is to not use a fixture that is longer than the bathroom vanity. Long vanities will require multiple fixtures. Double sinks look best with a single light over each wash basin. Wall sconces look best paired with a mirror light.
Do try and coordinate the finish of the bathroom vanity lights with the rest of the d?cor. For example, traditional vanity unit can have matt black or wrought iron fixtures while a contemporary sleek vanity can have polished chrome fittings.
Do not use bare bulb fixtures as this can be a shock to the system, especially first thing in the morning and particularly if there is no natural light in the bathroom. Use coated or frosted bulbs with frosted glass covers for the most flattering and diffused light. Another option is to use dimmers if budget and rewiring permits.
Do ensure that the bathroom vanity light that you choose is designed for the bathroom and that is waterproof.
An expertly designed and well thought out lighting scheme will offer years of pleasure. So think hard on all the options and decide what bathroom vanity lights suits you best.