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Bathroom Lighting: How Important Is It?

Bathroom Lighting: How Important Is It?

Answer: Very important! You want to see ALL of the potentially slippery surfaces. Per the Centers for Disease Control, the bathroom is the number ONE room at home where falls take place. No one likes falling. It hurts and can result in serious injuries that take you to the hospital. And then you have pesky hospital bills. Do you see how important bathroom lighting is now?

It is worthwhile to have lighting in different parts of the bathroom at various angles for particular tasks. Think about your bathroom right now. Do you have general lighting from the center of the ceiling with a down light or a globe? Most bathrooms do have this feature. This lighting is great for moving in the bathroom from point A to point B, but general lighting does not work for everything.

Having a hard time telling the difference between the shampoo and conditioner? Are you cutting yourself while shaving? Then you probably do not have adequate lighting in your shower or shower bathtub. I feel your pain literally and figuratively. I too have used showers with no lighting and needlessly suffered in the darkness.

Not to worry though! Let me tell you about your options for shower lighting! You can place a globe in the center of the shower ceiling. But let's talk about some other more interesting options: strip lights on the ceiling and/or floor, wall mounted down lights, down lights faced sideways from the wall, or a row of LED lights on the wall. Any of these options would improve your safety while showering!

 John Cullen Lighting

John Cullen Lighting

 John Cullen Lighting

John Cullen Lighting

Hey, we also need to consider lighting for our friend, the toilet. Standing up from the toilet is another potential fall in the bathroom. Extra lighting helps you clearly see where you’re moving! Some suggestions for additional lighting include: a globe light overhead, two down lights, a low glow wall wash, floor level lighting, or cove lighting.

 FORM Architectural Bureau

FORM Architectural Bureau

Lastly, do you squint at yourself in the mirror because it’s too dark? Or do you find yourself turning away from your reflection because the lighting is too harsh? What you need is light from all sides and angles to flatter your features! Combine an overhead light with a mirror affixed slightly away from the wall with the light source set behind the mirror on the sides or on all sides. A fun, glamorous way to light up the mirror is to install spotlights around the mirror on each side. Warning: people may linger at your bathroom mirror longer than usual!

 Decoist

Decoist

 Decoist

Decoist

Whatever you decide to do with your bathroom lighting, consider adding a dimmer to control the light intensity in the room. A dimmer allows you to create a more relaxing mood if you are taking a bath or choose to leave on the bathroom light during the night. We all differ in how much light intensity we need to see our environment, however, it’s essential we have lighting to see all parts of the bathroom for our daily needs! For more diagrams on different types of bathroom lighting, click here.

Reference: House Plans Helper