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Updating Bathroom Lighting

Aug 18, 2007
If you are planning a bathroom remodel, think about lighting needs and how to best update for both function and pleasure.

Providing adequate light in a bathroom is very important. What fixtures you install will depend on the size and the needs of your specific bathroom.

The vanity is usually a focal point in a bathroom, and often the first thing a visitor sees. Lighting in the vanity area needs to both function well for grooming tasks and also be attractive and pleasing to the eye.

the fixtures installed, even in many of the new homes are often inadequate in the vanity area. The vanity is used on a daily basis for grooming and needs lighting that will not provide shadows.

Although bar lights over the mirror can be very attractive and are quite popular, they are not the best for the vanity area. The light in this area should be on both sides of the mirror at about face level in order to eliminate shadows when applying makeup.

Illuminating specific bathroom areas

Those who are fortunate enough to have a larger bath may have a number of areas and functions that could be enhanced by appropriate lighting.

Recessed or general purpose lighting can be adequate for short in and out trips to the bathroom and provide light for taking medications, brushing your teeth or taking a shower.

Providing the option of subdued lighting can add a touch of glamour and relaxation during a luxurious soak in the tub. This may be something to consider if you want to create a spa like atmosphere in your bathroom. In a bath with a large soaker tub or a whirlpool tub, subdued lighting can add much to the experience.

In the tub area precautions need to be taken. Check your local codes to see what is allowed, and what safety precautions you should take.

In some areas of the country, fluorescent lighting is required in a bathroom. If codes in your area have this requirement, consult a lighting expert about fluorescent bulbs and colors. There are various color shades of lighting that emanate from these bulbs and some are more pleasing than others.

Bathroom lighting fixtures are available today in a wide variety of attractive styles and finishes. You'll find fixtures in whatever style or finish you prefer whether it is vintage, traditional or contemporary.

Select bathroom lighting that provides both adequate light for your needs as well as adding to your decor. The fixtures you choose can add just the right touch to complete the look and style you prefer in your new bathroom.
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