When you’re looking at re-modelling your bathroom, lighting is one of the often forgotten details which can change a room from a simple and functional place to a luxurious retreat. Of course, bathrooms are by their very nature a functional place and as such there does need to be a modicum of sensibility used when choosing the lighting…but that doesn’t need to mean that you can’t enjoy a little style and luxury in there too!
The first step to take is to decide what mood you would like your bathroom to have; if you like modern, sleek bathrooms then it might be a good idea to look at concealed or recessed lighting whereas a more classic or romantic bathroom may involve more elaborate fittings; a Victorian look for instance is always going to require more traditional light fittings and while this may prove a little more costly, the look is often extremely attractive.
The size of your bathroom is also important with regards to selecting the right lighting; a large room will require several light sources…above the mirror, close to the shower area and still more close to the bath area but caution is advised here as there is nothing less relaxing than an over-bright bathroom! It is important to select lighting which does not feel too sterile. If your bathroom is on the smaller side then you will probably only require two light sources…a ceiling light and a bright over mirror light for all those tricky personal grooming tasks!
Consider your bathroom as being split into various “zones”, bath, sink and shower which all require different lighting; while the sink needs a relatively strong light source, the bath area should be pleasantly dim so that relaxation is easy to achieve!
Whether you decide to choose recessed, hanging, strip or another style of lighting is of course largely to do with your taste; wall mounted lights can look surprisingly good in a traditional, romantically styled bathroom, especially if they are a simple and elegant design…think timeless rather than fussy as in the bathroom things do need to be kept pretty streamlined for practical purposes. If you prefer a more contemporary look to your bathroom then strip lights or recessed halogen ceiling lights look very modern and are easy to maintain too.
In terms of maintaining your bathroom lights it should be as simple as occasionally wiping them over with a damp cloth but if anything should go amiss which you do not fully understand, always call an electrician to make checks and repairs. Bathroom electrics require careful management and installation due to the close presence of water and only a qualified professional should attempt to rewire or fit bathroom lights.
The main points to remember are that you should ensure that you choose light fittings for the bathroom which are suitable for a wet environment and which provide enough light…dimly lit bathrooms are just as impractical as over-bright bathrooms! Try out different bulb strengths and play with the results…see what appeals most and what looks work for you best of all before deciding on your bathroom lighting style. The most important factor beyond safety, should be the look which you want to achieve and this is best managed with careful consideration and a little experimentation!
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