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Questions to Consider When Choosing Bathroom Light Fixtures

For many home owners, picking the right light fixture for the bathroom is tricky. You need to have the right light for the right application.

In addition to bathroom heat lamps and exhaust fans there are three main lighting requirements for a bathroom, general lighting, vanity lighting and subtle lighting. Subtle lighting is usually warm in colour and low in light out put. Subtle bathroom lighting can be used while having a relaxing soak in the bath or as a night light to provide sufficient light during the sleeping hours for someone to use the bathroom without having to turn on general lighting which would be much to bright at this time of night.

To help you pick the right fixture, below are some questions to consider:

How big is your bathroom?

The size of your bathroom and vanity can help you determine the amount of lighting you need. Using a light fixture which gives off too much illumination or using numerous light sources can be overwhelming for small bathrooms. A good practice on getting the right amount of lighting is to fully utilise the vanity fixture only. LED vanity tube lighting can produce enough brightness for a small bathroom. You can install additional lighting in areas which is not illuminated by the vanity fixtures.

What is the design you want to achieve?

As with all thing style, design and balance are everything. There are a large variety of fixture styles which match or complement different bathroom styles. For example, chrome plated side lamps are a good addition to contemporary or modern styles. Oil rubbed bronze fixtures, on the other hand, are a staple for vintage or classical bathroom designs. Over mirror vanity lights need to be in balance with the length of the vanity mirror to look properly proportioned.  In regards to the finish of the fixtures, it is recommended to use ones which complement your bathroom's colour scheme without conflicting or becoming monotone.

A good rule of thumb is to use soft tones for the large areas and strong finishes for your small fixtures, a simple example of this concept would be white walls, soft grey hue tiles and bright chrome fixtures. Using the right finish to complement the colours of your bathroom can help you enhance the room's design.

How do you intend to use your bathroom?

Whilst the obvious function of a bathroom is to perform daily ablutions and personal hygiene, many people use their bathroom for other personal activities such as hair styling and applying make-up. In these cases, it is important to provide the necessary suitable task lighting which can be achieved best by using both vanity and general lighting at the same time.

The right task (vanity) lighting fixture can provide enough illumination to help accomplish most functions. The light should not cast a shadow on your face but rather you should be able to clearly see your entire face when illuminated on the mirror. Placing a light fixture in or on the ceiling above the vanity mirror can create shadow below your forehead, nose, chin and eyes when viewed in the mirror.

A good placement for task light would be wall mounted directly above or on both sides of the mirror to properly project the light on your face and body. As mentioned earlier the bathroom can also be a place to relax by taking long baths. In this case accent lighting is suitable in creating a relaxing mood.

If your budget doesn't extend to having separate subtle warm colour low level lighting, it is possible to achieve a similar result by having your general lighting attached to a dimmer, allowing you to reduce the light to a suitable level. By keeping these simply points in mind when determine the style, design and fixtures to use in your new or renovated bathroom you can be assured of an inspiring outcome.

Remember at Discounting Lighting we would be delighted to assist you with all your bathroom lighting, exhaust fan and heat lamp requirements.

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