Bathroom Lighting - See Yourself

 

Bathroom Lighting - See Yourself

Natural light is often at a premium in bathrooms, which is why bathroom lighting is especially important if you're remodeling an existing bathroom or building a brand-new one. You'll want to explore a wide range of lighting fixtures to find ideas that suit your style, budget and bath space, but the basics will stay the same.

Understanding the Layers of Light
There is no one light fixture that does it all, but some fixtures can do double duty. In order to choose wisely, the first step is to understand the four layers of light.
Task: This important lighting illuminates “work spaces,” which, in a bathroom, is the vanity. The best task lighting at the sink area is two fixtures that flank the mirror to provide cross illumination. With this arrangement, you’ll prevent shadowing. You can use a light over your mirror if the design makes more sense, but you may run the risk of shadowing your face.
Other task lighting can be used over the shower. There are special recessed lights for this purpose, which won’t break or short out from steam.
Accent: This highlighting adds depth and dimension to the environment. Highlight plants from below or artwork, and give the space an illuminating glow.
Decorative: This is the “bling” in the bath. The purpose of decorative lighting is to add interest to a space. Examples include chandeliers and candlestick-type wall sconces.
Ambient: This gentle light fills the room and bounces off the ceiling. Tubs and showers need general light, and recessed fixtures with white opal diffusers are one solution as are ceiling lights.
No single layer of light can stand alone. If you only use ambient light for example, people will look great because shadows are softened, but it creates a “cloudy day effect” because there is no depth or dimension. task lighting placed on either side of the mirrors

How bright do I need?
When choosing light fixtures, determine what bulb strength they'll accommodate, and make sure it's the correct strength for your bathroom. You don't want the space to be under- or over-lit, so this is a key element. Perform a few tests with plug-in lamps and different bulbs before you decide on any lighting choices.
In East Africa we also have many choices in LED lighting. LED is the abbreviation for light-emitting diodes and is considered the most energy efficient.  These long-lasting bulbs are being embraced for their versatile commercial and residential applications and can save up to 85% on energy usage over incandescent bulbs. They are offered in a variety of base colors such as Red, Green, Blue and Amber which can be mixed to produce a wide range of options in your room.

 

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