Tips to Lighting Your Bathroom

Layered lighting is always important, but it is especially important in the bathroom. You need to layer your light for best visibility because if you don’t, shadow and glares will be cast. Your eyes will not see what is really going on, making it harder to function.

ET2 Lighting E23251-20PC Bangle 1 Light Bathroom Vanity Light Bulbs Included

Bathrooms need the best light because that is where you start your day and get ready.  The two places that need the best light are the vanity and the shower. There you need to add vanity specific lights and recessed lights. To supplement the vanity and recessed lights, try adding accent lights, such as wall sconces, because adding those will create the layered effect we need.

ET2 E22394-10PC Polished Chrome Wand LED 48 Wide Single-Bulb Bathroom Light Fixture
ET2 Lighting E22394-10PC ET2 E22394-10PC Polished Chrome Wand LED 48 Wide Single-Bulb Bathroom Light Fixture

Bathrooms give off the similar feeling as if you were looking at yourself in natural sunlight. You can find light bulbs that imitate natural light by checking for their Coloring Rendering Index (CRI) rating. Lights that have a CRI of 80 or above should be used in bathrooms. You can find halogen or LED light bulbs in most bathroom fixtures.

Maxim Lighting 10003CLPC 3 Light Bath Vanity Cubic Collection $298.00

You can’t just put any fixture you like into a bathroom. You need to make sure that it is properly rated. Bathroom fixtures need to be rated UL Damp or UL Wet since they are exposed to moisture. UL Damp cannot come into direct contact with water, but it can withstand moisture.

 

 

Illuminating Illusions: Quick Fixes for Cramped Spaces

Does your room seem smaller than it actually is? A quick way to create the illusion of space is to play with the lighting. Here are some tips to help.

INCREASE THE NATURAL LIGHT
One of the more permanent, but also more aesthetically pleasing, fixes is the increase the natural light through the addition of windows and/or skylights. Essentially, this allows for dispersed light instead of direct light, which eliminates shadows and reduces strain on the eyes.

INSTALL PENDANT LIGHTS
Another method is to install pendant lighting in place of table and floor lamps. The functional aspect of pendants is that they clear up valuable floor and table space. Also, pendant lights draw eyes upwards, which creates the illusion of more vertical space. Pendant lighting is much more delicate and reduce the large blocky forms that would distract the eye from the overall harmony from the room.

Carte 1-Light Pendant
ET2 Lighting E91041-39BZ Carte 1-Light Pendant

USE MIRRORS
The use of mirrors is a classic trick to create depth in a room. Mirrors reflect light and color to make rooms bigger.

Bacall Rectangle End
Bassett Mirror Co M3233EC Bacall Rectangle End Venetian Collection

SMALLER LIGHT FIXTURES
One last tip is to replace large overhead fixtures with several smaller lighting elements to create movement in the room as the eye travels. Large overhead fixtures tend to draw the eye to one spot, which makes the room seem smaller.

ET2 Lighting E22067-26 Rustic Country Two Light Up Lighting Wall Sconce Bloom Collection

 

 

THE RIGHT LIGHT FOR THE RIGHT SPACE

One of the most important elements to take into consideration when designing your home is lighting! If you’re at a loss in figuring out what type of fixture would fit your space best, just consider the function of the room.  Functionality can be designated as general, task or accent.

General Lighting – provides an area with an overall illumination. It helps zone the space and provide a comfortable level of brightness to see and walk safely.
Suggestions: Recessed or Track Lighting and Chandeliers 

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Task Lighting – provides light that helps you to easily see what you’re working on when focusing on a specific job (ie; cooking, reading, work etc.)
Suggestions: Pendant Lighting, Table Lamps, Floor Lamps 

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Accent Lighting – brighter than general lighting, its purpose is to highlight an area in the room by creating visual interest.
Suggestions: Wall Sconces, Recessed or Track Lighting

Savoy House 9-2033-2-128 Champaign Half Moon Sconce

Choosing the Proper Foyer Fixture

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It is imperative to have a properly lit foyer, as it is the first part of the home that guests see upon walking in. Choosing the proper foyer fixture is actually quite simple.

Fixture Height – In general, it is best to leave roughly 84″ from the bottom of the fixture to the floor. If your ceilings are below 84″, then try a flush-mount or recessed lighting fixture.

Fixture Width – In order to find a fixture with the proper width, simply add the length and width of the space the fixture is to occupy. For example, if your space was 12 feet wide and 10 feet long, the proper width for your fixture would be 22″ (12 + 10).

Style – Consider the overall style of both your home, and the entry. It should match any underlying themes of your decor and personal style.