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.
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.
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.
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.