Bathroom Lighting Tips

In the bathroom, you need plenty of even, shadow-free lighting for shaving, grooming, and applying makeup. In small bathrooms, mirror lights will illuminate the entire room, but in larger bathrooms, an additional ceiling fixture is needed for general lighting.

Wall-Mounted Fixtures furnish general, task, and accent lighting. Many are designed to match and supplement dining room chandeliers, or to provide hallway, bedroom, or living room lighting. Use Wall brackets for task lighting at the bathroom mirror. They are available with a choice of incandescent, tungsten-halogen, and energy-efficient LED bulbs.

Tub and Shower – Light tub and shower enclosures by placing an enclosed damp-location recessed downlight in the ceiling. Highlight whirlpool baths or saunas with downlights. Install decorative recessed lights, which are functional and efficient.

Large Mirror – Fixtures equipped with standard incandescent, xenon, or halogen bulbs behind glass globes provide the most flattering light. If you opt for more energy-efficient LEDs, choose warm white tones. They come closest to the color of incandescents.

Small Mirror – For small mirrors, utilize decorative wall brackets on each side to illuminate both sides of your face evenly. You can also mount a wall bracket across the top of the mirror. A combination of the two will give you the most desirable light possible.