For many of us, our days begin and end in the bathroom. Come morning, it’s time to get ready for the day with a hot shower and at nighttime, maybe you unwind with a good book and bath. No matter your daily routine, an important part of it takes place here.
Think about it – when styling your hair, shaving or applying makeup, is there adequate lighting? If you fail to see that you have missed a patch of facial hair or overapplied eyeliner until out of the bathroom, it’s time to rethink your lighting design.
One Light Is Not Enough
Let’s say your bathroom is modestly sized. It’s not a master hotel suite, but there is a double vanity sink, a toilet and shower spread out comfortably. Installing one light fixture and expecting it to provide all the illumination you need is a common mistake.
What happens when the main light fixture by the sink does not distribute an equal amount of light to the tub? Performing grooming tasks becomes more difficult and, in some cases, a safety hazard.
Downlighting Casts Shadows
On the same note, a light placed directly above the bathroom mirror or shower is inefficient. Why? As soon as you stand in its path, you block all illumination and make everyday tasks harder to perform. For this reason, wall sconces on either side of the bathroom mirror make the best vanity lights and dispersed recessed cans work better than one flush mount.