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Bathroom Lighting Tips

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 26, 2016 01:02 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Jan 25, 2016

When it comes to lighting a home, many people place great care in properly illuminating a kitchen or living room. What many people skip, however, is the bathroom. Making sure a bathroom is well-lit  is one of the most important things a homeowner can do. The ability to use a bathroom for grooming and applying makeup, as well as a relaxing bath or shower, is key. Achieving this balance can easily be done with the right bathroom lighting. Vanity lighting is the best way to get a well-lit bathroom. A bath bar, vanity light or pair of sconces placed on each side of the mirror will provide the best lighting for detailed tasks. Vanity lights should be placed above the mirror or on either side. For vanity lighting on the sides of a mirror, mount the fixtures at least 28 inches apart and around 60 inches off of the floor to ensure the brightest parts of the lights are in line with your face. If you do not have space to install lights on either side of a mirror, be sure the fixture above the mirror doesn't extend past the edges to avoid casting shadows on the face. Mount bath bars at about 78 inches off the floor. Look for a vanity light that includes a shade for each bulb to minimize unflattering shadows.  The true color of our face, hair, makeup and clothes is best represented in the daylight, so this is the quality of light you’ll want to mimic in the bathroom. We love using striking crystal vanity lights because they create a filtered light that evenly brightens your face while adding a sophisticated touch to your bathroom. Consider adding dimmers to your fixtures so you can always create the perfect mood. Having flexibility in your lighting is important; you can have bright task lighting or a more relaxing, spa-like atmosphere with lower light. Ideal finishes for bathroom lighting are chrome, brushed nickel, or stainless steel, which do not corrode as easily as other finishes. This is key in a damp bathroom, and especially one with a Jacuzzi bathtub that generates a lot of steam. One of our favorite crystal vanity lights includes the energy efficient  LED Keanna crystal bath light in a chrome finish, which adds drama and outstanding brilliance to your bathroom. Install this fixture over the mirror for bright, balanced light. Another of our favorites is the Sydney wall sconce (Style #EU8M679) with a distinct Art Deco look. Placing one on either side of your vanity mirror will evenly light your face from the sides. With these tips, you can now light your bathroom like a pro! There are hundreds of beautiful bathroom fixtures to choose from, so browse our selection today. Images: Euro Style Lighting






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