Choosing The Right Bathroom Light Fixtures

 





One of the most important parts in overall bathroom design plays the lighting. The combination of daylight coming through the windows and the artificial light emitted by light fixtures should be well-thought-out. There are some tricks to improve the bathroom lighting. A good idea is to use dimmers to be able to create a romantic atmosphere when taking a relaxing bath. You may also use smart phone controlled LED lights which are able to change their color and the intensity of light emitted (read more about such lights in the article Smart LED Lights: Buying Options for Your Home).

The most popular types of bathroom lighting are vanity lights, sconces, pendant lights, recessed lights and accent lights.

Pendant Lights

Bathroom Pendant Lights
Bathroom Pendant Lights

You can install pendant lights over the bathroom sink, just remember to leave enough space for the tallest member of the family. He or she should be able to use the sink without risk of hitting the head on a hanging light. If there are windows in your bathroom, the clever idea will be opting for smaller light fixtures because the large ones can block out the view.

Recessed Lights

Recessed Lights
Bathroom Recessed Lights

Recessed lights are good for use in a small bathroom. When used with LED bulbs, they are practical and economical choice. Install them over the shower area since it is usually separated from the other room with doors or shower curtains. Choose the light fixtures with glass lenses, as plastic will yellow in humid air.

 


Vanity Lights

Bathroom Vanity Lights
Bathroom Vanity Lights

For a more traditional style go with multi-light fixtures. They include a few lights mounted in a row and are installed over the mirror. The most popular are light fixtures with 3 - 5 lamps on it. They require little space while offering enough lighting for daily routine.

For a sophisticated modern look consider bath bars. These horizontal light fixtures emit the soft diffused light and can be installed in different places, for example on the sides or above the mirror, or next of the floating bathroom vanities.

Sconces

Sconces in a Bathroom
Sconces in a Bathroom

Sconces are usually used in classic interiors, however there are models that will look great in a modern bathroom design. As a rule they are placed on the sides of a bathroom mirror. There are thousands of styles and designs of these light fixtures on the market today to fit in absolutely any bathroom decor. Although people usually choose sconces for aesthetic reasons, there are some practical factors that can make them the best lighting solution. For example if your ceiling is not very high, you'll probably not be able to hang pendants or install vanity lights above the mirror. In this case sconces will become a perfect choice.

Accent lights

Bathroom Accent Lights
Bathroom Accent Lights

If, for any reason, you prefer not to install permanent light fixtures to your bathroom, then accent lights will be a good solution. Small table lights, floor lights or even candles can create a dreamy relaxing ambience in the night. You can use battery-powered LED lamps or candles to get rid of wires. Using dimmers or smart LEDs will help to achieve the same effect with the permanent lighting.

You can buy bathroom light fixtures in local hardware stores or online. The specialized online stores based in the USA will usually provide a comprehensive information about the light fixtures they are selling. They also offer the best service and warranty. But the prices will be slightly higher than in online marketplaces like EBay, Amazon or AliExpress. It's up to you which option to choose. Anyway, remember that a high-quality product cannot be extremely cheap.




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