Bathroom Lighting Buying Guide

Bathroom lighting has incredible power to transform both how you look and how you feel in the private retreat spaces of your home. Bathroom lighting guides a gentle transition from the low light of dawn to brightness of the day and lets you bathe, dress, and groom in light that flatters and enlivens.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

To make your bathroom lighting composition as hardworking and stylish as possible, review several factors before making a purchase. Those factors include size, color and material, energy efficiency and control, design and style, and light combinations. Whether your lighting choice is for a decorative update, a full-scale remodel, or a new space, keep the size of the room and plumbing locations in mind as you evaluate your options.

Size

Match your bathroom lighting selections to the scale of the room to create a sense of balance. If you choose a smaller pendant, for example, for a larger room, you may need several of them to maintain pleasing proportions.

Color and Material

The color and materials of your bathroom lighting fixtures and their shades offer ways to tie together disparate design elements in a bathroom.

Energy Efficiency and Control

Check out the light bulb requirements of your fixture (and pay attention to Energy Star options) to minimize future costs. In addition, controls such as dimmers can help you easily change lighting levels and decrease energy usage, too.

Design and Style

Fixture styles range from traditional to transitional, enabling you to easily match your bathroom lighting to your overall bathroom decor.

Light Combinations

No bathroom benefits from just one source of light. Think carefully about how to use various bathroom light fixtures to create a light combination that eliminates shadows, provides flattering illumination, and accents your design decisions.

Types of Bathroom Lighting

Types of Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom lighting is incredibly diverse, which means it’s easy to include multiple light sources and max out your usability of overhead, task, and accent illumination. For bathroom ceilings, options include ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, recessed cans, pendants, ceiling fans with lights, and track lighting. Sconces, floor lamps, and table lamps provide other choices. Evaluate each one thoroughly before creating your own individual mix of bathroom lighting.

Sconces

Sconces hang on a wall, typically beside or above a mirror or at regular intervals throughout a bathroom. They cast light upward or downward and hold one or more lightbulbs.

Ceiling Fixtures

Ceiling fixtures, either flush- or semiflush-mounted from the ceiling, typically are used to provide overall illumination in bathrooms. Larger bathrooms may contain more than one ceiling.

Chandeliers

Both decorative and functional, chandeliers enjoy newfound popularity as overall sources of light in bathrooms. Ceiling height and room size should be considered as you choose a bathroom chandelier.

Recessed Cans

Recessed cans provide understated, clean-lined light from above and offer an excellent way to complement another bathroom ceiling light fixture. Recessed cans range in size from diminutive to large and typically appear at regular intervals in a bathroom ceiling.

Floor and Table Lamps

Floor and table lamps provide incredible flexibility in bathroom lighting schemes. Some floor lamps can be adjusted to cast light as needed, while table lamps offer illumination on dressing tables or other areas requiring task lighting.

Track Lighting

Great for accenting decorative elements, track lighting also enhances overall flexibility; track-light lamps can typically be pointed in multiple directions to focus light on artwork, plants, or other accents.

Pendants

With the availability of smaller sizes, pendants have become an integral part of bathroom lighting. Small versions can hang above a sink, or a large pendant can provide a focal point in the center of a bathroom.

Ceiling Fans with Lights

When equipped with lights, ceiling fans circulate air in bathrooms as well as provide overall lighting. Newer super small ceiling fans sport ultraquiet motors and often just one or two blades, making them a great fit in small-scale bathrooms.

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