Selecting the right lighting fixtures for a bathroom can be tricky. On the one hand, you need ample light in the space that would allow you to see well enough to expertly apply your makeup or contact lenses each morning. But, on the other hand, you also may want the option of dim lighting for those late-night trips to the bathroom or for when you are having a relaxing soak with a glass of wine.

Here’s what expert designers say about selecting lights for the entire bathroom.

Bathroom Lighting Ideas: It’s All About Layered Lighting

If you are completing a remodel project, it might be time to update your light fixtures as you replace your bathtub and mirrors. Double check that your new design has the proper light layering, including ambient, task, and accent lighting.

Ambient Light (Natural Light)

Ambient, or natural daylight, means light is present in the bathroom before adding light bulbs. There are many benefits of having this type of light in your bathroom. After all, natural light is best for makeup application in front of a mirror and general grooming tasks.

ambient bathroom lighting

While ambient bathroom lighting typically comes from a window in the room, it can also be mimicked for interiors bathrooms. For example, look for overhead lights or ceiling fixtures with white shades and buy lightbulbs that mimic outdoor light.

Other ambient lighting types include:

  • Flush mount
  • Chandelier (yes! in the bathroom!)
  • Pendant (track lighting system)
  • Wall Sconces
  • Torchiere

Task Lighting

Task lights provide the proper level of focused, bright lighting required for you to perform specific activities in the bathroom without strain. For example, you might need bathroom task lighting to help you read labels in your shower enclosure, so you know how many times you need to rinse and repeat.

bathroom lighting ideas over mirror

As you go about adding lights to your room, consider in what areas you need to have additional brightness.

To get more brightness, add the following types of lights:

  • Pendant
  • Undercabinet
  • Vanity Lights
  • Recessed Lighting

Accent Lights

As you consider your bathroom lighting, consider how bathroom accent lights can be added to create a subtle glow to your design. Some accent lights are positioned over the crowning beauty of your master bath – your beautiful tub or shower.

Bathroom Lights are Important – But Not as Much as Your Tub or Shower

We don’t wish to overlook the importance of bathroom lighting in creating a comfortable and luxurious space. However, all the lighting ideas in the world won’t help if you don’t have a top-tier shower or bath.

When you are ready to replace your shower or bath, contact Woodbridge.

Woodbridge Shower and Bath Will Modernize Your Master Bath

Woodbridge will replace your old, unsightly bathtub or shower with a sleek, new modern design. And if you are ready for a tub to shower replacement or a walk-in tub, we can also help you with those projects.

Woodbridge Shower and Bath have over 30 years of bathroom remodeling experience in the Dallas area. Schedule an in-person consultation by visiting our website.

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