Bathroom lighting should be practical and functional. The main source of light must be around the dressing table and mirror. This punctual light should preferably be placed at the sides of the mirror, avoiding any shadows over the face.  

If you want to put a light above the mirror, place an elongated fixture with several lamps; these sconces help eliminate shadows. Also, beware of recessed lights in the ceiling just above the sink, as they cause annoying shadows on the face. 

mirror light

To compliment accent lights, you can place a general lamp hanging from the ceiling. While in a small bathroom the light around the mirror is usually sufficient, in larger bathrooms, a more comprehensive lighting scheme must be planned. 

small bathroom lighting

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Tips for Bathroom Lighting

  • The ideal color to enhance the brightness in bathrooms is white; it visually enlarges the space, reflects light well and gives a sense of hygiene.

Bright white bathroom

  • Bathroom remodels are tough because a simple change of floors or walls involves the intervention of masons. With proper bathroom lighting, we have a quick and effective way to make an important aesthetic change.
  • The toilet allows a more theatrical type of lighting for a bathroom. Yellow light works fine for the guest toilet. However, the main bathroom requires a clear light, preferably with white halogen lamps.
  • When it comes to lighting in makeup routines, keep in mind not all the bathroom lights respect the colors. In this case, the halogen light is recommended, but also incandescent lamps too go well.
  • If the bathroom is large, or the bathtub is in a separate area or level, the latter should be illuminated independently. This bathroom light does not necessarily have to be clear; a warm light or any decorative alternative can be taken into account.
  • As a safety precaution, portable lamps should never be used.

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Bathroom Lighting Ideas and Tips You Should Know was last modified: April 20th, 2022 by Oriana Gomez-Zerpa
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Greta James
Greta James

Thank you for your advice that using sconces above the mirror can help reduce shadows. About a week ago, my husband and I decided that we want to remodel our bathroom! I am so excited. I think that we need to move the position of a lot of the lights so I can see my makeup easier. I think that we should look for local electricians that could help us movie them!