Bathroom lighting can be more diverse than you may originally believe. The right lighting can have a huge impact on the overall design of the room. It should be planned early to ensure all key fittings are illuminated correctly. This week, we have a guide to planning the best bathroom lighting in your home.
The best bathroom lighting: Quick tips
The first thing you should think about is where lighting may be needed. This is areas such as above the shower and vanity areas, plus ambient areas around the bath and in alcoves. With so much lighting innovation, you may want to consider which smart lighting options will give you the ambience you desire.
Of course, as electricity and water aren’t exactly best buddies, it’s important to ensure that any electrical fittings have the right IP rating (ingress protection) according to their proximity to water.
Look at a variety of light sources
With the right lighting, your bathroom can look different throughout each part of the day and through the seasons. In most rooms, you will likely need a range of lighting, as one central light source won’t work well with a change of moods. This can be easily achieved with light layering.
Bathroom lighting has to work on a range of levels. Consider how you will use the bathroom throughout the day. You want a bright and functional bathroom in the morning, especially around the mirror. In the evening, however, you may want the lighting to help you unwind as you have a hot soak in the bath. Consider fairly bright lights that point in different directions as opposed to bright spotlights for this option.
Ever find yourself waking up in the night to use the bathroom, only to have the lights shock you awake? Use low-level lights for a more dimly lit option instead. You can even implement a sensor so that you don’t have to use your tired energy to hunt for the light switch (it is harder after you’ve been asleep, even if it’s a simple switch).
Is your bathroom lacking windows? Ambient lighting can save the day here. Subtle LED strip lighting attached to the mains can add a touch of sophistication when running under a mirrored cupboard. If this isn’t your thing, you could consider adding a pair of wall lights on either side for a classic style.
Consider your lifestyle
When choosing the best bathroom lighting, it’s important to think about how you personally use the space. If you have a child, you may want to consider motion-sensitive lighting that switches on and off by itself. If it will only be used by adults, you may want to consider mood lighting, a dimmer, or even smart lighting.
Where to shop
It’s not just about the style of lighting, it’s about the brands you choose and who you choose to shop with. If your mind is packed with questions and you would like to speak to an expert who can help you make a smart decision, then why not speak to the team at ABM Electrical? We can talk you through the range of products we offer and learn about your particular requirements to find you the perfect products for your bathroom. To find out more, get in touch!