Small Bathroom Makeovers - Bathroom Lighting

I notice that every time I searched the web for interior lighting designs, the bathroom is given the least credit here. There are lots of pictures of beautiful lighting ideas on kitchen and living room. But less do I found information about bathroom lighting designs.

This Hub will discuss all about bathroom lighting designs. Decode and Explore the layers of bathroom lighting.

Types of Bathroom Lighting

Like it or not a comfort room is one of the important part of a house. This is the place where you start your day, take a shower, relax and release your evil stench. So why not give this part of the house some importance and install lighting on it to set the mood.

There are types of lighting that should go well in a room. They are task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. We will discuss each of these lighting types, such as their purpose and design.

Task Lighting - This type of lighting is used on areas where you perform a duty. The best example areas is the kitchen where you cook your food, so a bright light is needed in order for you to see clearly what you are doing. This type of lighting is also applicable on bathrooms.

Vanity lighting is used on mirrors, these is usually the place in a bathroom where you groom, shave, wash your face and brush your teeth. The common mistake in lighting these area is that most put their fixtures above the mirror or a lighting directly installed on the ceiling directly above the mirror. Well these lighting is not good enough as it can cast shadows on your face and you might sometimes get into long periods of grooming.

The appropriate vanity lighting fixture.
The appropriate vanity lighting fixture.
Elongated scones provide an even distribution light on the face.
Elongated scones provide an even distribution light on the face.
The wall-hung mirror can be raised up as the kids grow.
The wall-hung mirror can be raised up as the kids grow. | Source
The standard vanity lighting fixture.
The standard vanity lighting fixture.

A vertical lighting on the side of the mirror projects the best result. Take note, not all fixtures of sidelights are perfect. So it is better to rely on certain basic fixture so that your vanity lighting will be very effective. A suggested fixture of lighting would be 75 to 80 inches above the floor so that would be around more than 6 feet in height. The ideal placing of lights in between must spread over a fixture that's at least 24 inches long, a 150 watts lighting is ideal on this set up. This is to make sure to wash your face with bright light.

The 2nd most important part of the bathroom for task lighting is the shower, if the shower has a clear glass door then there is no need for a necessary fixture on the shower.

Sample of a pendant lamp
Sample of a pendant lamp

Ambient Lighting - This is referred to as an available light from all directions in a room without any visible source. In the case of bathroom lighting this light could be obtained through a substitute light or a fill in light in contrast with natural lighting. This type of lighting is mostly used among bathrooms. Let us face the fact, not all people have creative ideas when it comes to their bathroom. So they choose this kind of lighting, why? because this is the simple form of lighting, no hassles and complications. If you are creative enough to play with lighting, this simple type of lighting ideas could be achieved with class. Any homeowner can innovate this simple type of lighting. Instead of just installing a fluorescent at the ceiling, why not try a pendant lamp or chandelier. Another great innovation for ambient lighting is a cove lighting. This will cover much light on the bathroom using a simple type of lighting with an artistic approach.


Another cove lighting perfect placement. See how cove lighting goes well with task lighting( side-lights beside the mirror)
Another cove lighting perfect placement. See how cove lighting goes well with task lighting( side-lights beside the mirror)
Pendant lamp Sample With Style
Pendant lamp Sample With Style
The cove lighting experience, see where the light was placed. It is hidden from sight blocking the source of the light.
The cove lighting experience, see where the light was placed. It is hidden from sight blocking the source of the light.
Sample of Glass Lighting inside the Glass.
Sample of Glass Lighting inside the Glass.
Sample of a bathroom with cove lighting experience
Sample of a bathroom with cove lighting experience

Accent Lighting - Accent lighting can give focus and shape. Adding depth and shade to a particular object. It can be formed through spotlights, tracks and table lamps. Lamps are good for directing light adding depth to an object. This type of lighting is also applicable to your bathroom. Once it is in place, you have to decide what objects to highlight. Below are some objects which is appropriate for bathroom decorations. Adding accent lighting will give them dept.

  • Glass - You can achieved a dramatic effect by lighting this object through behind or below.

Sample glass lighting from below.
Sample glass lighting from below.
  • Books - This can be achieved by putting wall washers or putting a spotlight on the side of the shelf.

Sample of a books with Accent Lighting
Sample of a books with Accent Lighting
Sample of accent lighting on bookshelf dividers.
Sample of accent lighting on bookshelf dividers.
Notice that this museum is using accent lighting for the paintings.
Notice that this museum is using accent lighting for the paintings.
  • Pictures and paintings - Lighting paintings is a difficult task. To achieve an impact on paintings, you must know where to position the light. If the painting has a glass on it you may encounter a problem of glare or a bouncing back of light. You can achieve an effective lighting through the use of eyeball light. This can swivel and and lets you adjust on what part of the painting you can focus the lighting.

Sample of an eyeball light.
Sample of an eyeball light.
Figurine as a highlight.
Figurine as a highlight.

Samples of Bathroom Lighting Designs - Can You Figure Out What Type Of Lighting Do They Use?

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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Great pics, good illustration of how lighting can make a room look fantastic. Thanks for sharing, Voted Up!

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