Great lighting in the bathroom is essential for so many reasons, especially around the vanity mirror and sink. However, choosing the right fixtures and knowing where to install them isn’t always easy. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what to take into consideration when shopping for bath lighting.
The light in your bathroom should be bright enough so that you can safely and easily perform personal tasks like applying makeup and shaving. White light with a color temperature between 2700K and 3000K is ideal because it mimics the quality of natural daylight. Color temperatures in this range give off a flattering light that is perfect for grooming.
That said, dimming is super important in the bathroom. If you want to transform your bathroom into an at-home spa to relax, dimming is a must. It allows you to instantly change the look, feel, and function of the room. It also allows you to adjust the light to avoid hurting your eyes when going into the bathroom first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night.
For the most flattering light, you’ll want to avoid fixtures that cast shadows. Mounting wall sconces on either side of the bathroom mirror will cast light evenly without shadows. A general rule of thumb is to hang wall sconces around eye level of the primary user. If you don’t have room on either side of the mirror, a vanity light or bath bar above the mirror is a great option for task lighting.