Bathroom Lighting Fixture – How To Match Style With Safety?

May 27, 2015 | Bathroom

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Well thought out lighting and your choice of window treatment will contribute enormously to the character of the bathroom. Consider accent lighting to highlight key areas, mood lighting for a soothing atmosphere, or bright, functional lighting for a family room, but bear in mind that water and electricity are a lethal mix, and so the fittings you select must be safe. Your choice of window treatment has no such limits but should provide both privacy and style.

With that said, what are the key points to consider?

Firstly, safety features are of paramount importance when selecting lighting for bathrooms. Ensure ceiling lights are sealed within a glass or plastic steam-proof diffuser. Waterproof bulkhead lights – designed for garden use – work well in bathrooms, particularly showers, where the shower doors reduce the light level. Even though bulkheads are waterproof, always fix them high on the wall or overhead where they cannot be accidentally knocked or drenched by water from the shower head.

Fluorescent lighting gives a clear, shadow-less light but can look cold and harsh in bathrooms. Reduce the glare by placing fluorescent tubes behind a diffuser panel. Bathroom cabinets are often fitted with fluorescent lights to throw light on the counter-top below.

Good lighting will make it easier to perform intricate bathroom activities, such as applying cosmetic and shaving. It can also highlight hazardous wet areas on the floor where you could slip.

Bathroom lights are usually switched on and off by a pull cord inside the bathroom or by switch outside the room to prevent water from coming into contact with the mains electrical supply.

Now, if you are considering having one overall lighting for the whole bathroom, is that feasible? Well, a central light or several down-lighters will cast an even light over the whole room but can lack imagination and may be unsuitable for task areas.

The advantages of overall lighting would be that it is simple to plan and install; casts an even light over the room; wide choice of styles and fittings available. On the other hand, there are some disadvantages also. For one, the uniform lighting is not always interesting. And, it can also shows up imperfection on walls and ceilings. Of course, angles will be difficult to adjust to customize to your needs.

Another important element to consider is the window treatments lighting. You may consider using opaque glass. This glass can be plain, or have a textured, acid-etched or sandblasted finish, to echo the bathroom theme.

The advantages would be that this glass can obscure the view from passersby and at the same time allows maximum daylight to filter through. It also makes curtains or blinds unnecessary. However, using the opaque glass has some disadvantages too. Firstly, these hand finished designs can be expensive. It can also look cold and clinical. One more essential key point to consider is that this glass does not retain heat in winter.

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