In recent years bathroom remodeling projects have become very popular. It really should come as no surprise since people use the bathroom area for a variety of different functions. From personal grooming activities such as shaving or applying makeup, to relaxing in a warm bath after a long day at work, the bathroom is actually one of the most used rooms in the home.
When determining the appropriate lighting fixtures required for such a multi-purpose room, it’s important to consider all the different functions that take place in the area. For most households, a single overhead light fixture is not flexible enough to meet all the needs for lighting throughout the bathroom. Homeowners should consider the times when they need bright focused lighting, as well as other times when they want a softer glow in the bathroom. This might be when they want to relax and unwind in their spa tub or when they make a nighttime trip to the bathroom. Other homes may house senior citizens who appreciate extra illumination as they are entering and exiting the shower and/or tub area.
Whatever the requirements, there are lighting solutions that will provide effective illumination. Track lig hting or wall sconces are great choices to add illumination around mirrors, where people typically need focused lighting for personal grooming tasks. Light strips on top of cabinets can add a soft glow that promotes relaxation, as well as providing some soft illumination for middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. Recessed lighting may be an option in some parts of the bathroom — spreading light to otherwise dark corners of the room. Lastly, depending upon the bathroom size, there may be enough room to add pendant lighting or even a small chandelier for added drama.
Bathrooms are somewhat unique in that safety concerns are a factor as well. When it comes to placement of lighting fixtures, there are certain building codes that must be followed in order to prevent occupants from potentially coming in contact with electrical components as they are using the tub, shower, etc. Before getting their heart set on pendant lighting to show off their new spa tub, homeowners need to check with local building codes to determine the safety zones around the tub and shower areas.
It certainly is possible to add lighting features to illuminate the challenging areas, it just takes some expert know-how. Here at Yale Lighting, we can offer great tips and advice on how to showcase all the important features of your bathroom. Contact us today for more information on how to safely add beautiful lighting to all your bathrooms.