Since the time when people lived in caves to the modern era, one problem has always plagued humanity: lighting. There is no room in the house that is as dependent on good lighting and probably has the least of it as the bathroom. The interesting thing about bathrooms is more often than not, they are in a part of the house that gets the least amount of natural lighting. This is due in part because it is easier to run plumbing through the center of a structure and maintain the integrity of the pipes (due to temperature fluctuation, or just efficiency in getting water from a central location to all the rooms that need it). Bathrooms really only require a small window or a fan for airflow, by building code standards, meaning that natural light might be hard to come by in some bathrooms. In some ways, natural light isn’t even as desired as artificial light, especially for applying makeup, since it is inconsistent and might not give you a good idea of how things will look in artificial light.
Regardless of natural light, a bathroom is ideal when it is well-lit. Selecting the right fixtures can greatly improve how well your bathroom is illuminated for any use. What’s more, bathrooms don’t always require a lot of light. Stumbling into the bathroom in the middle of the night and turning on a full vanity mirror might be fine for applying makeup or removing a splinter (when you need a lot of light with a specific brightness), but it won’t make your retinas very happy if you are coming in from a dark room.
Consider different sets of lights for your bathroom. A vanity mirror in conjunction with general ambient lighting, or even just a light to keep things bright enough for a middle of the night visit are just fine. Whatever your preference, there is bound to be a system of lighting to meet your needs. You aren’t just relegated to having one bare bulb in a wall sconce anymore. Plus, creating a functional, yet aesthetically pleasing lighting system will also add to the curb appeal of your home, as well as adding to your home’s equity.
Contact us if you would like more ideas on bathroom lighting, from fixtures to illuminated sinks, faucets, cabinets, or vanities. Your home isn’t a cave, and you can bring the light to wherever you need it to be.