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Bathroom Lighting for modern living

Since the time when people lived in caves to the modern era, one problem has always plagued humanity:  lighting.  TherePayne-Stelle-VanityPen-Bath 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.

Fresh Concepts for Bathroom Lighting

Whether you take a quick glance in the mirror and go or spend hours primping in front of it, your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home. Why not make it a haven that meets all your needs of preparation and relaxation?

The latest trend in bathroom lighting is layers. Gone are the days of the harsh vanity lights. Soft ceiling lights over the tub, decFS_Bryan_Wall_APP_WB1901PN  orative wall sconces, and lamps on countertops are the new way. There are so many ways to transform your bathroom. Make a bold statement with art deco or retro lighting. Turn it into a sanctuary of comfort with candlestick sconces and chandeliers. Here are more ideas to inspire the designer within you.

1. Sconces. Who says your lighting has to be the sharp bright over-the-mirror type? Set mood lighting with side sconces and a dimmer. Create an instant change with colored lampshades. The diverse selections of colors and styles cater to your creativity. Some examples include:

  • Art Deco
  • Brass
  • Nautical/Cage Shade
  • Traditional lampshade
  • Crystal
  • Fabric
  • Candlestick
  • Vintage
  • Geometric Lampshades
  • Modern

2. Chandeliers. A chandelier can add a nice contrast to the rest of your bathroom and also help set the mood. Make a long bath luxurious without the need for candles. Make a statement with a bold old-world style. Incorporate your love for all things French. Check out these styles:

  • Three prong
  • Elegant
  • Old-fashioned Lantern
  • Italian and French styles
  • Venetian Glass
  • Venini
  • Dripping
  • Spherical
  • Antique
  • Simple Candlestick

3. Vanity Lighting. With so many styles to choose from, there’s always the right set up to complete your bathroom’s design. Some selections to consider:

  • Simple strip
  • Functional sconce
  • Simple light bulb fixtures
  • 2-5 light brass/copper strips and round bulbs
  • overhead fluorescent tubes
  • retro glass bulbs
  • classic dome shade
  • crystal pendalogue curtain
  • hotel style
  • vintage iron strip
  • glass vial
  • linear globe
  • modern grid

4. Lighted Mirrors. Lighting doesn’t have to come from overhead or sides anymore. Adding a lighted mirror to your bathroom provides the perfect place to get ready, a night light for those late night nature calls, and a better view for shaving and makeup application.

5. Ceiling Lights. These can be more than just the shallow box on your ceiling. They can be long elegant lights that extend from the ceiling, to soft cottage style lighting, to large vintage globes, and more. This vast collection includes:

  • Single Globe
  • Pendant
  • Understated
  • Wrought Iron wired cage
  • semi-flush, fluid flush, brushed steel mount
  • bowl-shaped crystal
  • art deco
  • recessed light
  • island lights
  • ceiling fans

6. Lamps. Sometimes a pair of well placed lamps is all a bathroom needs. Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Low-Hanging
  • Classic lampshade

No matter what your favorite style is—from farmhouse to old world, quiet elegance or shabby chic, beaker glass to dripping faucet—with so many varieties to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Contact us today, and we’ll help you design the bathroom of your dreams.

Tips to Enhance Bathroom Lighting

A proper lighting plan in a home can make it a much more efficient and comfortable place to live.  When you are looking to improve SGL Alturas_Bath the lighting in your home, each room in the house needs to have a different lighting plan based on the room’s use.  One room of your home that has unique lighting needs is your bathroom.  There are several bathroom lighting tips that you should follow.

Mirror Lighting Tips

Ideally, you will have different light sources in your bathroom.  One type of light that you will need to have is a very bright bulb around the bathroom mirror.  A bathroom mirror is frequently used to do makeup, shave, and complete a number of other tasks.  Since these tasks require you to be able to see your face as well as possible, having more light is very important.

Softer Light

While you may want a bright light around the mirror, you should also look for a set of lights that can provide you with a softer light.  When you are taking a bath or shower, having access to a more relaxing type of light could be very beneficial.  Having a LED light with a dimmer switch can allow you to control the exact amount of light in the bathroom and help you to save on energy bills.

Natural Light

If your bathroom has a window, you should also try and incorporate natural light as much as possible.  Using lighter shades and blinds can help to bring in more natural light during the day.

When you are looking to improve the lighting in your bathroom, you should contact us to learn more.

3 Lighting Ideas for Your Bathroom

When renovating a bathroom, you often think about the tiling that you want in the shower, a vanity that is the most attractive, and the perfect flooring for your needs. But that’s not all you should consider. Lighting is also important. In fact, lighting is an important element in any room, but bathroom lighting is particularly important.Kichler_Como_45170CH_45172CH_Bathroom_1000x807

3 Lighting Ideas Every Homeowner Should Consider for Their Bathroom:

Fixtures – You’ll want the fixtures over your sinks to add beauty to your bathroom as well as provide adequate lighting. For a small bathroom, a simple fixture with two or three lights might prove sufficient. For a larger bathroom though, consider more elaborate fixtures that hold four or even five lights. With the variety of styles available, you can find fixtures for any decor from traditional to contemporary to modern. For something truly elegant and unique, try art glass or fixtures with crystal accents. Once you decide on a style, place one over each sink, or select more of the same style to span the width over both sinks in a continuous line for a more striking look.

Dimmer Switch – Installing a switch so you can dim your lighting is a useful feature for any bathroom. Imagine taking a bath with the lights down low at the end of the day. Your tired eyes will appreciate the dimmer lighting, and your whole body will unwind more easily. A dimmer is also useful when you want to create a romantic atmosphere. You and your loved one can share a dreamy bath together without having to hassle with candles.

Nightlight – Every bathroom should have a nightlight. When you get up in the middle of the night, you won’t have to switch on the bright lights and blind yourself. With a nightlight, you can remain relaxed in the low light, so you’ll more easily fall asleep again after getting back into bed. Various styles of nightlights are available, from rustic to Victorian, so you don’t have to settle for an ordinary, boring design. You can find the perfect one that fits your decor.

For more ideas and information about lights for your bathroom, please contact us today. We can provide quality lighting products for all of the rooms in your home!

Lighting for Different Rooms in the House: The Bathroom

Choosing lighting for different rooms in the house isn’t as straightforward as you may think. You should consider each room’s purpose and layout when deciding what types of fixtures to use and where to place them. Start out by identifying what you need for your lighting to do for you in that specific room.

Is Your Bathroom Up to the Task?

For many, task lighting–illumination for a specific purpose–is the most important aspect of lighting the bathroom since it is where we perform tasks related to grooming and cosmetics-application. Lighting at a vanity mirror should neither diminish nor idealize your image. When it comes to bathroom task lighting, just like Goldilocks, we need it to be just right.

In smaller bathrooms, it is not uncommon for the only light fixture to be placed over the vanity–this can actually detract from your reflection. A sole source of light over the mirror casts unflattering facial shadows on those standing below it and that can make applying makeup accurately a challenge and lead to more shaving nicks than necessary.

There are several solutions to this problem. Installing eye-level sconces on both sides of the vanity mirror will balance the light level and reduce shadows by providing cross-illumination and diffusing soft light. Hanging pendant lights from the ceiling on opposite sides of the mirror or placing lamps on each side of the vanity has a similar effect. (Note: Bathroom lamps should only be plugged into GFCI-protected receptacles.) By ensuring both sides of a mirror are equally lit you’ll see a more realistic reflection.

Here are some more tips to consider when lighting your bathroom:

  • Soften The Strip

    Strip lights put off a harsh glare, which washes out the complexion. Choose frosted bulbs for strip fixtures–they cause less glare than clear bulbs and they soften the light in the room.

  • Maximize Your Mirror

    If you are lucky enough to have a window in your bathroom, place a mirror opposite from it to bounce and “multiply” natural ambient light.

  • Ace Ambient Lighting

    Recessed spotlights or halogens are highly effective for providing ambient light in the bathroom. (Note: Any fixture located over a tub or a shower enclosure must be vapor-proof and approved for use in a wet location.)

  • Buy the Best Bulb

    Skin looks best when bathed in warm light, making incandescent bulbs and fluorescent bulbs with color correction ideal for the vanity area.

  • Get Ready for Your Close Up

    A lighted magnifying mirror is an inexpensive way to add task lighting for shaving or applying makeup. A fixture or lamp with a swing arm positioned near the mirror can also help illuminate these tasks.

To learn more about effectively lighting different rooms in your house, please Contact Us.

Choose the Right Bathroom Lighting

We pay lots of attention to lighting for kitchens, bedrooms, and other rooms in our houses, but many of us don’t give enough Kichler_Como_45170CH_45172CH_Bathroom_1000x807 thought to one of the most frequented rooms in the house, the bathroom. Often it’s just an overhead light and a couple of lights over the sink. But there’s much more to lighting the bathroom than you’d think.

First and foremost, we want our bathrooms to be clean and bright, which is where ambient overhead lighting comes into play. But an overhead light that shines directly down on people is harsh and unflattering. Position overhead lights over the walkway area so that the light comes from behind you when you’re standing at the sink. You can use recessed ceiling lights — but use them sparingly. Even the largest of bathrooms don’t need too many recessed lights, and overdoing them breaks up the ceiling and makes it look like it’s full of holes!*

Vanity or sink lighting should have frosted or white glass, to diffuse the light and eliminate shadows. Although clear filament bulbs are popular these days, they tend to give off harsh, shadowy light. And stay away from anything with a fabric shade, which won’t hold up well in the often moist environment in the bathroom. You can use an overhead light, as long as it’s giving off diffused light, or mount sconces on each side of the bathroom mirror. Avoid an asymmetrical light on only one side of the mirror, though — it’ll cast shadows. Today’s LED light bulbs give off a much warmer light than when they were first introduced to the market, so they’re a great choice for good light and energy savings.

Shower lighting is also important. If your shower is 3-4 feet long, one overhead light is fine, and this one should shine directly over you as you stand under the shower, for safety’s sake. If your shower is longer than 4 feet, put one at each end. And install dimmers on all overhead lights so you can create a spa-like atmosphere for relaxing soaks in the tub!**

Yale Lighting Concepts and Design has thousands of stylish and functional lighting choices for your bathroom and for every room in your house! Browse our on-line catalog and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about any of our products.