If you’re like many homeowners, your bathroom is likely to be one of the most poorly lit rooms in your house. This doesn’t just interfere with everyday tasks like shaving, putting on makeup and other grooming activities. It can also be very dangerous.
Poor lighting also means that you’re less able to see obstacles or puddles of water on the floor, putting you at a high risk of slippery falls and tripping accidents. Fortunately, there is no need to face this danger. Here are some of the ways that you can improve lighting in the bathroom.
Bright lighting isn’t always ideal. When you want to take a hot, relaxing bubble bath, having bright light glaring in your face can be irritating. With a little ingenuity, however, you can have your cake and eat it, too. By installing a dimmer switch, you can turn up the intensity of the lights when you need optimal visibility, and turn it down when you want something softer. This helps to keep you and your family safer while simultaneously allowing you the benefit of soothing light levels.
Do you hate getting out of a nice, hot shower or bath only to be exposed to the cold air outside of the water? If so, perhaps you should consider extra lighting that serves a dual purpose. You need to have adequate lighting in the bathroom anyway, but you can also use it to keep yourself warm while you dry off. Heat lamps are a great way to achieve this. When you want to see a little better and avoid a shocking chill, simply flip it on.
Use Bright Lights
Among the easiest ways to improve lighting in the bathrooms is to use brighter lights. Although compact fluorescents are energy-efficient and last a long time, they often fail to deliver the amount of light that you need in this area of your home. Therefore, it is recommended that you use halogen or incandescent bulbs in your bathrooms. These may not last as long or save you as much money on your energy bill, but the extra light that they offer can potentially save you from having to pay costly medical bills and losing time at work. Besides, with the help of a dimmer switch, these lights can be made a bit more efficient.
Location is Everything
Where you place your bathroom’s lights is quite possibly more important than the type of lighting that you use. Install fixtures where they will make the most difference, such as next to the vanity mirror, above the toilet, lights above the shower or right next to the shower or tub.
While recessed lights are attractive and out of the way options for your bathroom, they aren’t ideal for every situation. When you’re grooming in front of the mirror, they tend to cast a shadow over your face due to their downward-facing angle. This can make it very difficult to accurately apply makeup and can make it easy to miss hairs when shaving or plucking. However, they are great to use above your shower stall since they are out of the way and will not get splashed with water spray.