Even the smallest of bathrooms can look great if you know what you’re doing with your lighting. The right vanity lighting can last you years, while also increasing your home’s market value. Make mistakes by choosing the wrong lighting fixtures though, and your bathroom lighting will only be a thorn on your side. And let’s get one thing out of the way: Nothing is more unflattering than cold fluorescent ceiling lighting.

Below is a short list of do’s and don’ts to get great bathroom lighting even without the help of a lighting designer. The following list of do's and don'ts will help you master your vanity lighting remodel whether you're doing the work yourself or hiring a designer. 

1. DO Use Task Lighting Bathroom task lighting is important because it’s the light that allows you to look at yourself. If you look at bathrooms of most 5-star hotels, you’ll notice that the mirror is flanked by scones at the eye level. This effectively eliminates shadows on your face when applying makeup, shaving, or brushing your teeth. 

DON’T Place Task Lights Above the Mirror With bathroom task lighting, anything placed above the mirror, including recessed lighting, will cast a harsh light down your face, resulting in unflattering shadows beneath your eyes, chin, and nose. 

2. DO Use Accent Lighting Accent lighting is a great solution for isolated lighting on specific areas of the bathroom. You’ll thank yourself for installing them when making nighttime trips to the potty—you won’t have to switch everything on. 

DON’T Forget to Highlight Artwork with Accent Lighting Besides its utilitarian use, accent lighting also works great for highlighting artwork and other decorative nooks and crannies in the bathroom. 

3. DO Use LED Lighting LED lighting is great for bathrooms, as they’re not more energy-efficient than all other types of light bulbs on the market, they’re also dimmable. 

DON’T Use Fluorescent Lighting There’s nothing comfortable or dramatic about harsh, bluish-white fluorescent lighting. If you can’t avoid them, pick warm white fluorescent bulbs. More great tips and tricks for bathroom lighting can be found on this Forbes article.

To get started with your bathroom lighting, don’t hesitate to call the LiquidLEDs support team!

 

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