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Bathroom and Vanity lighting Tips

Upgrade your Bathroom to Add Resale Value

Lighting for your house is difficult enough, finding the right light for a bathroom is a challenge in itself. Bathroom lighting serves a very distinct purpose and is a mini case study in lighting dynamics. Bathroom lighting needs to particularly effective in lighting up a person's face as they look into a mirror. Haphazard handling of this task can result in lighting that creates unnecessary and distracting shadows.

Vanity lighting is the primary source of useful light in a bathroom. The term useful simply characterizes the light that is helpful in highlighting the face for the purposes of cosmetics application, and daily personal upkeep. Vanity lighting is typically mounted above the mirror and projected down in front of the mirror to minimize shadows from light sources projecting on the sides or in back of the person who is utilizing the sink and mirror area.

Vanity and bathroom lighting works best when the fixtures are opaque and created a pleasant and bright glow. Clear bulbs can be harsh and create a high amount of glare that can make it difficult to use the mirror clearly. The ability to control the light in the room with multiple switches and/or dimmer switches is handy to brighten or dim the bulbs and are helpful depending on the day as well.

The best way to approach bathroom lighting is with simple preparation. Knowing the space available with which to work will dictate what size light fixtures will be able to fit into the area. It is also important to take into account the angles and color schemes of the bathroom that will help to determine the strength of light that will be needed to provide adequate luminance. Dark surfaces will absorb more light and may require additional or higher wattage bulbs over light colored surfaces.

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