Bathroom Light Fixtures

Well designed bathroom light fixtures can set the perfect tone for the start and end of your day.

Redecorating your bathroom is a way to drive away the monotony and boredom that creeps in after several years of the same look and feel.

Plus, redecorating a bathroom allows you to upgrade not just the appearance of the room, but also upgrade the place to be more relaxing, vibrant, and in step with the times.

intricate ceiling light in bathroom




If you can't go in for a complete makeover, simply changing the bathroom lighting can transform a space markedly.

Bathroom lights are a fantastic way to achieve whatever 'feel' and 'ambience' you want to create. Besides that, they serve the purpose of providing you illumination. A single ceiling light is now passé and also inadequate.

While lighting up your bathroom is no rocket science, it does require some amount of thought, planning, and knowledge about various things related to bathroom light fixtures such as:

Consider the Following Lighting Requirements First:

You will then be in a better position to work out your contemporary bathroom light fixtures requirements in order to choose the best type for each purpose as explained below.

Various Types of Bathroom Light Fixtures

Ambient Lighting Fixtures

ceiling light fixture


Ambient lights can be credited for creating the overall mood of the bathroom. These light fixtures are an additional source of light besides the task lights.

If you have a small bathroom you can allow for a single gorgeous ceiling light fixture. However, if you have a large bathroom, a number of ceiling lights may be required.

Recessed or hanging ceiling lights are fine examples of ambient bathroom light fixtures.

You can also use rope lighting (come with LEDs that stretch out like a rope. Versatile, flexible and colorful) or cove lights (add a wonderful and decadent feel to the room), uplighters (standalone or recessed), or wall washers (these are similar to sconces and are limited to emitting light upwards) to decorate ceiling and individual walls.

Task Lighting Fixtures

Since this is the most important type of light in a bathroom, task lighting needs to be chosen very carefully. You will be using task lighting fixtures to illuminate the main task areas in the room like the vanity area, the bathing area, commode area, and dressing/grooming area (if separate).

Take a look at our page dealing specifically with Vanity Light Fixtures for more detailed information.

Shower and bathtub areas require plenty of light as you need to be able to clean yourself properly, avoid accidents due to slipping, read labels on the bottles etc.

various light fixtures in bathroom

If you like modern bathroom light fixtures, recessed downlights are optimal (they are especially made for spaces with dampness) and can be installed directly in the shower's false ceiling to give out a soft glow, downlights (they throw light on the wall in a downward direction), or then a small hanging light or small chandelier would also lend an elegant touch.

You need an equivalent of 75 to 100 Watts illumination in task areas.

White halogen bulbs that imitate sunlight are best for all task areas.

In a powder room, where the focus is on a softer and more relaxing setting, you can have much lower wattage. It's the perfect place to indulge your lighting creativity!

Accent Lighting Fixtures

accent light on wall decoration


Accent lights add 'panache' to your bathroom. These fixtures are fitted in such a way that they highlight an item, object, or area that needs to be focused upon.

Accent lights are a favorite of most designers nowadays because they are so effective in drawing the eye to a beautiful area or object.

Use warm fluorescent bulbs or incandescent lights for ambient/accent lighting as they lend a soft orange and soothing glow that makes the skin look natural.

Decorative Lights

decorative chandelier

This is purely ornamental and has no specific function. Time to look for that special 'statement item'!

Natural Light

Having natural light in any room in the house is a big positive. However, quite often the bathroom's position on the floor plan does not allow this. Or does it? Take a look at some clever Bathroom Remodeling Designs to open up an internal bathroom to natural light.

Types of Bathroom Light Bulbs

frosted pendant lights

While the external appearance of light fixtures is important, the importance of the bulbs must be emphasized. Bulbs are extremely useful and vital to set the right mood in your bathroom.

From halogen to LEDs and from neodymium light bulbs (that throw a slightly bluish light closely resembling sunlight), CFLs, and incandescent bulbs are just some of the kinds available today.

Halogen lamps may be a bit more expensive than standard incandescent lights, but last much longer.

Three Tips for Great Bathroom Lighting Designs Using Various Bathroom Light Fixtures

Using Your Light Fixtures Optimally:

Bathroom Vanity Lighting

wall mounted chandeliers at vanity

Task Lighting

Bathroom Lighting Design

sconces on vanity mirror

Making Light Work

Bathroom Remodeling

patterned glass dividing door

Importing Natural Light

Modern Bathroom Lighting

lights imbedded in bathroom floor

Task and Mood Lighting.

The vast selection of Bathroom light fixtures allows you to find that special piece that enhances your decor.



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