At Grimaldi Electric we see a lot of bathrooms with inadequate lighting; often there is just a single ceiling fixture illuminating the entire room. As the bathroom increasingly becomes a place to relax and recharge, complete with a steam shower and spa tub, the lighting requires extra thought. And when it's done right, the payoff is great.
A good bath lighting plan is a series of layers — placing ample light where it is needed for showers, shaving, or putting on makeup, while other light sources enhance the overall mood of the room. Vanity lighting gets top consideration because these fixtures work the hardest to illuminate the head and face for grooming. The most common mistake people make is putting recessed ceiling fixtures directly over the mirror. These cast shadows on the face, making daily grooming more difficult.
Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for casting an even light across the face. If lighting on the sides of the mirror is not practical than we would recommend a light over the mirror placed about 80 inches off the floor. Make certain that the vanity light fixtures you select provide more than enough light. One of the simplest techniques that you can use to ensure that you will always have enough light is to over light the space, and then use dimmers to control the amount of light that you want or need at any given moment. Halogen bulbs will provide a crisp white light that tends to render skin tones most accurately.
The shower is a secondary area of task lighting. In most of our bathroom electrical installations, we recommend a recessed light with a glass lens. Similar recessed fixtures work well over whirlpools, air tubs, freestanding tubs and toilets.
Bathroom Lighting Dimmers
Dimmers are a must for providing control over the lighting and thus, the mood of your bathroom. Plus, dimmers conserve energy. The total savings depends on how much you dim the bulb, but one dimmed just 10 percent will last twice as long as a bulb at full brightness and use 10 percent less energy.
We must not forget ventilation. Bath fans are important in removing moisture from your bathroom which helps to prevent mold growth. Many of our Monmouth County customers request ultra quiet fans such as the Panasonic. Most fan manufacturers also provide bath fans with heaters and light options.
Safety is always the most important aspect of any electrical installation. Electricity and water are lethal companions, and nowhere do they mingle more closely than in the bathroom. Always consult a Licensed Electrician before tackling even the simplest lighting project.