Choosing the best bathroom lighting for you

The bathroom is the highest trafficked room in your home. Which is why you need to take care and time in choosing lighting that will best suit the dcor and ambiance that you are trying to achieve in your bathrooms design. Below we will be talking about the various bathroom lighting options, and how they can transform your bathroom into a rejuvenating and functional space in your home.

Create Layers of Light

One of the first mistakes that people make when choosing bathroom lighting is choosing just one single light source such as a ceiling fixture to provide all of the bathrooms illumination. A good lighting plan for your bathroom requires a series of layers that involves placing the right lighting for shaving, showering, or applying makeup, while other sources of lighting can enhance the overall mood of the room.

Vanity lighting

Vanity lighting in an excellent layer to begin with as it will provide more than ample illumination for the face and head to assist in daily grooming rituals. Many bathroom supply stores offer mirrors with vanity lights already installed, however if you do not wish to replace your existing mirror you can mount sconces or vertical fixtures on either side of your mirror to cast an even light across the face.

Tub and Shower Lighting

Larger bathrooms often need an additional lighting source for the bath and shower area, a quick and easy way to add the right amount of light to your tub/shower area is by choosing a recessed light that hangs over your tub or shower area. If you have a smaller sized bathroom you may not need additional lighting over your tub or shower, however you will want to make sure that you have a good source of central lighting such as a ceiling fixture as vanity lighting only lights the area around your mirror.


Because bathrooms are used for such a wide range of daily tasks it is impossible to have a functional bathroom with just one illumination option. The level of light you will want when applying your makeup will differ from the level of light you will want for a nice relaxing soak in the tub. This is why dimmers are a bathroom essential, because the give absolute control over the lighting.

Safety First

Putting the focus on the aesthetics of your bathroom design should never overshadow the importance of safety. Water and electricity can be lethal companions, and nowhere else in the house do they exist more closely to one another than in the bathroom. It is important that you consult a qualified electrician before you attempt to tackle even the simplest lighting projects.