RETREAT FROM THE WORLD. The best bathroom lighting can multi-task: bright and illuminating for practical purposes like grooming, doing make-up or bathing the baby; low and soothing for unwinding in a relaxing bath after a long day. With the right light, you can easily accomplish both. Dimmers and alternative light sources offer a convenient and beautiful way to get the light you need and look you want.

Bathroom Lighting Solutions

Time to Upgrade Your Bathroom Lighting?

Proper lighting is essential to the look and function of the room where you get ready to face the world everyday. So why do so many people put up with uneven shadows and straining to see their faces in the mirror every morning?

Fortunately, upgrading vanity lights can be cost-effective and simple. Following are some solutions from the lighting experts at the American Lighting Association to help you solve the most common bathroom lighting problems.

Problem: You often nick yourself while shaving in the shower.

Solution: In order to be fully functional, lighting in the shower stall or over the tub should be bright enough for cleaning, shaving and reading shampoo labels. If you have an older home, built before the proper rated bulbs and fixtures were available, add some recessed down-lights designed for use in wet areas, and put shields around them. (Shielded fixtures will protect reclining bathers’ eyes from glare.) Another option: an adjustable accent light aimed from outside the tub is dramatic, glare-free and great for reading in the bath.

Problem: You are often frustrated by uneven shadows or glare, and feel the lighting is inadequate when you look into the mirror.

Solution: By simply removing your old fixture and replacing it with a new one, you can achieve shadow-free lighting with cross-illumination.

If you have a single ceiling-mounted fixture over the vanity or a light bar over the mirror – and you don’t want to cut new holes for electrical connections – you can mount a track over the existing electrical outlet and hang a decorative fixture over the sink and pendants from either side of the mirror.

Kichler Lighting, based in Cleveland, Ohio, introduced a new vanity lighting solution called “Beauty Wraps” which can be mounted from one outlet. It provides stylish bath lighting through a three-light bath bar and pendant – all in one inclusive fixture. They are design coordinated, including the same glass, so the pendants will match the design elements in the bath fixture.

Problem: You don’t want others to be rudely awakened when someone in the household has to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Solution: Install a low-voltage linear lighting system in the toe spaces beneath the vanities and cabinets.

Problem: The unit housing your bathroom’s overhead light and exhaust fan is yellowed and cracked, and it looks out of place with your current d├ęcor.

Solution: In recent years, a number of lighting companies have introduced decorative exhaust fan/overhead light combinations that really help dress up the room. A variety of finished styles can be coordinated with your faucet, your other lighting fixtures, or even the floor tile.