Believe or not, your bathroom is one of the rooms in your home where having optimal lighting matters the most. Think about all the tasks you accomplish daily in your bathroom where great lighting is essential. You cleanse yourself in your bath or shower daily. You use the sink to brush your teeth or shave your face. And ladies, who likes applying makeup in front of a poorly lit mirror or vanity? That’s right — no one.
These are several of many tasks when excellent bathroom lighting is more than necessary, which is why we put together this blog post of three common bathroom lighting mistakes homeowners in the Missouri area make. At The Light House Gallery, our lighting specialists can help you find the perfect bathroom lighting solutions and light fixtures for the bathrooms in your home so you never have to worry about terrible or harsh lighting again.
Here are three bathroom lighting mistakes you should avoid as a homeowner in order to always have prime and efficient lighting in your house.
1. Choosing too harsh of lighting for above your mirror/vanity.
Sure, it’s natural to want the lights above your bathroom mirror or vanity to be bright enough to accomplish daily tasks, such as applying makeup or shaving. But if your lighting is too harsh or too bright, these activities can prove just as difficult to accomplish as they would be in a dimmed room.
When you choose harsh overhead lighting, annoying shadows will typically form around certain parts of your face, such as your eyes, nose or mouth. A bright overhead light will also make your forehead appear shinier than it actually is. These might be little issues you won’t even realize until you see yourself in natural lighting. This is when your overapplied makeup or missed patches of facial hair will reveal themselves.
We suggest placing any overhead lighting elsewhere in the bathroom, rather than directly above your mirror or vanity.
2. Having too little of lighting sources.
If you remember anything from this blog post, it should be this: The main point of lighting in your bathrooms is to be functional. When you have too little of lighting sources, the functionality of your bathroom dramatically decreases.
A popular trend for newly constructed homes is to include an abundance of recessive lights in the bathroom. This skews with the overall contrast of the room and can cause dark spots, ultimately making it more difficult to see clearly in your bathroom.
A lot of our customers also have issues with asymmetrical lighting in their bathrooms, which doesn’t only affect individuals with particularity, but also the overall general lighting of the room. You want your lighting to be even and symmetrical, so try placing your light fixtures with strategy rather than just randomly.
Pro tip: We recommend your bathroom be measured at about 75 to 100 watts.
3. Not taking advantage of overhead bathroom lighting for your shower or bath area.
We get it — you’re taught at a young age that lights (electricity) and water simply shouldn’t mix. That causes homeowners to stray away from installing overhead bathroom lighting above their shower and bathtub areas. We’re here to tell you there are lights specifically designed to be placed in damp areas or areas that are prone to water exposure. If you’re unsure about what lights have the green light to be placed in wet places, just ask one of our lighting specialists in our lighting showroom for help.
Choose finishes of chrome, nickel or stainless steel to avoid any corrosion.
When you don’t incorporate overhead bathroom lighting in your washing areas, you’re neglecting a very important space. Nobody likes taking showers or shaving their legs in the dark, so installing a simple shower light will work wonders for your everyday life!
Shop Our Bathroom Lighting Collection Today
Do you think the bathroom lighting in your Missouri home could (and should) become more efficient and well-lit? Don’t wait for another second — shop our selection of bathroom lighting fixtures in our Missouri lighting showrooms today.
If you’re unsure of how to exactly optimize your home’s bathroom lighting, don’t feel afraid to reach out. At The Light House Gallery, our lighting specialists are trained and experienced to handle just about any homeowner’s style preference and budget. We can help you find light fixtures as well as determine any other ideal lighting solutions for your home’s bathrooms.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment with one of our lighting consultants, call us at (417) 268-9444 for our Springfield showroom and at (417) 213-5312 for our Branson showroom. You can also submit any questions, comments or concerns through our online portal here.
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