(This Old House)--
Your bathroom turned into a sanctuary, why not light it up?
When it comes to indoor lighting, the bathroom is probably the least considered of all the rooms in the house.
The average client I met didn't think to invest there ---
Leave it to the living room or kitchen, they say.
I saw a lot of bathrooms with insufficient light on the mirror.
Usually there is only one ceiling fixture to do it all.
However, as the bathroom becomes more and more a place to relax and recharge, with a steam shower and a spa tub, additional considerations are required for lighting.
When it's done right, the return is huge.
After all, this is the room where you start and end the day.
A good lighting scheme is a series of layers--
For example, place plenty of light where you need a shower, shave, or make-up, while other light sources enhance the overall atmosphere of the room.
Decoding the light task layer of lighting Vanity lighting is the most important consideration because these lamps are the most difficult to illuminate the head and face for combing.
The most common mistake people make is to put the recessed ceiling fixtures directly on the mirror.
These cast shadows on the face, making the daily grooming ceremony more difficult.
Vertical fixtures installed on both sides of the mirror or sconces are best suited to project even light on the face.
But considering the size and position of some vanity tables, side lights may be impractical (
It's always an option to install them directly on the mirror, but more planning and cost is required).
Only in this way can I suggest installing a fixture on the mirror.
It should be placed 75 to 80 inch above the floor, with at least 150 watts, like all vanity lighting-
Ideally, apply on a fixture of at least 24 inch long so that the light is evenly washed in the hair and face.
This Old House: Bathroom lighting shower is the second area of mission lighting.
In the smaller bathroom, if there is a clear glass door in the booth, there may be no need for a dedicated fixture.
Otherwise, I would recommend using a recessed light with a glass lens (
Similar embedded fixtures work well in separate bathtubs or bathrooms.
"Light is a substitute for natural light.
It is usually provided by a central fixture, usually a surface-
Ceiling Light installed.
I encourage clients to think more creatively when choosing and suggest that they consider using chandeliers or chandeliers.
Another option is "bay lighting"-
The rope light hidden behind the model dropped a few inches below the ceiling height-
This adds soft light around the room.
Focused lighting for a small recessed spotlight in an Art Deco or beautiful dressing room basin creates another layer of light in the bathroom.
Similarly, the embedded shower unit can be tilted (
Can be tilted up to 35 degrees during installation)
Highlight beautiful tiles or fixtures to make them shine.
In order to remove the shadow under the chin, eyes and cheeks, a fixture should be installed on both sides of the dresser (
Or on the surface of the mirror, if it's big)
Between 36 and 40 inch apart
The center of each fixture should be roughly at the level of the eye, or about 66 inch above the floor.
This will ensure uniform lighting on the face.
This Old House: double space, lights in the bathroom. Other considerations for choosing a bulb. Clear white light tends to present the skin color most accurately.
Halogen lamps are the gold standard. Low-
Voltage varieties (with a built-
In a transformer that converts 120 V to 12 V)
Especially compact, the smaller bulb has a good sparkling effect.
Halogen lamps are a few dollars more expensive than standard incandescent lamps, but can be three times longer.
Many featured screwsin bases;
In the label-base (MB)
They are shaped like standard incandescent lamps, so they are suitable for most lamps.
The latest compact fluorescent bulb also has a good color rendering effect, 10 times the efficiency of ordinary incandescent lamps.
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Energy-saving bulbs think that dimmers are the best friends of lighting designers, because they can control the lighting of the room absolutely, thus controlling the atmosphere of the room.
In a very small space like a dressing room, the dimming dresser can even provide all-in-
A task, environment and focused lighting.
Besides, the dimmer can save energy.
The total savings depend on how much you dim the bulb, but a bulb that is only 10% dim will last twice as much as the full brightness.
Although you need to know what to ask for, today's dimmers are available for a variety of light sources. A 120-
The Volt incandescent lamp or halogen lamp source requires an incandescent light dimmer, which is low
Voltage and fluorescent devices require their own compatible dimmer.
Occasionally, when the filament vibrates, the dim light bulb will hum.
Switch to lower-watt bulb (
There are smaller filaments inside)
Noise should be reduced or even eliminated.
In the bathroom, safety should pay attention to aesthetics first, which does not reduce the importance of safety.
Electricity and water are still deadly partners, and there is nothing more closely integrated than in the bathroom.
Please consult a certified electrician before handling the simplest lighting items.
National electrical regulations require GFCIs for all new outlets, ground
Faulty circuit breaker;
The new can be modified to existing outlets.
Even with GFCI, separate plug
The lights should never be placed near the sink or bathtub.
Fixtures that will be within a certain distance of the bathtub or shower (
Although the local code is different, it is usually 6 feet)
Must be "wet" or "shower-Location "rating.
Don't confuse this with less strict "humidity --
"Location" rating for most outdoor lighting. E-
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