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Bathroom Lighting Basics

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Light Up Your Perfect Sanctuary

Correct lighting is essential for the bathroom. Ambient lighting sets the stage to add task or accent lighting to call out the room's features. Ferguson offers an incredible array of task and accent lighting available in many styles and finishes including; Traditional, Transitional, Modern, Mission/Craftsman, Rustic/Lodge, Tiffany and more. In the bathroom, glare can be annoying, especially when performing delicate grooming tasks. Recessed lighting for baths should be adjustable with an attachment that goes over the fixture; an eyeball or a wall-wash trim are both covers that partially obscure the fixture and direct the light source to bounce light off the walls and ceiling to help reduce glare and shadow.

Task Lighting

The most important aspect of task lighting is to enhance visual clarity and provide shadow-free light for ease of personal grooming.

Task lighting includes vanity lighting and/or sconces.

Bathroom Lighting for over the mirror comes in 2 Bulb, 3 Bulb and 4 or More Bulb configurations. (See Below)

Examples of Task Lighting

Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for makeup and shaving. Be sure to position sconces to shed equal light on both sides of the face, and 3 to 4 feet apart on the wall. Bathroom fixtures should have translucent shades to diffuse light, and exposed bulbs should be frosted to cut glare.

Ambient Lighting

Depending on the size of the bathroom, you may also need accent or ambient lighting to create a soft glow around the room's perimeter for a perfect sanctuary. Styles of accent or ambient lighting include Semi flush mount, Flush Mount, Pendants and Chandeliers. (See Below)

Examples of Ambient Lighting

"Did you know"

Light the shower's interior with bathroom fans (with built-in lighting) for uniform brightness and moisture removal. Install dimmers in the bathroom -- a relaxing soak in the tub demands it.