You start and end the day in the bathroom. You get ready in the morning, prepare for a night out, or unwind in a warm shower at the end of a long day. These activities require not only adequate lighting, but a multi-layered, integrated lighting design. It does not have to be complex, and often one light fixture can serve multiple purposes. For example, one light may give both targeted task lighting and, when combined with a dimmer switch, ambient lighting.
A multi-layered lighting design typically consists of some combination of task (targeted at specific work areas), ambient (indirect lighting that creates warmth in the room), accent (highlights specific design features), and decorative lighting (a light fixture that is a design statement itself). These basic lighting requirements may overlap, and also incorporate natural light sources like a window. Lighting can be included in a number of places, but typical areas in a bathroom design include: the vanity and mirror, shower and bathtub, under-cabinet or toe kick lights, and an overhead light fixture.
Here are a four examples of bathroom lighting that incorporate several elements into a comprehensive, well-planned design.
1. This bathroom design utilizes a combination of recessed ceiling lights and sconces above the vanity to satisfy requirements for task lighting around the vanity and shower. These lights, particularly with a dimmer switch, also provide options for ambient light. An overhead light fixture offers both general light and serves as an integral part of the décor. All of this is complemented by ample natural light through the large bathroom window.
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