Bathroom lighting: 6 mistakes to avoid!


Your bathroom is arguably the room you use the most. Many people go through the bathroom when they start their morning routine. It’s a place where you emerge from the night, where you shower or take a bath, where you put on makeup. So many important gestures that you need to clarify in order to appreciate them even more. Here are 6 mistakes not to make to ensure your bathroom is optimally lit.

1 – Do not consider the main lighting

In a bathroom as in another room, you must be able to move easily when the room is dark. Nothing works without light. Every bathroom deserves basic lighting. It helps you orient yourself as you enter the room. If your bathroom is not properly lit, you can easily slip or trip. Good main lighting is needed to prevent this.

2 – Consider a single lighting

Once your main lighting is in place, it would be wrong to believe that your bathroom lighting is finished. Rather, you have to consider the different areas in which you pass regularly. The different areas that you have marked can be illuminated differently. You don’t need the same light depending on whether you are waking up gently in the shower, lounging in your bathtub, or doing makeup. Good bathroom lighting is therefore versatile. And a single lamp, even multitasking, can never be used for everything you need to do. The solo bathroom lamp has only a small size, you need a whole orchestra to bring nuances: soft shades, others stronger, clear and darker. Your bathroom lighting needs this variety, and a decorative and functional light show makes your bathroom feel warmer.

3 – Do not establish zones in the bathroom

When you are thinking about the layout of your bathroom, whether it is a creation or a renovation, take the time before your work to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Where do you need light in your bathroom?
  • What are your bathroom habits and how can lighting optimize them: makeup, hair styling, relaxation, maybe even reading, etc. ?
  • Do you need special bathroom lamps to highlight certain areas?

4 – Not placing the right type of light in the right place

Depending on where you place your light sources, your bathroom lighting can either be on top or a flop. So choose the place of your lights before arranging them. What is often recommended:

  • One or more ceiling lights as general lighting – if desired, you can also use recessed lights.
  • Wall lights are a good addition to general lighting and are also suitable as lamps near mirrors.
  • Spotlights and spotlights are perfect for putting things in the spotlight, such as decorative items or works of art.
  • Indirect lighting is recommended in addition, for example above the mirror in your bathroom, your bathroom cabinet or your sink.

Choose the lights that work the best.

5 – Forget that water and electricity don’t mix

Do you know the IP protection ratings? The ability of a luminaire to resist water is revealed by its protection class also called IP class. Its value is associated with a number and provides a degree of resistance to water and dust. The rule is: the higher the number, the better the protection against water. Take the example of recessed spots that must be installed in your shower or above your bathtub. It is important to make sure that they have the correct IP protection class. The first IP code indicates the extent to which a luminaire is protected against the ingress of dust and dirt.

The second number describes the waterproofness of your new bathroom lamp. Because we never say it enough: water and electricity definitely don’t mix. Using the hairdryer in the bathtub is definitely not a good idea. It is therefore important that you install fixtures in the bathroom that are protected from water – especially near the tub, shower or sink. Our recommendation: if in doubt, always ask an electrician.

6 – Skip the LEDs

Good bathroom lighting includes not only the right supports, but also the right sources of light. Although incandescent bulbs and halogens are still used, LEDs are now at the cutting edge of technology. In terms of power consumption, durability, flexibility and lighting effect, they are truly superior to others. Modern LEDs last at least 20 years! In your bathroom, where less lighting is used than elsewhere, these bulbs can last twice the time! Regarding the brightness of your room, it does not only depend on your LED but also on the size of your bathroom, the colors of the walls and your personal need for light.

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