Designing an attractive bathroom starts with choosing the right lighting. By combining different lighting types and strategically placing the light points, you design the perfect bathroom lighting.
STEP 1: THREE LIGHTING TYPES
To optimally illuminate the bathroom in any situation, you can use the three lighting types: general lighting, accent lighting and task lighting.
THE GENERAL LIGHTING
This light source is also called the basic lighting and is connected to the main switch. Its purpose is to illuminate the bathroom in a pleasant way and usually consists of recessed spotlights or a central fixture. When choosing the general bathroom lighting you have to take into account that there are no dark corners and that there is no direct view of the lamp from the bath. As a light source you can use bright white lamps that connect with the daylight. This way you can best determine which items of clothing match.
THE JOB LIGHTING
This lighting ensures that you can perform precise tasks such as shaving and make-up in optimum conditions. The ideal position of the task lighting is on both sides of the mirror and at eye level, so you avoid shadow on the face that you get when the bathroom lighting is placed on top of the mirror. In order not to be blinded, it is best to opt for lamps with a light intensity between 300 and 500 lux. (See lamp packaging). Mirrors with built-in lighting are also available.
THE ATMOSPHERE LIGHT
The bathroom is increasingly being used as a wellness center and the lighting also plays an important role in this. With mood lighting you can completely change the mood in the bathroom at the touch of a button and relax. Of course you can use candles for this, but if you prefer to keep it sleek and simple then dimmable accent lighting and discolourable LED lighting is the way to go! Due to their small size, the latter can be placed anywhere and can easily be added to the existing bathroom lighting.
STEP 2: MAKE A LIGHT PLAN
Now that you know which lighting types can be used in the bathroom, it’s time for the lighting plan. By making a sketch you can determine where the bathroom lighting should come and how you will create atmosphere. If you buy the lighting at a lighting store, they usually make a free light plan if you ask for it. In addition, you can also contact a lighting consultant.
STEP 3: BUY THE RIGHT LUMINAIRES
When you buy fixtures, there are a number of things that you should take into account. It is best to place luminaires that are corrosion-resistant in a damp room such as the bathroom. You can install 12V lighting within a 60 cm zone around all sides of a bath or shower. The transformer may of course not be placed within that zone.