Ten Ways to Light Up Your Bath
When coordinating bathroom lighting,
combine fashion with function to
make your fixtures supply ample
amounts of light. The American
Lighting Association suggests you
check with the professionals at
lighting stores and showrooms for
the broadest range of styles and
1. Shower Power: Lighting in the
shower stall should be bright enough
to help avoid spills while making
shaving and shampooing easier.
Choose light fixtures designed for
use in wet areas.
2. Tub Tip: Tubs, like showers, need
good general light, which can be
provided by a recessed fixture. To
avoid glare, aim the light's beam at
the outside edge of the tub.
3. Window Dressing: Windows provide
natural light to supplement or
replace the electric options,
particularly during the day.
4. Night Bright: Create a nightlight
by illuminating the floor in the
toe-space below vanities and
cabinets with a linear lighting
5. Get Glowing: Indirect (or cove)
lighting with its hidden light
source is purely aesthetic, adding a
soft, warm glow to the bathroom.
6. Mirror, Mirror: Good mirror
lighting, like that provided by warm
fluorescent vertical wall sconces,
will provide the even facial
illumination necessary for
eliminating dark circles and
7. Vanity Fare: A halogen light
above the vanity provides cross
illumination when used in
conjunction with wall sconces.
8. Table Topper: Table lamps add a
soft, human touch to bathrooms.
Display them away from water sources
-- on tables, vanities, or
multipurpose bathroom islands found
in larger homes.
9. Ceiling Fixture: A decorative
light fixture suspended from the
ceiling provides an elegant touch
while adding extra light.
10. Potty Panache: Focused flood or
halogen fixtures over the commode
provide good light for watercloset
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