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When to Choose Bright Lighting for the Bathroom

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By : John Whitaker    99 or more times read
Many people give little thought to their bathroom lighting and in fact, play down or overlook the need to choose the appropriate lighting for the bathroom when renovating the home. Most folks rely heavily on medicine cabinets and vanities to provide sufficient lighting for the bathroom. The truth is that most homeowners do not realize how much lighting the bathroom needs, or how bright the lighting should be. The following tips will allow you to determine when to choose bright listing for your bathroom.

Limited Natural Lighting

When there is no natural light coming into the bathroom, or when the natural light that comes into the space is limited, bright lighting becomes somewhat of a necessity. Often natural lighting will be inadequate due to poor window placement or because the bathroom has a very small window or no window at all. In these instances, and particularly when there is no natural light for the room, brighter light becomes a necessity quickly.

When choosing brighter lighting for the bathroom, think about using an energy efficient light bulb that closely mimics a natural light source. This will provide you with a great source of light while costing less in energy to operate and having a longer life than traditional, standard bulbs. This type of bulb is also more eco-and-planet friendly, so you’ll being doing a favor for Mother Nature, too. And since these bulbs emit light that is more natural, it can help to draw attention from the fact that your bathroom doesn’t have adequate natural lighting.

Design of Interior is Dark

If the interior design is dark, it can leave an oppressive feeling if there is no other source of light within the room. Even if you are using dark colors that are modern and attractive, a foreboding bathroom is not a very inviting space. Offsetting this feel by installing a brighter source of lighting will allow those who enter to feel more comfortable within the room. As a general rule of thumb, the darker the room the brighter the light needs to be.

Even if there is some natural light coming into the room, this rule still goes because the light will have to work even harder to balance out the darkness. The dark room tends to drain away the positive energy of the room, making your morning shower seem like more of drudgery than anything else. Bright light, inversely, chases away negative energies and attracts positive ones.


And last of all, many people do things within the bathroom that necessitate a brighter source of light, like shaving, for instance. Women use the bathroom to apply their make-ups, which also needs bright light for proper application. Keep in mind that the more closely the light mimics sunlight, the better. No-one wants to use a dark restroom, and choosing the right amount of bright light can make a dramatic impact in your enjoyment of the space altogether.
Contributing editor for, John Whitaker designer in his own right offers tips on displaying music metal wall art and wooden wall hangings.

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