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Bathroom Lights

No bathroom
is complete without the element of light. Fortunately, installing bathroom
lighting can be one of the most accommodating components of your bathroom remodel. Lighting can be adjusted and
positioned to highlight specific areas or tone down brightness for a more
relaxed mood. To begin with, you can choose from a variety of lighting types
according to your preferences.

Bar lights consist of a series of lights
mounted to a metal bar that usually attaches above the sink or countertop.
Vanity globes are often placed on bar lights. Vanity globes consist of light
bulbs enclosed in round, white bulbs made from glass. Appropriately, these
bulbs can be found over vanity mirrors where strong, wide light highlights the
reflection while applying makeup or shaving. Bar lights often comprise of 3 or
more vanity globes or other lighting.

Vanity
globes can be toned done with a frosted option. Similarly, shading around a
bulb can be directed upwards to brighten the entire room or downward to focus
on one specific area, such as an accent piece, a dark corner, or a shelf. The
color of the shading also affects the intensity of light.

Sconces are common bathroom lighting
fixtures that regularly feature shading. They consist of a light feature
holding one shade and one bulb, similar to a lamp. Unlike a lamp, bathroom
sconces are attached to the walls. Sconces can provide both accent lighting and
ambient lighting, depending on number and placement. When purchasing sconces
for the bathroom, make sure they are wet or damp rated to withstand humidity.

Finally,
recessed lighting is perhaps the most simple and functional ambient lighting
option. These circular lights are positioned flush with the ceiling with no
hanging parts, and are sufficient to light the entire room.

Don’t underestimate the soothing ability of bathroom lighting. Lighting can be adjusted and positioned to highlight specific areas, or tone down brightness for a more relaxed mood. Here is some more information to help you decide what type of lighting is the best choice for your bathroom.

Costs

Costs of bathroom lighting vary widely across the board. You can spend as little as $30 for a 3-light vanity wall sconce, or as much as a couple thousand for an elegant chandelier or track lighting system. Get a couple price quotes here to learn more.

Pros

Bar lights provide three or more vanity globes—an ample amount of lighting for applying makeup or shaving.

Sconces can give both accent lighting and ambient lighting.

Recessed lighting is the best option for lighting an entire room, and is considered the simplest ambient lighting.

Cons

Sconces must be wet or damp-rated to withstand the humidity of a bathroom.

Recessed lighting doesn’t offer the decorative touch that bar lights or sconces do.

Bar lights generally offer only direct lighting, and should be combined with another type of lighting in larger bathrooms.

Maintenance

Maintaining bathroom lighting is simple; replace the bulbs when necessary.

Common Questions and Answers

What are vanity globes?

Vanity globes are often placed on bar lights. They consist of light bulbs enclosed in round, white bulbs made from glass. Appropriately, these bulbs can be found over vanity mirrors where strong, wide light highlights the reflection while applying makeup,



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