Proper lighting in a modern bathroom requires careful thought and planning for various purposes. Vanity lighting, for example, demands a deliberate design scheme. Concealed ceiling fixtures mounted directly above the mirror are very common but not very useful. For maintenance purposes – they are terrible. Recessed overhead lighting generally consists of spotlights which produce highly focused lighting. Unfortunately, very focused lighting creates shadows.
The main purpose of dressing table lighting fixtures is to illuminate the head and face.
When adding lights to both sides of the mirror is not an option, installing the right type of equipment right above the mirror may be your solution. The mirror lamp above must have a minimum length of 24 inches, which is able to distribute 150 watts of light evenly throughout the fixture. Although not preferred as a side, the right position above the mirror lighting will also help eliminate shadows under the chin, eyes, and cheeks.
Skin tone is given most accurately with bright white light. Halogen lamps and neodymium lamps are very good choices for this purpose. (Neodymium bulbs are incandescent bulbs with a slight bluish tint. Bluish bulbs, made by a thin layer of neodymium inside a glass bulb, cause the bulbs to give less yellow than the standard incandescent light bulbs).
Whether your lighting is on the side or in the mirror, it is very important that the lighting fixtures you choose provide more than enough light. One of the simplest techniques that you can use to ensure that you will always have enough light is to “pass the light” of space, then use a dimmer to control the amount of light you want or need at any given moment.
Dim lighting designer friend. This provides absolute control over lighting and allows easy room adjustments. As an added benefit, dimmers allow you to save energy. Of course how often and how much you dim the bulb determines your total savings, but a dim light bulb of only 10% will last double the full brightness bulb.
When it comes to bathroom lighting there is one thing you don’t want to forget: the bathroom is a place where things are done. Almost every light in the bathroom serves a specific purpose. Remember you don’t want your lights to be too strong or too dim, and side lighting is generally better than lighting coming from above (there’s a reason why lights go up and down on the mirror side of the Hollywood dressing room!).