Multitude of Bathroom Lighting Options Will Dazzle You
November 3, 2006
By Tim Carter
Q: Bathroom lighting is my current project, as I have two bathrooms that are being completely remodeled. What bathroom lighting fixtures have you had success with in your jobs? In the largest bathroom, contemporary lighting might interest me. Can I install one of those nifty makeup light and mirror fixtures that I often see in hotel bathrooms, or are those only permitted in commercial buildings? - Carol S., Manassas, Va.
A: I don't know if there's a silver bullet when it comes to bathroom lighting and fixtures. There are many wonderful options, and I think your biggest problem is going to be limiting your selections to just a few. When you visit a real lighting supply house, one that just sells lighting fixtures, I predict you will develop a mild headache from the mind-numbing array of delightful lighting fixtures.
Artificial bathroom lighting is what most of us are used to. Standard light fixtures use any number of different types of incandescent light bulb. But you should also consider newer halogen and energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, as they create a different palette of color. Be aware that different bulbs produce different color spectrums, ranging from a warmish, golden hue to the kind of blistering white light you might experience outdoors at high noon on a cloudless day in the mountains.
Visit model homes on weekends to get bathroom lighting ideas. I also urge you to look at home design and decorating magazines for other ideas for unique bathroom lighting.
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