As the primary spot for precision tasks like applying makeup and shaving, a bathroom needs to have plenty of light. When you get ready to revamp your bathroom wall lights (perhaps you’re redoing the whole bathroom), then consider the activities for which you’ll need bathroom lighting and the positioning to avoid shadows and glare. As you start your search, keep in mind the following:
What types of bathroom wall lights works best?
Because a bathroom is often a small space, it’s usually best to opt for space-saving bathroom wall lights instead of oversized chandeliers or floor lamps. Strip lights and recessed bathroom lighting are popular options:
Strip Lights: When placed above or alongside your bathroom mirror, strip lights will significantly reduce shadows, helping you shave or apply makeup. Available in a variety of styles, including globes (for the celebrity dressing room look), LED spot strips or standard tubes. Strip lights work best with halogen, LED or fluorescent bulbs.
Recessed Lights: For ambience or task lighting, particularly above the shower or sink, recessed bathroom wall lights are generally your best bet. Depending on the light bulb and wattage you use, they can provide a soft glow or a bright light. You could have a recessed shelf next to your sink, bath or shower to provide storage and a cool bathroom lighting feature.
Other Bathroom Wall Lights: Bathroom lights such as brackets or sconces are ideal for accenting and complementing overhead lights. They can add a decorative flair to the bathroom and can also be installed beside mirrors to help reduce shadows.
What style bathroom cabinet lighting is available?
Consider your bathroom’s décor to decide what style bathroom cabinet lighting will work for you. Wall sconces in particular often come in unique designs — you can even get a swing arm light for added style and convenience. If the design is limited, spruce up a bland light by opting for a unique finish. Brass, bronze and copper add a warm, inviting tone to your bath, while nickel, chrome and stainless steel are slick, trendy options. For a more classic look, try white, gold or black bathroom wall lights. Regardless of your pick, choose a finish that matches your bathroom hardware to ensure a cohesive bathroom lighting design.
How high should bathroom wall lights be?
In order to avoid unwanted shadows that make bathroom grooming difficult, it’s essential to get the placement right when installing your bathroom wall lights. If you have a small bathroom or a cloakroom, it’s possible that light from one source will be sufficient. Cut down on shadows and create even lighting by installing a strip light above the mirror. Though that may create enough light, you may want to consider installing additional lights at the side of the mirror to further reduce shadows. In larger bathrooms, you may need a combination of mirror, shower (make sure it’s waterproof) and overhead lighting to appropriately light the entire space.
How to change bathroom wall lights?
Changing and installing wall lights is a complex process, which can be dangerous if carried out incorrectly. Therefore, we recommend contacting a professional
to come and install your bathroom wall lights for you.
Where to buy bathroom wall lights?
Houzz UK has an incredible range of bathroom lights for you to choose from. From vintage and traditional bathroom wall lights to contemporary bathroom wall lights (and everything in between), we’re bound to have the perfect selection for your home.