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Best Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Best Bathroom Lighting Ideas


Importance of Proper Bathroom Lighting

Proper lighting in the bathroom is essential for both functionality and aesthetics. The right lighting can create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere, while also ensuring that you have enough illumination for daily tasks such as shaving or applying makeup.

Insufficient or improper lighting can make the bathroom feel dull and uninviting. It can also lead to shadows, making it difficult to see clearly.

When considering bathroom lighting, it is important to remember that the bathroom is a space where you start and end your day. Therefore, it should be well-lit to help you prepare for the day ahead or wind down in the evening. Proper bathroom lighting can enhance the overall design and ambiance of your bathroom, making it a more enjoyable and functional space.

Types of Bathroom Lighting

There are three main types of bathroom lighting that you should consider: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Let's take a look at each type (with some examples):

Ambient Lighting: This type of lighting provides general illumination for the entire bathroom. So pendant or fixed ceiling-mounted fixtures such as chandeliers, flush mounts, or recessed lights. Ambient lighting ensures that the bathroom is evenly lit and sets the overall mood.

Task Lighting: Task lighting is focused lighting that is specifically designed to illuminate specific areas for tasks such as shaving, applying makeup, or grooming. This type of lighting is commonly achieved through vanity lights, wall sconces, or small pendant lights. Task lighting should be placed at eye level and on either side of the mirror to minimize shadows on the face.

Accent Lighting: Accent lighting is used to highlight specific features or areas in the bathroom, such as artwork, architectural details, or decorative elements. It adds depth and visual interest to the space. Accent lighting can be achieved through wall-mounted or recessed lights, as well as spot lights.


Selecting the right lighting fixtures can elevate the overall design of your bathroom. Above are just a few examples:

Vanity Lights: Vanity lights are mounted on either side of the mirror and provide even lighting for grooming tasks. They come in various styles, including single & double wall sconces, multi-light fixtures, and Hollywood-style vanity lights.   Wall & Vanity Lights

Ceiling-Mounted Fixtures: Ceiling-mounted fixtures, such as flush or semi-flush mounts, are ideal for adding a touch of sophistication and elegance to the bathroom. Choose fixtures that complement the overall style of the space.  Bathroom Ceiling Lights

Pendant Lights: Pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling and can be used to create a focal point in the bathroom. They come in various designs and can add a contemporary or industrial touch to the space.  Bathroom Hanging Pendant Lights

Safety in the Bathroom

Safety in any wet or damp area is of the utmost importance and there are regulations that apply specifically to bathrooms and similar areas like washrooms, shower rooms and the like. With all bathroom lights, placement i.e. where in the bathroom you wish to install the light will determine the suitability and the type of light available as the bathroom is split into zones. Lights are also rated by IP (Ingress Protection) numbers.  More information on Bathroom Light Zones here.

10 September 2018  |  5:16

Thanks just moved into a house didn't notice recessed spotlight over top of shower cubicle til used room. ...thanks for inforwarding

MRS L Atkinson
23 May 2020  |  15:16

Loving all the different lights I could use for my bathroom. Brilliant (smiley star face)!

Thank you X

23 May 2020  |  17:57

Thank you..