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5 Bathroom Lighting Tips


You can get a fresh look and more light by simply replacing the glass globes from frosted to clear.

If you are lighting with recessed lights, angle the lighting to bounce light off the walls and ceiling to help reduce glare and shadow.

In larger bathrooms, using additional recessed lights or decorative fixtures. Remember lights over the bathtub or shower must be water proof-rated for use in that area.

Placing downlights over a bath tub can create a romantic and relaxing environment.

When applying makeup, it is especially important to have lights that reproduce colors accurately. Halogen bulbs, closely followed by incandescent, are the most flattering to skin tones.

If your bathroom is too dark, there are several options: if you have a 3-light fixture, change it to a 5-to7-light fixture, use a higher watt bulb if the fixture can accommodate it, or add additional light fixtures or recessed lighting.

If your bathroom vanity has enough counter top space and an electrical outlet handy, place a small table lamp there.  Keep the lamp a safe distance from the water source. A decorative lamp adds a warm charm to the room and serves as a nice alternative to a night light.