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Tips for bathroom lighting

Posted on April 8, 2013 Category: Kitchen & Bath Design Articles

The bathroom is one of the most important areas in the entire house, and homeowners are willing to invest in renovation projects for these rooms. According to Houzz, the average American spends $11,566 on remodeling the bathroom. The average spending for high-end renovations actually exceeds $25,000. The news source notes that the percentage of dollars spent for bathroom projects is much higher than the percentage of time spent in the room. 

Lighting is one of the most important features to upgrade during renovations. Here are a few tips for upgrading your bathroom lighting to LED technology. 

Use strip lights
LED strip lighting is the best solution for ensuring the brightness is spread evenly through the bathroom. The lights are sold by the foot or by the reel and offers a full range of dimmable white color temperature options so you can find the perfect models for your needs. Warm white (2,700 degrees Kelvin) and soft white (3,000 degrees Kelvin) models are recommended for most residential applications. 

Additionally, strip lights can be integrated with flush mount aluminum channels. Klus Design points out that the profiles can protect lights from water damage, so you can safely install fixtures near your sink, shower and tub. 

Vary your light sources
Randall Whitehead, a lighting designer and author, notes that every bathroom needs multiple light sources. 

"Anyone who has been in a bathroom with just one fixture in the ceiling or just a light over the mirror knows how unflattering a single source of light can be," Whitehead told HGTV. 

The designer recommends installing fixtures for ambient, accent, task and decorative lighting to create the optimal system. Additionally, you can use dimmable LED lights for so you can manually adjust your settings. For instance, you may need bright lights while shaving or applying makeup, but would prefer a more relaxed atmosphere while bathing.