Bathrooms in the house should also be remodeled when rest of the home is being redone. This room of personal hygiene often contains a bathtub, a shower and a water closet/bidet. The bathrooms containing a toilet are often referred to as a restroom in the US. Many other countries a separate toilet is usually available. Rather than being simply a functional unit, these bathrooms are treated as areas for relaxation. So, these need to be spacious and well lit to give the space a pleasing ambiance. A well-designed lighting can make this area truly relaxing and pleasing. Best bet to achieve your goal is to work with a contractor who is well versed in the intricacies of bathroom remodeling and lighting. Energy audits will help keeping your design optimal.
Lighting needs for a bathroom
The task lighting has to ensure the functional areas are well lit, and no ambiguous shadows are present. The accent lighting could be indirect to make the ambiance soft and provide a warm and fuzzy feel. Lights used in shower stalls will be useful in brightening up the stalls. Reading lights near the toilet will be useful in a relaxing session with your favorite book or a magazine.
Mirrors need to have lighting such that it is not too harsh and does not create any shadows. The light also must not distort colors. Quite often, you get best results with light placed around the mirror at about 60 inch height. Lights 28 inch apart help avoid the shadows on the face. Once again, consult your lighting designer working with your bathroom remodeling contractor.
Other Lighting needs
A dimmer that softens the mirror and other lights can be a very useful addition. Lights under cabinets and other places that help find your way around at night will help a lot. If you have senior citizens living in the house, this is an absolute necessity. If you read while relaxing in a hot tub, you will need a reading lamp around the tub. Shower and the tubs need to have a set of lightings that are bright enough to help you clean the stall and the tub. A central fixture with an appropriate lamp will enhance the elegance of your own personal spa. Do work with your bathroom remodeling contractor closely to achieve what you set out to do at the beginning of the project.