Bathroom Track Lighting

Bathroom Track Lighting

Why Bathroom Lighting Is Important Proper lighting in a bathroom makes all of the difference. From getting ready in the morning to unwinding after a long day, bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in the home, and the correct bathroom lighting is essential to completing tasks or setting the ambiance. Effective bathroom lighting is made up of three parts: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting provides the general light used for moving around, getting dressed or cleaning, while task lighting is brighter, more directional light used to illuminate specific activities such as brushing your teeth or washing your face. Accent lighting ties it all together by illuminating the dark areas or highlighting a decorative detail in the room.How to Light a Bathroom In order to achieve a functional bathroom lighting arrangement, it is important to layer the light by adding a dynamic installation of ceiling lights and wall lights. The first area to focus on lighting is the vanity. Whether the mirror is small and round or long and rectangular, it needs to be fully illuminated from all angles to function properly. To diminish any unwanted shadows, the best vanity lighting arrangement is two bathroom wall sconces on either side of the mirror and a vanity light or bath bar centered above it. This arrangement of bathroom light fixtures casts the bright, task lighting needed for putting on makeup, shaving, and brushing your teeth. Another important tip when lighting the vanity is to avoid mounting a ceiling light directly in front of the mirror. An overhead light in this area could result in uneven, blotchy lighting making getting ready in the morning difficult. Instead, mount bathroom ceiling lights in the center of the room to cast ambient light throughout the space as well as soften the bright light cast from the vanity lights. A flush mount ceiling light with a frosted diffuser will evenly distribute light throughout the room.Modern Bathroom Lighting Ideas In addition to providing light, bathroom lighting fixtures can also add to the design of the room. Bathroom lighting is available in many shapes and sizes, as well as an array of colors and finishes such as chrome, bronze, and brushed nickel. For a stunning alternative to flush mount lights, bathroom pendant lighting will provide the needed light while adding personality to the room. While in a simple bathroom that desires a bold statement, bathroom chandeliers will dramatically enhance the space by adding a modern and luxurious touch while simultaneously adding ambient light. The lighting around the mirror can also be elevated. Instead of traditional bathroom vanity lighting, mount a decorative bathroom light with exposed bulbs above the mirror for a modern industrial feel. Or consider matching the finish of the bathroom lights to the sink and bathtub’s hardware to create a cohesive, polished look. Another way to creatively illuminate a vanity is bathroom mirrors with lights. By combining the mirror and lighting into one, this bathroom light fixture not only is a high-tech upgrade but a compelling space-saving solution for small bathrooms.Featuring a wide assortment of fixtures from bathroom wall sconces to vanity lights to even chandeliers, YLighting has the best in modern bathroom lighting. In addition to the premier selection of bathroom light fixtures from brands such as SONNEMAN, Electric Mirror, and Astro Lighting, YLighting offers free shipping and no sales tax on most orders and has a team of bathroom lighting experts that are happy to help with any design or technical questions at 428 9289.
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Bathroom Track Lighting

Highlight Your Home With Track Lighting Don’t let your lighting get off track. Let Lowe’s help you install track lighting to bring those shadowy places in your home into the light. Start with a fixed track light kit, flexible track light kit or linear track light kit. There are several modern track lighting options available, such as monorail track lighting, low-voltage track lighting, pendant track lighting, bronze track lighting and plug-in track lighting. Choose an energy-efficient option like LED track lights and LED track lighting kits. Shop brand names like, Juno track lighting and transform your home into a showcase as well as light your home efficiently, whether you select kitchen track lighting or ceiling track lighting. All it takes is an easy-to-follow guide like these simple electrical projects and you’ll be well on your way. Illuminate the possibilities.
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Bathroom Track Lighting

Don’t let your lighting get off track. Let Lowe’s help you install track lighting to bring those shadowy places in your home into the light. Start with a fixed track light kit, flexible track light kit or linear track light kit. There are several modern track lighting options available, such as monorail track lighting, low-voltage track lighting, pendant track lighting, bronze track lighting and plug-in track lighting. Choose an energy-efficient option like LED track lights and LED track lighting kits. Shop brand names like, Juno track lighting and transform your home into a showcase as well as light your home efficiently, whether you select kitchen track lighting or ceiling track lighting. All it takes is an easy-to-follow guide like these simple electrical projects and you’ll be well on your way. Illuminate the possibilities.
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Bathroom Track Lighting

Proper lighting in a bathroom makes all of the difference. From getting ready in the morning to unwinding after a long day, bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in the home, and the correct bathroom lighting is essential to completing tasks or setting the ambiance. Effective bathroom lighting is made up of three parts: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting provides the general light used for moving around, getting dressed or cleaning, while task lighting is brighter, more directional light used to illuminate specific activities such as brushing your teeth or washing your face. Accent lighting ties it all together by illuminating the dark areas or highlighting a decorative detail in the room.
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Bathroom Track Lighting

When it comes to interior lighting, bathrooms are probably given the least consideration of all the rooms in the house. The average client I meet doesn’t think to invest there — save it for the living room or kitchen, they say. I see a lot of baths with inadequate lighting at the mirror. Often there’s just a single ceiling fixture that’s supposed to do it all. But as the bathroom increasingly becomes a place to relax and recharge, complete with steam shower and spa tub, the lighting requires extra thought. And when it’s done right, the payoff is great. After all, this is the room where you start and end your day. A good lighting plan is a series of layers — placing ample light where it is needed for showers, shaving, or putting on makeup, for instance, while other light sources enhance the overall mood of the room. Decoding the Layers of Light Task Lighting Vanity lighting gets top consideration because these fixtures work the hardest to illuminate the head and face for grooming. The most common mistake people make is putting recessed ceiling fixtures directly over the mirror. These cast shadows on the face, making daily grooming rituals more difficult. Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for casting an even light across the face. But given the size and positioning of some vanity mirrors, sidelights can be impractical (mounting them directly to the mirror is always an option, but at greater planning and cost). Only then do I suggest a fixture for over the mirror. It should be placed 75 to 80 inches above the floor and, like all vanity lighting, contain at least 150 watts — ideally spread over a fixture that’s at least 24 inches long so that the light will wash evenly over the hair and face. The shower is a secondary area of task lighting. In smaller bathrooms, if the stall has a clear glass door, a dedicated fixture may not be necessary. Otherwise, I recommend a recessed light with a glass lens (plastic will yellow). Similar recessed fixtures work well over a freestanding tub or the toilet.
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Bathroom Track Lighting

Other Considerations Photo by Deborah Whitlaw In this children’s bath, the vanity lights are installed at standard height; the wall-hung mirror can be raised as the kids grow. Set on a separate switch, rope lighting hidden along the vanity’s bottom edge functions as a night-light. Choosing Bulbs A crisp white light tends to render skin tones most accurately. Halogen bulbs set the gold standard. Low-voltage varieties (with a built-in transformer that converts 120 volts to 12 volts) are especially compact, and the smaller bulb gives a nice sparkling effect. Halogen bulbs cost a few dollars more than standard incandescents but can last three times as long. Many feature screw-in bases; those labeled medium-base (MB) are shaped like standard incandescents, so they fit most fixtures. The newest compact fluorescent bulbs also offer good color rendering and are up to 10 times more efficient than regular incandescent bulbs. Think Dimmers These are a lighting designer’s best friend because they grant absolute control over the lighting, and thus the mood, of the room. In a very small space like a powder room, dimming the vanity fixtures might even provide all-in-one task, ambient, and accent lighting. Plus, dimmers conserve energy. The total savings depends on how much you dim the bulb, but one dimmed just 10 percent will last twice as long as a bulb at full brightness. Today’s dimmers work for every kind of light source, though you need to know what to ask for. A 120-volt incandescent or halogen light source will need an incandescent dimmer, while low-voltage and fluorescent fixtures require their own compatible dimmers. Occasionally, dimmed bulbs will buzz as the filament vibrates. Switching to a lower-watt bulb (which has a smaller filament) should reduce or even eliminate the noise. Safety First Attention to aesthetics in the bathroom doesn’t diminish the importance of safety. Electricity and water are still lethal companions, and nowhere do they mingle more closely than in the bathroom. Always consult a certified electrician before tackling even the simplest lighting project. The National Electric Code requires all new outlets to have GFCIs, ground-fault circuit interrupters; the newer ones can be retrofitted to existing outlets. Even with a GFCI, freestanding plug-in lamps should never be placed near a sink or tub. Fixtures that are going to be within a certain distance of the tub or shower (usually 6 feet, though local codes vary) must be “wet” or “shower-location” rated. Don’t confuse this with the less rigorous “damp-location” rating that’s ascribed to most outdoor lighting.

Bathroom Track Lighting

Bathroom Track Lighting