6 Bathroom Lighting Ideas to Illuminate Your Remodel

Marwa Hasan
Written by Marwa Hasan
Updated December 22, 2021
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Whether you’re remodeling your guest or primary bathroom, it’s crucial to choose lighting that complementse the design and makes it an attractive and comfortable space. The right lighting makes it easier to apply makeup or get your child’s ponytail just right for the first day of school. Even though lighting is crucial, it’s not always a top priority when designing a new bathroom. 

Set aside time and a budget to address your lighting to make the most of your bathroom remodel. Here are some bathroom lighting ideas to inspire you. 

1. Set the Mood With a Chandelier

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Consider using a chandelier to brighten the entire bathroom and make a fashionable statement. A chandelier hanging in the middle of the room or as a centerpiece above the bathtub will make every day feel like a special occasion. 

2. Light Up the Mirror

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Add a neat touch of creativity and style with LED accent lights around your mirror. You can achieve this look using LED rope lights, which will also accent any tile or decorative elements on your wall. 

3. Elevate Your Vanity

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Bathroom vanity lights evenly illuminate the sink and countertop prevent shadows and make it easier to perform detail-oriented tasks like brushing your teeth and shaving. You can use a multi-bulb wall sconce or a track light above the vanity to take the lighting to the next level. 

Ideally, bathroom vanity lights sit 75 to 80 inches above the ground, and scone fixtures are about 28 to 30 inches apart, allowing light to fall on your face with minimum shadows. Avoid lighting that points directly down on the vanity area because it will cast harsh, unflattering shadows—and nobody needs those in their life.  

4. Spruce Your Shower and Bathtub Lighting

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If the ambient lighting in your bathroom doesn’t adequately illuminate your shower or tub area, add extra light fixtures for an elegant experience. These can make the space feel bigger as well as emphasize decorative tiles and fixtures. 

For a shower cabin that is 3 by 4 feet, one recessed light above the unit will be enough. Experiment with one light fixture at each end of the tub or a hanging pendant light right above it. The light will add  a warm atmosphere to the space.

As a safety measure, don’t place lighting directly over a water source, and be sure to use wet-rated lighting for the shower and other areas that are directly or indirectly exposed to moisture.

5. Embrace Night Lights

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Installing low-level night lighting under bathroom cabinets will provide soft illumination for late-night bathroom trips. If you have a floating vanity, try adding lighting underneath the cabinets for an impressive effect. 

6. Add a Dimmer 

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Bright lights with a dimmer switch allow you to control the room’s mood. You can turn lights up for tasks like showering or shaving and turn them down for a soothing bath. A dimmer switch can turn your bathroom into the luxurious and relaxing retreat your home needs.

If you need assistance installing lighting fixtures, call a local electrician. Unless you have the proper training, doing your own electrical work can be dangerous and result in costly repairs and potential injury. A pro can help you transform your lighting safely as you work towards making your dream bathroom a reality.

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