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Bathroom Lighting Options
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

When it comes to lighting, bathrooms are probably given the least consideration of all the rooms in the house. On the contrary, bathroom lighting is extremely vital and should be properly considered. After all, this is typically the room where everyone puts on their face for the day and without proper lighting, who knows what embarrassing face you'll walk out with. Not to mention, the right bathroom lighting can make the bathroom look so much more gracious. For these reasons, it is important to take the time to sort through all the different lighting options.

You should consider task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. Task, or vanity, lighting is a key component because these fixtures work the hardest to illuminate the head and face for grooming. Ambient lighting is most often supplied by a central fixture; usually a surface-mounted ceiling light and it will create the overall mood of the room. Accent lighting includes the small recessed spotlights used to highlight artwork and accent showers.

Other lighting aspects to consider include bulb types, dimmers, proper placement to eliminate shadows, and overall aesthetics. An interior decorator and/or lighting professional will be able to help you plan out your lighting scheme with more expertise. All the different lighting elements quickly become overwhelming for homeowners that aren't experienced with this particular area of remodeling.

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