Bathroom Lighting Buying Guide
Last Updated on Monday, 7 March 2016 07:46
Written by bkshowplace
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:00
When you look around your home’s bathrooms, your attention may be drawn to the outdated lighting in the space. While you may have taken time over the years to update other features, the lighting often is one of the last things to be replaced. However, it is also one of the easier features to replace, and it will have a significant impact on the look of the bathroom. With this in mind, you can use this bathroom lighting buying guide to help you select the right features to update your bathrooms with.
A Word About Size
Many styles of bathroom lights have one fixture with multiple light bulbs in it, and the number of lights will impact the size of the fixture as well as the amount of light that is emitted from the fixture. With this in mind, you can get a reasonable idea about the size of the fixture you need by measuring your existing feature. Take a hard look at how it looks in the current space to determine if you may want to choose a different fixture with one more or less bulb in it for better results.
The Shape of the Lights
The shape of the lights is also something to pay attention to when you are shopping for a new fixture. When you remove the existing feature, you may find that there is a different color of paint on the wall under the fixture, and this is because most people do not remove fixtures to repaint. If you have the same color of paint, you may simply need to touch up the paint and not pay attention to the shape of the fixture. On the other hand, if you do not have the same color of paint, your options are to purchase the same size of fixture or larger or to repaint the entire room.
Wattage Rating or Bulb Type
Another factor to think about relates to the wattage rating and bulb type. Most light fixtures will accept an incandescent or CFL bulb interchangeably, but there are some features that only use LED lightings. LED lights are known for being the most energy efficient options currently widely available to the general public, so pay attention to the type of bulb being used in the fixture for energy savings.
A Wet Area Rating
The final important factor to look for is a wet rating. Some fixtures have clearly been designed for bathroom use, but others, such as sconces, may be designed for use in a hallway, bedroom or other dry area. This rating will help to ensure that you get the most life out of your fixtures in a high humidity environment such as the bathroom.
The lights in your bathroom will impact everything from the aesthetic look of your space to the overall ambiance and functionality of the space. The fixtures likely will be a permanent addition in the room for a decade or longer, so you understandably want to make a thoughtful, educated decision about how to proceed. By focusing your attention on these points, you will be able to make the best decision when shopping for lighting.