High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Bathroom

Much like the kitchen, bathrooms put great emphasis on specific task areas and require much detail to lighting plans. The most demanding area for light is at the vanity mirror, while the tub, shower and commode areas need adequate light as well. So just how to do apply high performance lighting to your bath and vanity space?

A single good-quality fixture at the vanity can effectively illuminate small bath and powder rooms.  Almost all bathroom designs include vanity lighting above or beside the mirror.  Larger bathrooms generally need additional fixtures in addition to the vanity. These HPL designs are categorized into 3 parts by the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Direct Lighting– This design provides simple yet efficient lighting. Fixtures have the ability to flood the room with light in all directions. A single light bar above the vanity is a good source of direct lighting.
  • Recessed Lighting– The use of recessed downlights gives a subdued and elegant pattern of lighting while still providing excellent glare control. This design typically requires additional vanity lights or sconces above and on either side of  the mirror.
  • Indirect Lighting– In bath and vanity areas, indirect lighting designs use valances, wall washers or coves to provide quality lighting with excellent glare control. Wall wash lighting can be used to visually expand the room, while a single light valance at the vanity is often sufficient enough for the entire room.

What HPL designs have you applied – or would like to apply – to your bath and vanity space? Check out these designs for inspiration:

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