Bathroom Lighting 101: Bring your personal spaces to life with the right LED lights – Architecture and Design
Leading LED lighting specialist Brightgreen explains how you can use LED bathroom lights to bring your bathrooms (and your faces) to life. Add Tru-Colour tech to light up your faces, and you’ll look up to 30% better in the bathroom.
What you need to know about light quality
To get the perfect light quality, your bathroom lights’ Colour Rendering Index or CRI is critical.
If you choose a low-CRI bathroom light fixture, colours will look unnatural. As a result, you’ll think your face looks unhealthy and sickly (when it doesn’t), and you’ll apply more makeup (when you don’t need to).
You want at least 80 CRI for your LED bathroom lights. But there’s a catch. When it comes to anything to do with your face, red is the essential colour. Why? Blood. And if the CRI score of your bathroom light fittings only covers the standard scale (R1 to R8), and red is ignored, which is on the extended scale (R9 to R14), your face will look washed out.
But Brightgreen Tru-Colour LEDs have changed the makeup (and CRI) game. With the purest red on the market and scoring 98 CRI on the extended scale, it’s like applying makeup under direct sunlight.
Colour temperature in your bathroom
Correlated colour temperature or CCT describes how warm or cool a light looks. A CCT that’s too high (too blue) or too low (too orange) will also affect colour accuracy in the bathroom.
We recommend a CCT between 2700K and 3000K for the bathroom, depending on the space’s function. A warmer light (2700K) will feel welcoming and is perfect for the powder room. A cooler light (3000K) is better for colour accuracy and is more appropriate for a master bathroom.
Bathroom lighting 101: How to pick your bathroom light fixtures
- Think about how you’re going to use your bathroom. And then pick the bathroom light fixtures to match those functions. For example, many people use makeup, so it makes sense to have task lighting next to vanity mirrors.
- Avoid the one bulb show. Even if your bathroom is tiny, a single bathroom downlight isn’t going to cut it. You’ll need a range of lights, and you’ll need to layer your bathroom with ambient, task, and accent lighting.
- Light glare is terrible. We hate glare. Avoid it at all costs. Like kitchens, bathrooms are also very shiny places. For example, if you’re placing bathroom downlights over the tub, you’re almost guaranteed to come eye-to-eye with light glare.
Getting hot, wet and steamy in the bathroom – IP-rated bathroom lights
Bathrooms are damp, moist places. So if you’re placing your lights in wet areas, you’ll want to make sure your lights can handle direct and/or indirect moisture.
You’ll need bathroom lights with Ingress Protection Ratings (IP Ratings) from IP44 (the first level of protection) through to IP67 (complete immersion protection). An IP44 rating will be sufficient for ceiling-mounted lights – even above the shower. And an IP67 rating is a safer bet at lower heights.
Ambient, task and accent bathroom lighting
If you want an in-depth guide to light layering, you can check out our guide to kitchen lighting. The same principles will apply to your bathroom light fixtures …….