How To Light Your Bathroom Using 8 Of The Best Lighting Ideas

These Are The Ways We Recommend Our Clients In And Around Atlanta, Georgia Light Their Bathrooms

It’s great to look into how to light your bathroom because it can add to or take away from the overall feeling. It can also literally change how you see yourself.

In this post, you can discover 8 ways on how to light a bathroom.

Bathroom with mirror lighting

We Need To Improve Our Lighting

“See how bad the lighting is compared to the newer bathroom photos?” asks Jessica.

Will scrunches up his face. “Ew, yeah, it’s pretty bad. I mean, it fits the look, but that’s also not great. We’re remodeling our master bathroom for a reason.”

Jessica nods firmly. “Exactly. That’s why we need to look into how to improve bathroom lighting,” she says as she unlocks her phone. “It’ll affect the cost to remodel our bathroom, though.”

“Googling for ideas on how to light a bathroom?” asks Will. “Great idea!” Jessica nods. “I sure am. With all the advances in lighting technology, I’m betting we’ll be able to find plenty of ideas.”

Here’s what the couple discovers:

How To Light Your Bathroom In 8 Ways

Bathroom with skylight window, recessed lighting, and mirror lighting

The 3 main ways to light your bathroom are natural light, ceiling lights, and wall lighting. There are multiple ways to add lighting to your bathroom in each category. They include windows, skylights, recessed lights, pendant lights, LED strip lights, chandeliers, above the mirror, and wall sconces.

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Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is any light that comes from the sun.

This is great because, for one, it requires no energy! This can help reduce your energy bill.

Natural light is also great because of how it resonates with people. Sunlight makes people happier. When we don’t have it we get sad (seasonal depression anyone?). A little serotonin boost is a great way to start any morning!

Ceiling And Wall Lighting

Ceiling lights are either in or hanging from the ceiling. They’re excellent for brightening entire rooms. This makes them an ideal choice if you’re wondering how to lighten up a dark bathroom.

Wall lights stick out from the wall. They’re ideal if you’re wondering how to add more light to a bathroom. You mostly see wall lights above or beside vanity mirrors.

1. Windows

Newly remodeled bathroom with a window in the bathroom

There are many choices for bathroom windows (and not just clear).

You can choose opaque windows that let in light but without the view. Most people place them by the tub or in the shower. 

2. Skylights

Modern master bathroom with skylight

This is one of the more fun ways to add light to a bathroom. You look up and see the sky, whether clear and blue, cloudy, or stormy. It’s a nice view to have when you’re relaxing in the bathtub or shower.

3. Recessed Lights

Master bathroom with recessed lights and window

Recessed lights are one of the best ceiling lights. They don’t take up headspace and they light areas with fewer bulbs. Most have a dimmer switch so you can change the brightness.

4. Pendant Lights

Pendant, or hanging, lights are another fine choice for lighting a master bathroom. They bring a different, more elegant feeling to bathrooms. They’re mostly near the vanity.

5. LED Strip Lights

Master bathroom after remodeling with LED strip lighting in the ceiling

LED strip lights are a fun idea for lighting bathrooms! They’re well hidden, so all you see is the light they provide. You can also change the color if you want a different vibe.

6. Chandeliers

Master bathroom with chandelier

This is the fanciest, most elegant ceiling lighting fixture choice. The only place we cannot put them is over bathtubs, and that’s for safety reasons.

7. Above The Mirror Lights

Bathroom with above the mirror lights

If you ask almost anyone how to light a bathroom mirror, they’ll tell you the lights go above it. This is more traditional, but there are better ways to light a mirror so you can see your face more clearly.

8. Wall Sconces

bathroom with wall sconce lights above the vanity

Wall sconces can go above the mirror or on either side. Putting them on either side is better lighting for seeing yourself because this creates less shadow on your face.

Bonus: Mirror Lighting

Mirror with strip lighting on the face

You can also have lighting on the mirror. It’s a strip of light going along the outer face of the mirror. Since the light is pointing right at you there’s virtually no shadow on your face.

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“So many options!” gasps Jessica excitedly. Will grins. “There sure are. I think we should talk about them while we check out the other master bathroom posts on this blog,” he suggests. Jessica nods and the couple starts looking.