Good Lighting Needs to be Planned
When devising a lighting plan for their bathroom most homeowners forget about shower ceiling lights for brightening up their stall. Good ambient luminance for showers doesn’t just happen, it has to be planned. To prevent trips when getting in and out of a poorly illuminated bathing enclosure and to actually see what you’re doing when shaving and grooming, these ceiling lamps can provide clarification along with glare-free illumination to get these rudimentary tasks done.
There are two primary solutions for your shower. Lighting that is directly above your shower or ambient light that is adjacent or specifically directed towards illuminating your bathing area, as in task lighting. Building codes stipulate that lighting fixtures used over your shower or within an enclosed bathing stall should be vapor-proof down-lights. Conversely, a single central lighting fixture located on the ceiling directly above the shower or installed high on your bathroom wall should provide enough illumination for you to clearly see by.
Also if you have a tub/shower combination bathing unit, place your shower light fixtures so that the beams don’t shine directly into your eyes when you’re lying down taking a bath. Shower ceiling illumination can range from simple recessed down lights to elaborate clear crystal 5-light chandelier fixtures depending on the distance of the light to the actual water source.
Use Waterproof Fixtures
It’s no secret that shower ceiling lights are an element that many people ignore when thinking about the layout of their bathroom. Don’t you make the same newbie mistake. When planning illumination for tubs and showers, ask a qualified electrician about the waterproof fixtures you can use that meet the building codes and moisture barrier specifications for a bathing enclosure in your municipality.
Proper illumination in a washroom can make or break the usability, comfort and safety of the room. Many people take lighting for granted and when they actually do think of decorative lighting, they usually concentrate on increasing visibility by their vanity so that they can clearly see the mirror while grooming. However, the best solution when devising a luminosity plan is to use more than one type of approach to ensure your room for freshening up is properly lit throughout.
If your primary lighting source is recessed down-lights, it’s important to place them close enough together so that their brightness patterns overlap. Recessed shower fixtures are great because they are non-obtrusive and can be used for both task and general ambient lighting.
Recessed vs Surface Mounted
The one thing that most first time renovators forget when purchasing recessed ceiling lamps is that the recessed housing is normally not included so they have to take this into consideration when coming up with a remodeling budget for the illumination products in their washroom.
Surface mount fixtures are great for ensuites where the ceiling is high enough away from the water source yet cannot accommodate recessed ceiling fixtures. Contemporary fittings for your shower stall should be bright enough to light around the tub and shower for safety, grooming and reading if you want to enjoy some literature while you soak.
Pendant lamps or a wrought-iron chandelier designed for wet areas can elegantly brighten a bathtub or shower alcove. These fanciful shower lights add both radiance and glamour to your room’s ambiance. Remember that shielded shower ceiling fixtures eliminate glare and shatter-resistant white acrylic diffusers are the safest to be used in an environment of adjusting water temperature or showerheads.
The most important aspect of installing shower illumination is to ensure that the ceiling lamp is waterproof and is protected properly so that water cannot accumulate in any wiring compartments, lamp holders or other electrical parts.
Setting the Stage
Shower ceiling lights can set the stage in your lavatory. Get a lighting fixture that can be dimmed for creating mood, however it should be vapor-proof and clearly approved for use in wet locations. Scones and other lights on your bathroom walls adjacent to your shower area can create accent and mood lighting that can be accentuated by purchasing a clear glass shower enclosure instead of shower curtains or frosted glass shower doors.
Layering your lavatory lighting from a variety of sources, heights and different angles provides the most flexibility to provide a well-lit and safe bathing space . And don’t forget about the importance of mirrors in your home bath as they can be used as a sort of shortcut to bounce luminance around your lavatory enhancing its overall effect. Low-voltage track lights can be used to brighten up the space, primarily used for task lighting; they can be directed towards your shower enclosure to effectively illuminate the area.
The Color of the Illumination Affects the Ambiance of the Room
Whether you use incandescent, florescent or halogen shower ceiling lights will depend on the color of the illumination you want and the energy efficiency of the fixture. Unfortunately fluorescent bulbs cannot be used with dimmers in your washroom.
Singe vs Multiple Brightness Sources
In most ready rooms the single light source a washroom usually has, just isn’t enough to illuminate your shower as well, necessitating the use of shower ceiling lights. This is because the ambient light source is usually placed in the center of the bathroom or over the vanity area, and the shower is located in one of the corners, where the rays don’t shine as brightly.
If the illumination isn’t enough, the simplest solution would be to get a more powerful light bulb, but doing that raises another problem for most interior decorators: the radiance now becomes too bright in the rest of the washroom!
Other times, the light fixture just doesn’t allow the installation of a more powerful light bulb, so installing new ceiling lights for your shower enclosure may be the only viable solution to bring enough iridescence into the stall. When in doubt, consult a local certified electrician on advice on choosing the best waterproof shower ceiling light to meet your needs.