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Tips and LED lighting techniques for small bathrooms

Published : 01/14/2019 12:18:49
Categories : First steps

Tips and LED lighting techniques for small bathrooms

In general, the scarcity of space is often a problem when making decisions in terms of lighting or decoration, but playing with certain aspects this does not have to be something that occurs by imposition. There are tools so that, for example, lighting small bathrooms is not qualitatively more complex than a larger one. Although it is true that in these cases more relevant decisions must be made (renounce the bathtub, suspend furniture in the air, etc.), it is also true that LED lighting opens a wide range of options to facilitate the job.

Decoration of small bathrooms: a simple mission? 

Regarding lighting itself, when determining the most suitable for a small bathroom should take into account the following:

  • main point of light is a priority (as in almost any room in the house), especially for times when a specific task is not being executed.
  • Accessory light points are relevant in a bathroom for their reason of being. If the space is reduced, the logic of lighting dictates placing them in the mirrors (as you can see below) for the moments of personal care or execution of more concrete daily tasks. 

 When the central issue is the decoration of small bathrooms, not only light bulbs come into play, but also some more specific "tricks" whose objective is specifically to play visually with the available space. The list of tricks is broad, but the most common is the use of horizontal lines or light colors, which always give a more spacious appearance. Even use mirrors that reach the ground, place them in front of a window or other tricks of purer decoration such as suspend the furniture and / or embed all possible elements, such as faucets.

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Recessed LEDs, just one more option for the bathroom

In principle, the standard recommendation for a bathroom is using neutral light. And that is because as in other parts of the house, such as the dressing room, the idea is to get as close as possible to the same tonalities that sunlight emits, since that way the colors that are perceived under the shelter of a light bulb are the same ones that are received once on the street.

However, decoration experts insist that it is also possible to combine cold light with slightly warmer touches. In fact, a bathroom lends itself especially to it, since there are areas that will always require more light than others. For example, in the shower area (if the dimensions allow it), less cold lights can be used to provide greater visual comfort.

As for the pure choice, a recommended option for small bathrooms are the recessed lights. It seems logical considering other decisions that have already been taken (suspended furniture, etc.); LED downlights are the main proposal, without forgetting more avant-garde alternatives such as recessed luminaires on the floor.

For the selection of a main light point, the surface mounted LED fittings normally win the battle, especially since it is not necessary to open holes in the ceiling. In addition, thanks to their beam angle (180 degrees, even) the installation of only one unit can illuminate the entire bathroom without generating the dreaded shadows. It would be an effect very similar to what is sought in a clothing store.

Lighting in the bathroom mirror, a critical point 

The aforementioned "dreaded shadows" are a problem that usually happens around the mirror area. While you can give up a bathtub, it does not seem possible to articulate a bathroom, however small, without the presence of a mirror. In the case of these specific bathrooms, mirrors with built-in LEDs have stood out as an effective solution. They provide the precise and necessary lighting for the daily personal care, and even many models help in the tasks of optimizing space thanks to its ample storage space.

An important fact that should not be forgotten: any of the LED luminaires chosen for bathrooms must have a high protection against humidity. That is, to successfully complete the task of illuminating it, lamps IP44 or IP65 should be chosen, especially in those closest to the sink or shower.

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