The master bath serves many purposes — at times a place of refuge to soothe the soul; often a work place to pamper and prepare; other times a showplace that must sparkle and dazzle. Lighting is the one of the tools a remodeler has to create these various moods through the use of a variety of spotlights, mood lights, task lights and indirect lights.
Today a well-lit bath depends on a mix of different types of lighting. Bath areas are becoming larger, so general lighting, such as recessed fixtures, is needed to illuminate these areas. Controlled lighting is used to establish the proper mood. Overhead lighting should be a minimum of 75 watts per partitioned area of the bath.
Yet another type of lighting is recommended for the dressing area, which needs eye-level lighting fixtures at least 30 inches apart with a minimum of 60 watts per light. Wall sconces or chain hung (pendant) fixtures can provide this type of lighting. This technique lends a balance of light on both sides of the face for applying cosmetics and grooming without producing a glare from light reflected in the mirror.
The Dallas-based American Lighting Association offers plenty of information to help remodelers determine the correct lighting. The association offers these tips to lighten up your next bathroom project:
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