Accent Bathroom Lighting
Bathroom accent lighting serves the purpose of projecting light onto things that are not task related. In the diagram, the lighting above the tub is accent lighting.
It accentuates the tub area without focusing light on a task areas, such as the mirror or the vanity counter where you apply your makeup.
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Accent lighting could be described as aesthetic rather than necessary as it illuminates areas that might benefit from light without such light being fully necessary.
Having said that the distinction between accent lighting and task lighting is a bit fuzzy, because although the plants at the head of the tub are accentuated with accent light, when you shave your legs in the tub it really helps to be in bright light.
The main point of this post is accent lighting is focused and often ornamental. For that reason it does not need to be the brightest bulbs around and I personally recommend low wattage halogen (light intensity is actually measured in lumens, not watt, but for any given type of lighting there the higher the wattage the higher the lumens).
For bathroom areas where the lighting is sometimes accent (focus on the plants) and sometimes task (shaving your legs) I recommend a dimmer so when you need the light to be turned up, you can easily do so.
I consider light dimmers to be one of the great inventions of the 20th century and feel one should not skimp on dimmers when remodeling their bathroom.
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