This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling as well as part of a sub-series on lighting. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
As stated in a prior post, lighting design falls into different categories of ambient lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting.
Ambient lighting is the name we give to the general “everywhere” light that is not focused. I desired to show an image that demonstrated ambient lighting without either task or accent lighting, but what is displayed is the best one I found.
The lighting above the mirror is an example of task lighting. Lighting whose purpose is to provide focused light in a specific area for specific tasks, in this case personal grooming.
The ambient lighting in the picture is everything light source that is NOT the task lighting.
Ambient lighting gives the bathroom it’s general level of overall light. It is what makes you feel the feel the bathroom is too dim, too yellow, maybe too bright (although as you get older the concept of “too bright” falls away).
I find the best design for ambient light is to use bulbs which produce light that is as natural as possible and can be dimmed. These are purchased at specialty lighting or hydroponic stores (they’re sold as “grow lights”) and they cost a small fortune (you may pay as much as $20 for one bulb) but the light quality they provide is outstanding.
The dimmer allows you to set the light level very low for mid-night trips to the bathroom while using maximum brightness after you’ve woken up for the day.
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