LIGHTING FOR BATHROOM, THE GUIDE: 4 PRACTICES TO MAKE IT LOOK STUNNING

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LIGHTING FOR BATHROOM? LET US UNDERSTAND ITS ORIGIN

Before explaining 4 lighting for bathroom practices to we must understand where the bathrooms come from.

At the time of the Roman Empire, baths had a very important social space considered as meeting spaces.

But at that time, very few people could afford to have a bathroom at home. 

This was how the “Roman baths” were born, where social, gymnastic and playful activities were carried out.

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HOW HAVE THE CONCEPT EVOLVED TO NOWADAYS?

Today there are religions that still maintain purification practices by bathing or cleaning parts of the body. 

For example, Muslims have a series of rituals known as ablutions, which require of the faithful a washing protocol at certain special times.

Believers of Hinduism also have similar practices.

However, time and urban typologies have change and consequently bathrooms also have change to their minimal expression thus the concept of its lighting.

Nowadays, the modern bathroom is a small space with a clearly rational purpose. A bathroom is a simple and organizational space.

ILLUMINATE A BATH TO ENJOY IT.

What do we mean by this?  When you illuminate a bathroom, do it thinking that everything that happens in there is a intimate ritual and so should be the light

Every movement within a modern bathroom has a raison d’être but will also have a necessary intention. 

People don’t go to the bathroom to sleep or to socialize. The bathroom is a space for concrete acts…. and to relax.

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SO... HOW SHOULD WE DO LIGHTING FOR A MODERN BATHROOM?

Before entering into matter it is important that you choose the lighting color temperature of your space.

We leave this link with information: HOW TO CHOOSE THE COLOR TEMPERATURE FOR A SPACE

 Now that you have chosen the right color temperature, how to illuminate a bathroom professionally? When we are in a bathroom we have to consider it as the place where situations linked to our own body will take part, so the necessary light should be selected from a “LUMINIC QUANTITY” point of view

In other words, bathroom lighting design should be able to give us the capacity to see us and perceive us (the user) within that very small space

This is where those of us who dedicate ourselves to lighting design as a profession can make our greatest contribution by making the bathroom a place that can be illuminated in an artistic way.

The advantage we have now is the existence of the LED whose ability to integrate into any surface through profiles allows us to play with the creative practice of lighting.

USE THESE 4 PRACTICES WHEN DESIGNING LIGHTING FOR A BATHROOM

PRACTICE 1 - HIGHLIGHT THE FACE

To illuminate a bathroom as a professional you must begin lighting up the face in front of the mirror so that none of the parts of the face generates shade.

When illuminating a face we find several factors: it is a convex shape with concavities (eyes) and protudings (nose and ears) in front of a mirror or reflective plane. 

This means that each part of the face generates shade and decreases the real and detailed perception.  

Be inspired in the dressing rooms of theaters when they use a mirror surrounded by light emitters that bathe all angles of light on the face.

This means that in a house, the light has to be reflected in most of the areas surrounding the face so that the path of light can reach it from all angles.

Take special care with this emitter and carefully verify the exact position. 

As a rule, a separate emitter 4″ or 10cm from the mirror and with a closed angle is placed on the ceiling to achieve light bounce from below (i.e., from the sink).

Then, just use your creativity to optimize the effect playing with different light emitters.

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PRACTICE 2 -LIGHT THE SHOWER/ BATHTUB

Illuminate the body in the shower and not the body of the shower (they are two very different things).

When lighting for bathroom you have to consider that the shower is the relaxation area par excellence, however it does not always end up being a comfortable space for reasons of size/space. 

The best way to illuminate a large or small shower in the bathroom is to use the material with which it is built (use it as a reflective screen).

Use a waterproof LED strip lights or lamps capable of radiating luminous flux to the vertical surface that limits the shower (wall) . Achieve the reflector effect by light bouncing to illuminate subtly and homogeneously the entire area.

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PRACTICE 3 - ILLUMINATE FREQUENTLY USED OBJECTS

Illuminating frequently used objects is the best way to achieve a bath with a multiple and perfectly separated functions. 

LED spot emitters are wonderful to dramatically light up bathroom objects: the W.C., the bidet, the towel racks and (why not?) a collection of soaps or a sculpture in the…bathtub.

1.- The W.C. and bidet when are focus of illumination should be done considering the position of the hands of the person who uses them. 

Never illuminate the center of the object. It makes no sense to exalt it as an sculpture.

2.- The bathtub, towel racks or any important decorative element incorporated in the bathroom should be illuminated as if they were museum sculptures. Use spotted and direct light.

PRACTICE 4: LINK ELEMENTS THRU LIGHT

Make bathroom lighting a game of effects and sensations.

It is important that all these illuminated elements should communicate with each other so that the bathroom does not become something like a deposit with shower and latrine.

The guiding line should be the same color temperature of spot lighting.

For bathrooms we recommend using Neutral White (between 4000K and 4300K) with CRI emitters above 90 that will allow us to see everything that happens with real and saturated color.

There are currently many resources to achieve extraordinary results with aluminum profiles and high efficiency LED strips that adapt to any situation.

SOME LAST WORDS:

Of these 4 practices to do lighting for bathroom we can say that it is a technical and creative work that can ensure a beautiful setting with the proper use of light.

Architects and designers in the last 30 years have made a great contribution to bathroom design.

Nowadays we get open space bathrooms, bathrooms that isolate the W.C. area from the rest, sink integrated in the vestier or heated showers outdoors. 

However even the basic typology of “garage lighting” prevails.  

Let us be creative when it comes to lighting a bathroom and make this space a magical place just like the Romans did!  Remember that you can visit our shop and buy a special kit to do your next lighting for bathroom