There's no reason to flood (pardon me!) a bathroom with loads of light, unless that's what you want to do, of course - and unless you NEED loads of light (lighting designers - like everyone else - often forget that other people occasionally have other needs). So concentrate the light where you need to use it, and that - without fail - is the washbasin. Its the one place in the bathroom where you really care about what you're looking at.
The light ought to be soft (none of those harsh downlights casting shadows where shadows shouldn't be permitted) and preferably coming from either side of the face, not from directly above the head.
Light colour is important, especially for applying make-up. Its a new idea, but I'm hearing more about having wash-basin lighting that provides daylight colour for daytime make-up, with a much warmer light when making-up for the evening. It may sound a bit precious, but there's no denying the fact of it's effectiveness. Its the kind of effect that the new-fangled LED lighting is capable of providing for us.
But given that most of us won't bother with such delicacies, I would ALWAYS propose a warm white light rather than the coolness of the daylight colour, and I am constantly annoyed by those companies who sell illuminated mirrors fitted with cold white lamps. Brrrr.
Home lighting - making it a bit special
Think Global - Act Local!
Talking about LED light bulbs
Lighting the Home: Design Starts Here ... not Here!
Lighting the Home: by The Rules
Lighting the Home: The Kitchen: 2
Lighting the Home: The Basics
Lighting the Home: all those Lamps!
Lighting the Home: Keeping it Real
Lighting the Home: Having Fun!
Lighting the Home: The Bathroom 2
Lighting the Home: Lighting Control
Lighting the Home: The Kitchen 1
Lighting the Home: The Bathroom 1
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BLOGS - LIGHTING DESIGN
John Bullock writes about all things and anything concerning architectural lighting design; new technologies and old lamps; anything,really.
HOME LIGHTING CONSULTANT
John Bullock designs innovative lighting designs for people's homes. By working closely with clients he is able to deliver solutions that meet - and exceed - their expectations.
BLOGS - CPD RIBA CORE PROGRAMME 2015
John Bullock will be presenting a seminar on latest lighting design and technologies as part of the RIBA CPD Core programme 2015
BLOGS - SUSTAINABILITY
John Bullock believes that the UK lighting industry needs to embrace a sustainable way of delivering good quality product through good design, fabrication and end-of-life management.
CONDUIT (6) - Lighting for Winter Gardens
CONDUIT 5: Home Lighting - LED Lighting (2)
FX Magazine: Lighting Focus - Sustainability (Issue 258)
CONDUIT 4: Home Lighting - LED Lighting (1)
Can Smart Lighting Save The Planet?
CONDUIT 3: Home Lighting - The Bathroom
Can Lighting Save Us From Ourselves . . . NO!
CONDUIT 2: Home Lighting - The Dining Room