Interior & exterior lighting design, South Yorkshire
This stone-built home in South Yorkshire features striking architecture and a wonderfully rich blend of textures and materials.
Bathroom lighting is about delivering great lighting that can be, by turns, glamorous, relaxing, calming and functional.
This is an area where early planning and tight integration with the building or renovating work is an absolute must to get the best results.
The bathroom can often be a comparatively small room but the range of lighting requirements can be one of the widest in the house. Usage and needs drive lighting design. The bathroom is used for the early morning shower and the relaxing late night soak. It needs great lighting for putting on make-up or shaving. It needs to be as user-friendly for kiddies’ bathtime as for an adult spa-type bath so bathroom lighting needs to be flexible and functional
Delivering great bathroom lighting means using sufficient circuits to give the flexibility needed. The ability to alter the light intensity of each circuit individually makes lighting control an important consideration. This is a room where good colour rendering is more important than many other rooms. This places the quality of light as a priority which in-turn drives careful selection of light sources. Finally, the bathroom can be a space for everyday luxury or a bit of “me time”; there is often the opportunity to have fun with accent lighting alongside the important task and ambient light.
The most common mistake people make when looking at bathroom lighting is to use insufficient lighting circuits. Using multiple circuits allows raising or lowering the intensity of the lighting in specific areas of the bathroom according to how it’s being used. Combine that with careful selection of light sources and it is possible to vary both the intensity and colour of light to suit the early morning shower as much as the night time bath.
Designing fittings into different hard surfaces of the bathroom is a great opportunity for stunning looks. However it needs early planning. Integration requires detailed design and consistent communication between the different parties involved in designing and fitting the bathroom.
The uplighting for this striking moden bath was designed and templated early in the design phase of the build. The cabling and installation points were installed ahead of the screed being laid. Finally, 18 months later the bath was installed. The look is striking but this sort of effect does require a joined up approach from the construction and design teams.
The same bathroom shows an example of building bathroom lighting into the fabric of the room to give highly functional light and a stunning look. Great make-up lighting requires shadow-free coverage and accurate colour rendering. Downlighters alone are unlikely to offer the even light required. Off the shelf cabinetry frequently uses low quality fluorescent or LED lighting with poor colour qualities. A more flexible alternative is to install good quality lighting around or onto the mirror itself. This allows greater choice around fittings, still gives a beautifully integrated look and provides the high quality light needed.
23 Jul 2019
We often advise on bathroom lighting as part of our lighting design service so here is a quick guide to the regulations and how they apply to lighting. This is a handy reference guide, it isn’t an installation guide. For more detailed information refer to the IEE Wiring Regulations (17th Edition)…
19 Aug 2014
Bathrooms need to be flexible spaces. This post offers five bathroom lighting tips to make your bathroom that bit more special. Plan for flexibility, use enough circuits You’ll want excellent lighting for the basin and mirror areas, and soft lighting for the bath. You’ll want lighting for the shower…