4 Common Bathroom Lighting Mistakes

You use your bathroom every morning, every evening, and perhaps a few times in between. When was the last time you looked at your bathroom lighting and how functional it was? At M&M Lighting in Houston, we love helping people discover new bathroom light fixtures, so if you want to update your main bathroom, guest bath, or powder room, we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll look at four common bathroom lighting mistakes and how you can fix any that you find in your home!


Not Enough Task Lighting

When you’re in the bathroom, you likely spend a good amount of time in front of the mirror. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, or putting on makeup, you need to be able to see your face clearly. If there isn’t enough task lighting from a vanity light or wall sconce, you could end up with dark shadows and lines across your face. This can be remedied by adding a new vanity light above the mirror, or better yet, brighter sconces on either side of the sink.


Wrong Bulb Color Temperature

If you’ve ever been in a public bathroom or a bathroom at a friend’s house that had the wrong light bulbs, you probably noticed it immediately. The light may have been too yellow or too orange, and the entire ambiance of the room just seemed off. If you’ve noticed the same thing in your bathroom, it can be as simple as updating the bulbs. The bulbs should be between 2700K-3000K on the Kelvin scale and have a color-rendering index (CRI) of 90. This brighter, warmer light can be ideal for any bathroom.


Outdated Light Fixtures

Lighting style plays an important role in the look and feel of your bathroom, and if you have outdated light fixtures, you may not enjoy using the space as much as you once did. If the lights have older glass shades or globes on them, or they haven’t been updated since you built or moved into the house, it could be time for an upgrade. Our expert team can help you choose the perfect options for any bathroom in your home.


Only One Light Switch

Versatility is key when it comes to bathroom lighting, and if there’s only one light switch controlling every fixture in the space, we can help. You may not want to turn on the overhead lights and only use the vanity lights, or you might want to add a recessed light above the shower or tub for additional ambient lighting — whatever the case may be, it’s best to have one switch for each fixture or set of fixtures in the bathroom.

If you’re looking for new bathroom lighting, or you’ve noticed that your bathroom fits the criteria for any of these lighting mistakes, visit our Houston showroom today. We’ll be glad to help you find new lights, new switches, and anything else you need. We look forward to seeing you soon!