Shower Lighting Ideas and Fixtures That Will Transform any Bathroom

Shower Lighting Ideas

The bathroom is often an underappreciated and underinvested area of the home. With so many relaxing technological options, like steam showers and Jacuzzi tubs, you can turn your bathroom into your own personal spa. Your day most likely begins and ends in this room, so why not take a little extra care regarding your shower lighting ideas and create the perfect haven for recharging and unwinding?

shower lighting ideas

Recessed shower lighting

The Basics

There are 2 good basic shower lighting fixtures that are absolutely worth the cost of installation. The first is a recessed fixture that lies flush with the ceiling directly above your shower. Recessed shower lighting provides ample and even visibility at any time of day and does not compete with accent lighting or any bathroom décor. The second is a flush mount ceiling light. For both, be sure to opt for a glass lens rather than a plastic one. Plastic will yellow over time and distort the quality of the lighting, while glass maintains its clarity and allows for optimal luminescence.

Natural Lighting

Bringing in as much natural light is the best way to light a shower space during the day. There are two ways of doing this. One is to add windows, which can be frosted or have blinds fitted to provide privacy. Another way would be to install a skylight.

A skylight installed above a shower

A Water Show

The use of LED lighting in the increasingly trending as it provides modern bathroom lighting. LED shower lighting is efficient, environmentally friendly, and affordable. There are a number of stylish ways to incorporate LED shower lights into your bathroom.

Temperature-sensitive LED showerhead lights attach quickly and easily to any standard shower pipe. They are powered by the running water via an internal turbine, so they automatically come on when you turn on the shower and have no effect on your electricity bill. The real kicker, though, is that the light shines blue when you first turn on the shower, but once the water has heated up to 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) the light turns red so you know that the water is nice and warm.

Led Rain Shower Head

Rain shower heads of various shapes and sizes are also a contemporary trend as showering under one is a luxurious experience. They have a crisp and intriguing futuristic look. Some models feature LED lighting that changes colors and creates a dramatic light show.

Creating a Feeling of Luxury

Do not forget about accent lighting. Accenting lighting is not just for the vanity area (aka bathroom mirror lights). You can install decorative and functional accent lighting inside or around your shower to really make it your own. LED rope lighting can be used to line the shower where the ceiling and walls meet. It adds definition and is highly energy efficient for long-lasting, hassle-free use. You can get them in just about any color and some manufacturers even offer color-changing and dimming options.

shower accent lighting

Bathroom wall lights are another option for adding accent lighting in a shower. One idea is to have a cut away within the wall. Here you can place a vase of flowers and have a light fitted right above. This can also be a place where you can store your amenities.

Another idea is to install Light Shape. These are bathroom tiles that have an elegant design cut out of them, where a light shines through. Have a look at our post for more information on them: designer bathroom lights by Fiandre.

Light Shape wall tiles

The Final Touch

The final touch to bathroom shower lighting ideas is to add a dimmer switch to the light fixtures. This is a simple way of revamping your bathroom. That way you have the option to use full brightness when you need it for quick showering, shaving, getting ready, or reading in the tub, but you can tone it down when you want more tranquil in shower lighting. For information on lighting a bathroom, have a look at our post on bathroom light fixtures.

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photo credits: A&A Design Build Remodeling, Inc. Favaro JR. andrechinn  Villa Amor in Sayulita

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