Makeup lighting is specially considered to illuminate the head and face for grooming. The most common mistake is to place recessed lights directly above the mirror as they cast shadows on the face.
Vertical lights or surface mounted Wallights on both sides of the mirror are best for casting an even light across the face.
But given the size and positioning of some vanity mirrors, side lights can be impractical. Direct mounting to the mirror is always an option, or even better, a mirror with built-in lighting (see our Trukko round or square mirror series)
Dressing table lamps should be at least 150 watts - ideally distributed over a fixture that is at least 60cm long so that the light falls evenly over your hair and face (the center of the fixture should be around eye level or about 168cm off the floor. This is guaranteed an even illumination of the face for care and make-up)
The shower is a secondary area of task lighting. In smaller bathrooms, if the stall has a clear glass door, special lighting may not be necessary. Please pay attention to the IP code of the spot directly in the shower, above a free-standing bathtub or the toilet. 12 V low-voltage spotlights should also be used in the shower and bathtub area.
This "fill light" serves as a substitute for natural light. It is usually powered by a central light, usually a surface-mounted or recessed ceiling light.
More creatively, consider a hanging lamp or chandelier instead. Another option is “cove lighting” – indirect lighting.
You should avoid having light aimed directly at your head as it is glaring and unflattering. Instead, position your ceiling light above the walkway area so that it lights you from behind and not directly in front of the vanity.
Accent and recessed lighting
A small recessed spotlight aimed at a decorative piece of art or a beautiful sink in the powder room creates another layer of light in the bathroom.
Finally, a word of advice, there has been a lot of research done to suggest that 'daylight' LED lighting is preferable.