Apr 29, 2021
Frances welcomes guest James Lambrou from Est Lighting to the podcast for this episode of Your Forever Home. Together they chat about Bathroom Lighting and key considerations to think about to ensure your bathroom not only looks fabulous, but is also functional.
They also discuss functional and aesthetic lighting, and how to use both to light up a space - including colour, temperature and side lighting.
Good bathroom lighting shows consideration of 3 elements- functional, mood, and time of day. Bathroom lighting needs to balance shadow and mood for functionality.
You also need to consider bathroom fittings as it forms part of the overall design look and feel as they can add personality to a space.
Natural Lighting is the best lighting in a bathroom. It’s a core consideration when designing bathroom spaces. It’s important to think about window placement, the size of the windows and how your window is going to provide good lighting.
You can achieve a relaxed mood in your bathroom by using wall lights. When looking for wall lighting, you need to consider if it gives off an indirect or direct light.
Direct lighting is more practical as it provides a good amount of light on your face which is handy for getting ready in the morning – especially for putting on makeup or shaving!
Downlights are fine if they are not used as the sole light source in a space. To prevent shadows, avoid putting downlight in front of the basin but rather put it behind you and then add another light source. If it’s not possible, place it slightly in front of you so it lights up the space - and your face!
If you have a shower space that needs a lighting solution, it is best to remove any downlights and just add an IP 67 led strip within the cavity to the corners of the wall. This will give you a good amount of light which will highlight the textures and materials of the shower tiles.
Types of downlights:
Types of Lighting Placement
Frequent go to
XAL- an Austrian manufacturer of high-quality LED lighting systems. They have plenty of off-the-shelf surface-mounted strip lights to choose from.
Articolo Lighting – offers beautiful decorative lighting that gives you a good warm blast of light.
Information on IP rating regulations:
Cool vs Warm light
For bathroom lighting, the main go to for warm spectrum lighting is the 2,700 Kelvin Light, and for cooler lighting, the 4,000 Kelvin Light would be a good option.
Important links mentioned in the podcast
Est Lighting is about balancing practical lighting tools with thoughtfully selected decorative pieces to arrive at a balanced lighting design for any space — solutions that sit comfortably and work in unison with the chosen environment. Visit their website here: https://estlighting.com.au/
EST Lighting Showroom
479 Bourke St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
14 Willis St
Richmond VIC 3121
Services at White Pebble Interiors
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