Well-chosen lighting can create a sophisticated and comfortable interior. Using a variety of shades, sconces and chandeliers, designers strive to create a harmonious environment, focusing on important items of decor. A careful approach should be the area of the mirror in the bathroom. The combination of aesthetics and functionality is the key to successful solution of the tasks design aimed at the formation of exclusive and utilitarian bathroom interior.
The interior of any dwelling contains in its Arsenal, not the only copy of the mirror. It is hard to imagine the situation of the hallway, bedroom and bathroom without the usual attribute of any fashionista. The value of mirrors with quality illumination in the interior of the bathroom is difficult to overestimate. The formation of the image for the next day or Facials may be done only with the full coverage of his reflection.
What functions are assigned to the mirror? Let’s see:
- to provide comfortable conditions for organization of cosmetic procedures, and hair styling services able front lighting;
- proper lighting reduces eyestrain and reduces eye fatigue;
- contributes to the creation of the peaceful atmosphere of the bathroom, when after a busy day you want to take water treatments without the use of a primary source.
Manufacturers offer a wide range of mirrors and fixtures in the bathroom interior. The entire range of product is divided into three groups:
- integrated lighting mirror;
- separate elements for lighting the mirror area;
- lighting type sconces.
The acquisition of mirror with integrated lighting – intelligent investment in the interior design with proven efficacy. Among the advantages of concludes that the functionality, ease of installation and the uniqueness of the situation of the bathroom. The decision on the design of the mirror is automatically eliminated, the manufacturer alone has taken care of the permission problem.
For the creative mind who prefer to make their own ideas on the formation of the interior, missing the opportunity to Express creative ability. However, the integrated lighting is not a barrier to installing additional lighting type sconces.
The items of the external illumination for mirrors in the bathroom are predominantly small in size. The design is identical to the wall or a standard wall lamps have horizontal and vertical clamping system. The key difference is the traditional fluorescent lamp to fix on the wall. Outdoor lighting is highly functional and does not require a lot of care, combined with many styles of designs and easy to operate. The disadvantages could be considered excessive minimalism is not always appropriate when decorating the bathroom interior. Furnished with the use of external lighting mirrors office takes on the character.
The classical solution equipment the bathroom mirror-backlit – mounting brackets. The taste of consumers presents a lot of designs, allowing you to choose the model depending on the chosen style of bathroom interior. The advantages include the possibility of various mounting options – above or at the sides of the mirror, attractive look, matching the rest of the elements. Among the shortcomings noted the likelihood of a disproportionate size between the mirror and lights, not all designs may only be operated in a high humidity environment.
So as not to regret a bad purchase in the future, carefully consider all the nuances of the upcoming purchase. This applies to both mirrors combined with lighting and separate lighting for the bathroom.
First of all, decide the suitable for your interior dimensions of the mirror. The delicacy of the situation a spacious bathroom, it appeals to a large part of the decor. Owners of small premises well-chosen mirror will not feel discomfort compressed space. Regardless of the overall size, height-it should provide good visibility of the person in full growth, that is, the upper edge is at the level of 1.7-2.2 m from the floor level. Width also varies: minimum starts from the size of the shell, the maximum is limited by the walls.
Interior lights mirror does not belong to the novelties of the season, although the majority of consumers that’s perceived. The principle consists in equipping an integral element of the bathroom interior LEDs, the brightness of which is frosted glass. Mirror equipped with lighting in different variations:
- exclusively the top part;
- using decorative asymmetry.
Among the assortment of uncommon instances, performing the function of the cabinets. To decorate the interior of the bath like part of the decor – an expensive pleasure. Cabinet with mirror bathroom allows to solve several problems at once – to hide from prying eyes personal hygiene items and comfortable to equip a place for Facials. Mirror with internal lighting are often made on an individual project, taking into account all wishes of the customer.
Much more economical without loss of functionality to purchased for bathroom mirror with external lighting. The exclusive interior will surely drop, but practicality will remain the same. Depending on the size and structure of the mirrors placed it on top or on the sides. It should also mention the version of the decorative illumination of the mirror. She is not able to fully perform the function of lighting the interior of the bathroom and need to install additional external lamps.
To choose lighting for bathroom, complement the main light source, most conveniently simultaneously with the mirror. In practice, the situation is different. However, adhering to the recommendations of the experts on interior design, buy harmonious lighting will be easier. Note in the interior is needed on the following points:
- Standard mirror surface rectangular sizes needed in a pair of lighting devices located symmetrically relative to its plane. Place of fixation depends on the model of bra – whether the horns pointing up or down. Pair combination to compensate for the shadow mapping and provides the maximum relief a selection of the face.
- Visually increase the size of the narrow mirror in the bathroom will allow the lights installed above it on a horizontal line. Wide decor element requires increasing the number of lights. It is located at a height of 2 m from the floor level, the mount can be wall or ceiling.
- To provide a high quality backlight mirror is medium size the bathroom is capable of 3 lamps. Optimally place them on the perimeter – two at the sides and one on top.
- To illuminate a round or oval decorative elements of the bathroom interior in addition to lamps and halogen lamps, the appropriate use of LEDs.
- Lights for mirror, «recessed» in the niche is there, otherwise the light reflection is insufficient.
The light in the mirror area should be bright, but diffused and does not irritate the eyes. With this purpose, it is appropriate to use a transparent or white lampshades made of glass or plastic. The presence of the frame requires to choose the model of bra in accordance with the frame of the mirror, given its color and stylistic design.
To illuminate the mirrors in the bathroom can be used with halogen or fluorescent lamps as well as led ribbon or led. Each of the elements of interior lighting has its advantages and disadvantages, the choice depends on the model of lamp, size of the bathroom, the shape of the mirror and other factors.
Lighting the mirror area of the bathroom is a task that requires engineering and electrical skills. The installation process is preceded by careful planning to achieve:
- hiding the wiring;
- compliance with operational safety;
- the harmonious combination of interior elements with the General concept of bathroom design.
Lighting for the bathroom must meet the requirements of safe operation and not be placed in close proximity to water. One of the leading technical indicators for luminaires – moisture resistance, the acquired illumination must have protection class IP67. When removed from direct sources of water more than 1.5 m, use appliances with protection class IP44. Owners spacious interiors bathroom, allowing you to place the lights away from the cranes at a distance of more than 3 m, is allowed to operate the lighting class of security IP27, IP20. The characteristics of the protect – o-rings at the joints and one-piece canopy.
Difficulties can arise when mounting brackets or wiring on the wall already decorated with tiles. Therefore, the lack of practical experience, it is better to seek help from professionals. Quality work for a long time will delight you with elegant interior bathroom and facial in front of a mirror with a harmonious light will bring true pleasure.