How to Utilize Natural Light in Your Bathroom


Bathroom lighting. It’s important, right? Not only for safety’s sake—although that’s a major consideration—but because this is the room where you shave, shower and/or apply your makeup. You need to be able to see what you’re doing!

Now straight talk about bathroom lighting should cover not only how much lighting you need, but also what kind. Granted, the need for some artificial light is inescapable. Still, conventional wisdom holds the more natural light you have in the bath, the better. The challenge is getting that light in there and knowing how to make the best use of what you get.

Getting natural light into the bathroom can be easy or next to impossible, depending on the location and design of the room. Ideally, the bathroom will be built on an exterior wall and include at least one window—and the bigger, the better. The task then becomes how to spread that light as far as possible. A few suggestions would include:

  • Covering the window(s) with either film or translucent glass shades that let light in, as opposed to shades or blinds that block it out
  • Painting the walls white (or some shade of it) to reflect the light, while using accessories and accents to add that pop of color
  • Having an open, airy (glass) shower design that reflects light instead of absorbing it
  • Strategically positioning mirrors next to a window to act as “interior windows,” reflecting sunlight into other parts of the room
  • Choosing highly reflective chrome or other shiny metal fixtures and fittings instead of light-sucking wood or matte plastic

You can add light by installing a skylight that will admit a whole lot more natural light than your average window. (Just be sure to choose a model you can open and close either remotely or mechanically to let moisture and odors escape.) If the room is too small for a regular skylight, or you have one and would like to add more light, check out tubular skylights, also known as solar tubes. These let in the light, too, but in smaller, more concentrated cylinders. Replacing a small section of wall with glass blocks is another way to draw in the light without sacrificing privacy.

The real challenge arises when you try to bring light into a windowless interior bathroom. But believe it or not, it can be done. The way you tap into natural light in this case is to install windows (or those handy glass blocks)—in front and back walls and/or over doors—allowing light from exterior windows to shine through.

Now normally, natural light is a good thing you can’t have too much of, but if you find yourself blinded by the glare on a sunny mid-summer’s day, you can buy waterproof, mold-and-mildew-resistant

shutters. Tilt them toward the ceiling to keep bright sunlight coming in under more controlled conditions.

Natural light makes both you and your bathroom look good, plus it’s energy efficient. Good reasons to find ways to bring in the light and stretch those rays. John Wildes is the owner of and has a passion for home improvement, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.

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How to be Prepared for Your In-Store Appointment 

At Galaxie Lighting, we believe in giving you the best service possible – that’s why we offer custom, in-store consulting to go over every aspect of your lighting needs! Our lighting design experts will help you determine the shape, size and style of lights to suit your house. And the best part? It’s free!

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your consultation so we can help you in as quick and effortless way as possible.

Call for an appointment after your home is wired:

We are more than happy to help walk-ins, of course, but it’s best to call and schedule an appointment with one of our lighting experts. That way, you’re guaranteed one on one time to go over all of your needs.

If you are building, the best time to begin your lighting consult is when your house has been wired or had a four-way inspection. This allows us to have enough time for your fixtures to be delivered, which is typically 2-3 weeks. If you are doing a remodel – you are welcome to schedule an appointment any time, just be aware that the shipping time is the same.

Bring in examples:

We LOVE when clients bring in examples! Whether it’s from our site, Pinterest, or Houzz (you can follow us on both for ideas), it helps our experts know your style when you’re able to bring in pictures of what you have loved. We can usually order the exact one, or find something similar that would better suit your price range.
Also, become familiar with style types and finishes that you have liked. If you know you hate chrome, it’s easier for us to steer you towards all oil rubbed bronze, for example. Even shapes come into play here: bell, round, and square glasses all give a distinct look, and come in different colors and transparencies. By having an idea of what you prefer, our experts can point you in exactly the right direction.

Create a wishlist:

Another easy way to help make your appointment run smoothly is to create a Galaxie Lighting wishlist beforehand. That way, all your consultant has to do is pull it up, and you’re ready to start ordering or make any changes you might need.

Have a budget in mind:

There is no such thing as a house without a budget – even the mult-imillion dollar houses that we have assisted have budgets for each aspect of their home. Rest assured that we are prepared to handle any budget and still find you the style that you need with light fixtures and fans that you will love.

Prepare to spend at least an hour to two hours:

A lighting consultation is a very in-depth meeting that goes over every fixture, from the tiniest flush mount to the biggest chandelier. We leave no stone unturned going over your house lighting needs, so please be prepared to spend an hour to two hours with our lighting design consultant. We want you to love the lights you buy from us, and not feeling rushed is part of that process.

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