April 5, 2020

Let’s face it in an ideal world we would have big natural light and a monster amount of space in our bathrooms but this is not always reality. Sometimes or most times we are stuck with a room where we are lucky to find a second spot for that partner’s toothbrush let alone a beautiful wall of natural light so this is where we are here to help. The big focus of the writing below is on what we call Task Lighting which is a room with limited space is the big priorities.

Task lighting is what tigers are to the Tiger King. It is the most important part of a room with limited options. As the name describes the priority of this type of lighting is geared towards tasks you would complete in the bathroom areas. The main focus of the tasked lighting being that of shaving and make up the main area to get the lighting right is at the vanity section.

Bathroom mirror and sink


Out With The Old In With The New

So the OG (OG is a slang term for someone who’s incredibly exceptional, authentic, or “old-school) of bathroom vanity lighting is the wall-mounted sconces. As shown below they are great for applying light towards the face at the right height. One of the issues with lighting above a mirror is the light shines your forehead down. It is why downlights are often hard to get right for face lighting at the mirror as you want the light coming at you.

Bathroom mirror and sink

The downside of this method if often space, look and cost. Due to the fact you need to wire up two electrical outlets, require a good 200mm to 300mm of space around them and lastly, they often become the feature of the wall most people try to stay away from the lighting regardless of all its pros. So that takes us to the new kid on the block.


Let There Be Light

In the last few years, there has been an explosion of new LED Mirrors on the market due to the affordability and accessibility of them. These types of mirrors have light in them often activate by a finger button somewhere at the front. These mirrors are not only a great feature without being overpowering but allow for you to get more controlled light on your face when you want it opposed having to turn it on when you walk in the door. The one downside of this, as well as mirror cabinet, are touching glass often leaves prints that can drive some people insane.

Round mirror bathroom sink

shower and bathroom sink

round mirror bathroom sink and shower


Bangers and Mash

Like bangers and mash being a staple of my mum’s home cooking, the humble downlight is the staple of bathroom renovations in the 2000s. The best way to look at downlights are they cost-effective, great lighting a space and high degree of flexibility when it comes to installation. Often the hardest task in having downlights is deciding where to put them especially if they are the only light source as you often want to have them over specific items such as a bath or shower area but by doing this they are often not in a line which can drive people a little insane.

heated towel rack in bathroom

Bathroom Mirror and Sink

There you have it my quick break down on essential lighting for your small bathroom renovation in Perth WA. There are a few other lights to mention such as pendant lighting or really any decorative lighting but I wanted to focus on practical themes which as my wife often that I am too practical. It is important to always note though as this advice is general you often you should speak to a qualified electrician looking at your job. If you do live in Perth and you need that great electrician to look at your work check out or recommendation below Mitch and mention this article and hey may look after you on this price 🙂

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This article was written by James Mc, one of the founders of On the Ball Bathrooms with over 15 years of bathroom renovation experience combined with knowledge of over a 2000+ completed renovation projects. We hope that we have helped you in any way with some helpful renovations tips or just at least some pretty renovation pictures to look at 🙂

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