How To's

Perfecting Your Bathroom Light

We asked San Francisco–based designer Geoffrey De Sousa, the co–founder of the DeSousa Hughes showroom who has designed residences throughout the Bay Area, Palm Springs, and Boston, for some examples of lighting he likes to use in his bathroom lighting design projects.

GDS: With ceiling fixtures, I prefer those that give off diffused light that isn’t overly directional. The iO ceiling light, for example, offers overall illumination and the light comes out of the sides as well as the bottom.

For vanity lighting I like the Metro Vanity Light. I have this in my Palm Springs home in the master and guest bath. I mounted it horizontally over a long mirror and it can also be mounted vertically as long sconces one either side. It has four very bright halogen bulbs so it gives off an enormous amount of light, but it’s dimmable as well.

In addition, the Stiletto Bath Lights are nice, sleek fixtures you could mount as vertical or horizontal sconces. I also like the simple and modern Elf2 Bath Lights. And it would be beautiful to place a series of Latitude 5650 Wall Sconces around the room with the Latitude Bath Bar above the sink.

For shower or tub lighting, you have to think about water and safety, so look for ceiling-mounted or recessed lighting that’s “wet-location listed,” which means certified as safe in wet conditions and fully covered in glass. I like the Telsa 3.5-in. High Output LED Shower Trim and the square Model LED371 3-in. Downlight Shower Trim. They have a neat, tailored look that’s nice. I tend to use LEDs for strip lighting, and the InvisiLED Pro 24V LED Tape Light is great. You can put this below a cabinet or in a recessed niche in a shower to create a soft glow. The Tesla 2-in. High Output LED 0 to 30 Degree adjustable Reflector Trim is ideal for illuminating wall art.

Finally, for moisture concerns, I would avoid fabric shades on fixtures, particularly if you have a Jacuzzi tub. And cast bronze and brass are more delicate so they tend to corrode sooner. Brushed chrome, nickel, and stainless finishes do better.

 

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