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Isla Cherry

Great article covering all the very important points. I have inherited a builder's special so am going to rip it out and start again. A backlit plasma mirror is now top of my wishlist. A very curated selection of gorgeous spa type bathrooms. Thanks for the inspiration.

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I agree with most of the points in the article.

When I designed my bathroom I put together a mood board of images from places like Pinterest and Houzz for my tiles, and then I noticed all the images I liked also had layered lighting - as it’s called in this article, it’s a term I wasn’t familiar with. In fact I’d never designed a bathroom in my life, but I come from a visual industry, so I thoughts I’d give it a go.

I chose to have three forms of lighting. I started by choosing where my niches would be, and I also wanted a built-in shelf unit for display. I chose to light all of those areas with LED strips. I also wanted a glow above the vanity and shower, emanating from the an unseen source so my builder made a strip cavity and installed a strip of LEDs there as well as the niches.

I’ve never liked down lights in bathrooms and I noticed a strip light in one of my mood board images, so I copied it. But because of the shape of my bathroom, one of my strips lights makes a 90 degree turn into the shower nook, which I think adds drama and fun to the lighting. It also highlights the modern design with plenty of right-angles I was going for. So in that sense the light added to the visual look of the room.

Finally I opted for a really nice side lit cabinet that has a small lit button that serves as a ‘pee’ light when required at night.

So definitely using the rule of 3 to layer lighting gives a wonderful look if it’s done right. But it needs to be thought about at the beginning of the project so the builders and spark can lay the right foundations.

It’s not finished yet but it’s nearly there.

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How can integrated fittings be environmentally friendly if you have to dispose of the whole fitting rather than change the lamp when it dies? Granted LED lamps should last for thousands of hours and the fittings should be guaranteed for 10+ years but that is still short-term, throwaway thinking which we shouldn't be indulging in these days in my view.


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