Very often bathroom lighting is low on the list of priorities relative to other rooms in the house. With bathrooms becoming larger and more elaborate, proper lighting is essential to making the most of the space. Similarly, small rooms like bathrooms are difficult to light because they’re prone to shadows, especially if they’re cluttered. Also, the many angles of light reflection caused by mirrors and the challenges increase significantly.

Bathroom lighting design - Pot Lights, LED Strips

Bathroom Lighting


  • Major factors to consider are: shape, size, natural lighting as well as design of the bathroom itself.
  • Pot lights or recessed lighting overhead for general illumination. Your bathroom should be bright and clean, therefore overhead potlights and task lighting are key.
  • Lighting the vanity area with some excellent task lighting. A fixture above the mirror or wall sconces on either side works well.
  • For shower lighting waterproof pot lights re a great idea.
  • For tub area lighting the best option would be a chandelier or pot lights.
  • Finally, adding dimmers. Bathrooms are now a room in the house where people are spending a lot more time, hence you’ll also want the ability to create an atmosphere that’s relaxing. Dimmers are becoming very popular because having flexibility to adjust the lighting is really important.
Bathroom lights design - Pot Lights, Over Mirror sconce lights

Bathroom Lighting

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Lighting Over the Mirror

Over the Mirror

Bathroom Lighting - Mirror Lights

Bathroom Pot Lights

When using recessed lights for the bathroom mirror, place the fixtures as close to the plane of the mirror as possible. Use at least two recessed fixtures and space them so that the light output from one overlaps with the other.

Placed over a sink area like this, the recessed, or can lights can enhance decorative bath fixtures that don’t cast much light. It’s important to remember that recessed lights should ideally be one part of the bath lighting plan.

Bath bar lights or wall sconces around vanity spaces and mirrors provide even, shadow-free lighting that can be hard to reproduce using ceiling mounted lights alone.

In Shower and Over Tub

In Showers and Over Tubs

In Shower Bathroom Lighting

Shower Pot Lights

The shower and tub areas are other locations where it makes sense to use pot lights. Housings used must be "wet" or "shower-location" rated. "Damp-location" rated lights in these locations are unsafe and will not meet safety code requirements.

Recessed shower lights require a design with a lens cover. This type of light can also be used over a tub or toilet. Look for special "shower trim" with a built-in lens for use in these areas. You can use regular trims everywhere else in the bathroom.

Ambient Lighting

Bathroom Ambient Lighting

Bathroom Lighting Pot Lights

Bathroom Ambient Lighting

Potlights can provide fill-in ambient light in the bath. This type of light serves as a substitute for natural light and gives a room eye-pleasing appeal.

Recessed fixtures are wonderful at providing this type of lighting. Placed around the perimeter of the room, they'll add a soft lighting glow for the entire space.

Accent Lighting

Bathroom Accent Lighting

Accent Bathroom Lighting

Accent Lighting

Recessed fixtures can also be used as an accent light to highlight artwork or illuminate architectural details. For example, you can use a small recessed spotlight over an artwork to create visual interest and a beautiful layer of light. Recessed lights can be used to add sparkle to intricate tile or bath fixtures in a shower.

Use a Dimmer

Use a Dimmer

Dimmer Switch

Dimmer Switch Installation

Dimmers give you control over how your room space looks. When used in a very small bath space, having the dimming option gives you task, ambient, and accent lighting at the touch of a switch. Using dimmers also saves energy and extends the life of your bulbs.

Wall Lights

Wall Lights

Bathroom Wall Sconce Lighting Design

Bathroom Sconce Lights

This model of lighting fixture is unique because it has a lamp cover overtop the light itself, which changes the color of the light and expands the ambient possibilities of your bathroom.

Wall lights give off a gentle illumination, combined with style, makes your bathroom stand out. You can also have such lighting fitted above or to the side of your mirror. A dimmer can be used to control illumination, but this can also be done automatically using a preset system.

Safety First

Safety First

Zeus Electric Contractor License

Attention to style in the bath doesn't mean you should skimp on safety. Electricity and water don't mix, so we recommend that you always consult with a certified electrician before tackling any bathroom recessed lighting project.

It is absolutely essential that to consult a professional to help when making changes to bathroom lighting in Toronto and the GTA, which is why Zeus Electric is just an email or phone call away.