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Brightness and availability of light in a renovated bathroom will enhance its contemporary style and provide ease of use

Bathed in light

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Today's bathrooms combine many light sources and styles. For this reason, lighting is often a high involvement purchase for homeowners.

Dean Fulford, general manager of Lighting Direct, offers advice on layering different forms of lighting in your bathroom.

"Task lighting over mirrors should be bright enough for grooming, but not too harsh. Well-chosen general lighting allows good overall illumination of the bathroom, while indirect accent lighting softens the ambience with a warm glow," he says.

A highlight of the company's Eglo range of lighting is the Fresh collection. The clean finish and sleek lines of the Fresh light strips complement the minimalist look of modern bathroom interiors.

Nova 16-watt T5 fluorescent lights above each mirror provide focused illumination and complement the bathroom's geometric forms. The T5 tubes have options for better colour rendering and a fluorescent source ensures a good even distribution of light, says Fulford.

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Waterproof, square satin 50W downlights in the ceiling above the shower and bath add a general wash of light.

"These lights have an International Protection 54 rating, certifying their weatherproofing and durability – a must for steamy bathrooms," he says.

For details, contact Lighting Direct, phone (09) 273 3444, fax (09) 273 3993. Website:www.lightingdirect.co.nz .

First published date: 18 January 2006

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