Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Lighting the 24-Hour Bathroom: Options for Health, Comfort and Sustainability

Sponsored by Duravit USA, Inc.
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe how light is measured for effectiveness and sustainability.
  2. Identify the physiology and biology of vision.
  3. Define the types of bathroom lighting.
  4. Explain the emotional impact of lighting on moods.
  5. Discuss bathroom lighting for special situations.



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24-hour bathroom

Our days begin and end in the bathroom. It is where we energize for the day and calm down in the evenings, which means that the ambiance of a bathroom has a decisive impact on a person’s well-being. Despite this fact, light in the bathroom remains an area that is underestimated or treated as an afterthought. However, when reflective surfaces, lighted mirrors, and warm or cool LED lighting are added, the bathroom becomes alternately rejuvenating and relaxing for morning and evening. This course explores the potential for LED bathroom lighting for occupant well-being, and helps architects and designers specify LED lighting for sustainability, occupant health, and safety, and to appeal to the emotions.