August 06, 2022
Although it may not be the first room you think of when considering lighting, it’s just as important to be able to see what you’re doing in your laundry room as it is in the other rooms in your home. If you’ve been thinking about refreshing the lighting in your laundry room, these ideas will inspire you.
Before doing any shopping for lighting, it’s important to decide what kind of lighting you need. To do this, consider what you use your laundry room for besides the actual washing of clothes. Do you treat stains and hang or iron clothing as well? Will you fold clothes in the laundry room, or do this elsewhere? If you need closer-in lighting, why not consider a mason jar wall sconce or milk glass sconce.
Different activities may require different types of lighting. For example, if you treat stains in your laundry room, you may require brighter and more direct task lighting over your laundry tub or counter space. The same is true if you also use your laundry room to iron clothing items. Farmhouse track lighting can provide the key because you can use a series of lights on one track to focus everywhere in your laundry room.
Color temperature refers to how light makes a room look and feel. This characteristic is measured on a Kelvin scale that ranges from warm (2000K and under) to cool (5000K and above). You can control the color temperature of lighting in your laundry room by choosing the right bulb. And if you want a softer glow then select a milk glass ceiling light because it best defuses the bulb.
If you want the look of bright natural light in your laundry room, choose bulbs that are between 5000K and 6500K on the temperature scale. These contain more blue and white light, offering bright illumination for completing most tasks. LED lights can be found in these temperatures.
If this is too bright, choose lighting between 3100K and 4500K, which will take the brightness down but still offer enough in the way of task lighting.
Lighting below 3100K will contain more yellow and orange. This will add the look and feel of warmth, but may not provide you with enough illumination to do what’s needed. If you want this warm look and feel, it may help to install another layer of brighter task lighting. You can also install a dimmer switch so that you can adjust brightness to what you need.
There are so many fixtures to choose from, so how do you select the one that’s right for you? Considering the quality of light can help with this decision. Clear glass light fixtures will provide brighter and more direct light, where an enamel wall sconce or milk glass light fixture will be softer and more diffused. However, choosing a white wall light of enamel will mimic the same finish look as your washer and dryer. Farmhouse laundry room light fixtures can even resemble old fashion wash tubs. And since your pantry if often next to your laundry room, some folks love using a mason jar chandelier and other mason jar lights. When chosen wisely this gives you a clean, fresh, ‘wash-day’ lighting style.
The style of fixture you choose can help you achieve the room feel you’re looking for. For example, if your laundry room is in a vintage style, farmhouse flush mount ceiling light fixtures or mason jar hanging lights can be the perfect match. For traditional choose a schoolhouse sconce over your washer and dryer.
Your laundry room may be a “utility room” where you complete a household chore, but that doesn’t mean that its lighting has to be boring! There are so many laundry room lighting styles to complement your interior design. We created our ‘wash tub’ lighting series especially for laundry room lighting. Made from galvanized metal, they are sure to last as laundry room light fixtures.
You may associate pendant lights with kitchens. Indeed, this lighting fixture is very popular over kitchen islands. But these lights are just as practical when installed over your washer and dryer. A white farmhouse light will blend nice with your white appliances too.
Pendant lights are ideal for laundry rooms for a few reasons. First, you can easily swap out a standard ceiling light for pendant lights. Second, this lighting fixture is very practical, as it provides the task lighting and general room illumination you need in a single fixture.
The flush mount style is a great way to create visual interest while spreading light over an entire room. This laundry room light fixture is available in two types; flush and semi-flush mount. The flush mount makes direct contact with the ceiling, where the semi-flush style hangs from a small stem to leave a bit of a gap. Farmhouse ceiling light fixtures are best as a semi-flush mount.
This type of fixture is available in several forms, including clear glass, seeded glass and galvanized metal. But for the perfect laundry room light, why not use a ‘wash tub’ ceiling light or galvanized wall sconces? And you might think a mason jar vanity light isn't appropriate, but it will work wonders.
This form of lighting is ideal for laundry rooms. This is because many types of track lighting have several bulbs to provide you with the light you need for everything you do on laundry days. Even if your laundry room isn’t in the vintage farmhouse style, installing Mason jar track lighting will provide loads of nostalgia.
Along with matching a fixture to your decor, there is another consideration before installing any overhead lights in your laundry room: ceiling height can make all the difference. If your laundry room has low ceilings, a flush mount or track light may be a better option than a pendant light. Or perhaps you can wall mount your lighting so then select a schoolhouse sconce.
The right lighting fixture can give you the best of both worlds, letting you completely transform the look of your laundry room, while providing sufficient light for everything you need to do.
The Lamp Goods is your source for beautiful and unique light fixtures. Completely handcrafted in the USA, our beautiful farmhouse, rustic and vintage creations are full of timeless appeal. Whether you’re in the market for a table lamp, vanity light or ceiling fan, or want something customized just for you, The Lamp Goods team is happy to help!
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