72,390 Bathroom Lighting and Vanity Lighting

As the primary spot for precision tasks like applying makeup and shaving, a bathroom needs to have plenty of illumination, especially near the vanity. When you get ready to revamp your bathroom lighting, be sure to consider what you need for your day-to-day activities and include a mixture of bathroom light fixtures to reduce any chance of shadows. As you start your search, keep in mind the following: More 
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What type of bathroom vanity lights are there?

The top choices are strip lights and wall fixtures, which are great for saving space and reducing shadows.
• Strip lights: These bathroom lighting fixtures significantly reduce shadows, which helps you shave or apply makeup with precision. They’re available in a variety of styles, including globes and upturned or downturned cups. They can be mounted horizontally above your mirror or to the left and right of it.
• Wall lights: This style includes brackets and sconces, which are ideal for accenting and complementing overhead lights. They can add a decorative flair and can also be installed beside mirrors to further reduce shadows.

Where should I place my vanity lighting?

Precise placement of your vanity lighting will ensure the elimination of shadows under your eyes, chin and cheeks. The location of your vanity light fixtures will depend on the size of your mirror. If it’s large, your best option is to mount your bathroom lights to either side of the mirror. If your mirror is small, mount your bathroom light fixtures on either side, about 36 to 40 inches apart. Whether the fixtures are mounted on the mirror itself or placed on the wall, the center of each bulb should be at eye level, or approximately 66 inches above your floor.

What type of lightbulb should I install in my bathroom wall lights?

Since you’re looking for a crisp, pure white glow, you’ll want to choose a halogen bulb. Along with lasting longer, halogen bulbs also provide better lighting than their incandescent counterparts. Another option is a compact fluorescent bulb. You may also want to consider dimmers, which not only conserve energy but can also help set a mood. With dimmers, your bathroom vanity lights not only will illuminate your face in the mirror but will also provide soothing ambient light for relaxing in the tub.

Can I install a bathroom light over my shower?

The last thing anyone wants is to clamber out of bed and step into a dimly lit cave of a shower. Shower lights can be a bit tricky, though, since they’re constantly exposed to water. A recessed shower light is your best option, and you’ll want to look for one that’s intended for wet locations and includes a water-resistant trim. There are plenty of elegant trims and lenses available, meaning you can customize your shower light to your heart’s content.
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