When it comes to interior lighting, not to many people pay enough attention to the bathroom lighting. In a lot of bathrooms, you will see a single ceiling fixture that’s supposed to do it all. However, lighting requires some extra thought. In this post, we will give you some tips on choosing the right bathroom vanity lighting.
Think about it – you start your day in front of the bathroom mirror brushing your teeth, washing your face, combing your hair and so on. Without sufficient bathroom vanity lighting, these tasks become hard, especially when you need to shave or apply makeup. A single light fixture on the ceiling won’t help you much.
Bathroom vanity lighting fixtures should get top consideration. They do the most work, illuminating your face in the morning for grooming. You need to choose the right bathroom vanity lighting, because just any kind of fixture won’t do. For example, recessed ceiling fixtures directly over the mirror will cast shadows on your face, making the grooming routine harder. If you need a light source to cast an even light across your face, then it’s better to choose sconces, mounted on both sides of the mirror. However, some mirrors don’t allow enough room for sidelights. In this case you might consider installing a fixture over the mirror. Make sure it is placed 75 to 80 inches above the floor and contains at least 150 watts, spread over the fixture, so that the light washes evenly over your face.
Don’t let the bathroom vanity lighting fixture extend past the mirror. If it has globes pointing down, they should never overhang onto the mirror. If possible, light from more than one angle. You can achieve the best task lighting, if you can light from the top and the sides. If you’re going to install sconces, they need to be 60 inches above the floor and between 24 and 42 inches apart for even light distribution. If you have a double vanity, you should put a third sconce in the middle.
Choosing the right bathroom vanity lighting offers great payoff. However, if you install the wrong pieces, you’ll notice this every day. Check out the many options available, such as dimmers, chandeliers and decorative wall sconces to find out what will work best for your and bring style to your bathroom.