Bathroom vanity lighting
Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: March 9, 2017
Bathroom vanity lighting needs careful consideration whether you are the sort of person who simply slicks on a bit of lipstick and rushes out the door or someone who has a dedicated grooming regime. Click here for bathroom lighting.
Positioning of light
The positioning of the light source is paramount. To avoid unwanted shadows the light needs to hit the mirror and reflect back to your face. This can be achieved by installing a directional spotlight in line with the edge of your basin. Don’t try to
create this effect with a ceiling light in front or behind where you stand to look in the mirror as this will give you more shadow than light.
Light layering tip…
Soft layering of light can create a more relaxing ambience in your bathroom. To do this try adding wall mounted spotlights on either side of your mirror. This will give you directional control
to alter the ambience as you please.
The type of light source is also an important factor to consider when choosing bathroom vanity lighting. For make up application, shaving or eyebrow plucking a fluorescent light may be the answer, as they are long lasting and perfect task lighting. An
incandescent bulb or energy saving LED alternative can offer a high quality of light output. They are more appropriate for creating a soothing atmosphere perfect for the morning or last thing at night.
Different colour temperatures can be selected when choosing your light source from cool whites (5000 Kelvin or more) to warmer whites (3000 Kelvin or less). However please note
that halogen is generally only available in its natural warm white.
Bathroom safety issues
When lighting a bathroom, the fittings must meet certain safety standards. Click here for more information.
Finding the right bathroom vanity lighting
Something more traditional?