Buyers Guides

Bathroom vanity lighting

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.

Light Source

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.

Colour temperature

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

Flexible Lighting

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Take the  Edit Beauty Illuminated Swing Arm Magnifying Mirror. This versatile option allows you to fully adjust and angle the illuminated mirror as required.
This smart double mirror is magnified on one side and conventional on the other. When choosing your lighting, don’t forget to consider the style of the room. This magnifying mirror is classic in style with a contemporary polished chrome finish,
and therefore will work well in both a modern or traditionally styled bathroom. With an IP44 rating it is resistant to splashes of water so can be positioned near the basin. This illuminated swing arm magnifying mirror is also another independent
light source that can help you with layering and atmosphere.

Something more traditional?

For a more traditional take on your bathroom lighting have a look at the Roma Wall Light. A sleek and smart polished chrome finish teamed with a neutral opal glass shade, this wall
light will add another dimension to your bathroom lighting.

Dual Purpose lighting

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Functionality also plays a part when selecting bathroom vanity lighting. If space is tight then how about considering the dual purpose Zeus Illuminated Mirror Cabinet.
This neat streamlined cabinet has an illuminated mirror coupled with a storage area for all your bathroom accessories. This fitting will be perfect if you are looking for contemporary styling. The integrated shaver socket makes it the ideal solution
for male grooming.

Male Grooming

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A simple shaving light above the bathroom mirror is always a good solution for male grooming. The classically styled Coronation Shaver Light gives you the
best of both worlds as it has a shaver socket, shaving light as well as a toothbrush charger. It is supplied with a low energy bulb too for cost efficiency.

Energy Saving

The Philips Vitalise Wall Light ticks all the boxes for energy efficiency coupled with smart modern styling. This sophisticated light fitting comes with a 13W miniature T5 tube that lasts five times longer
than a standard filament bulb.


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If you want the glamorous touch when applying your make-up or styling your hair in your bathroom mirror, then the Cabaret Mirror Light will add some show
biz style. Position this set of lights either vertically or horizontally around your mirror to make a theatrical statement and have fun with your bathroom vanity lighting. The sleek polished chrome finish on the Cabaret Mirror will look smart
in any setting. From simple to striking, contemporary to traditional, we have a style of bathroom vanity lighting to suit your every need. Why not take a look at our full range of Bathroom Lights. Alternatively for more inspiration try our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.