Bathroom Vanity Lights
Considerations Before Buying Vanity
by David Buster
Bathroom vanity lights are often overlooked in a bathroom. Artificial light
from vanity bathroom lights and general lighting is important during hours when
natural light is not available. Without good lighting, the decor and the
personality of your bathroom can not be developed properly. And since the day
usually begins and ends with a trip to the bathroom, time spent there should be
comforting, relaxing and easy to see when grooming.
Bathroom vanity lights typically include one light or perhaps two or more
above the mirror. Or, there may be lights or sconces on each side of the mirror
or medicine cabinet and one ceiling light or a row of recessed ceiling lights
over the vanity, depending on the size of your vanity and mirror. Make sure your
bathroom mirror is evenly illuminated and free of shadows since this is where
applying makeup, shaving and other grooming activities will take place. If you
have two bathroom vanities, each one should have the same bathroom vanity lights
You should have both ambient lighting and task lighting in the bathroom.
Here are lighting types for providing artificial bathroom light:
Ambient Lighting chandeliers, surface-mounted, bathroom vanity
lights, wall sconces and recessed fixtures are types of general lighting that
illuminate the overall bathroom area. This type of illumination allows you to
move around and see safely in the room. These types of bathroom light fixtures
should be controlled by dimmers where you can change the intensity of the light
for a relaxing feel when you are soaking in the tub, for example. General
ambient lighting gives your bathroom the most illumination towards the floor,
but it will produce more glare than other types of bathroom light fixtures.
Task Lighting is a direct beam of light that illuminates a
particular area with very work-specific tasks, not intended to light the entire
room. Task lighting can be a beam of light directed towards the reading area
while in the tub, while shaving, reading, exercising on the treadmill, applying
makeup or putting in your contact lenses. It can be turned on only when you need
it. Use wall sconces on both sides of the mirror or medicine cabinet as bathroom
vanity lights so that you benefit from lighting from both sides.
Accent Lighting these types of bathroom light fixtures are
intended to create a certain visual drama and atmosphere in the bathroom, and
they provide focus to selected details of the room for a decorative touch.
Consider using track lighting to spotlight decorative objects or to provide a
relaxing environment that you will enjoy when soaking in the tub.
Decorative Lighting these are lighting fixtures that draw
attention to themselves as objects and they are used to create an effect.
Chandeliers, candles (traditional and electric), fireplace, candelabra and low
voltage pendant fixtures are examples of decorative lighting.
Always choose light bulbs for bathroom vanity lights that provide light
in the natural daylight spectrum. Bulbs that are mostly yellow or white will not
show you how you will appear outside the bathroom, which makes applying makeup
You should have many options for your bathroom vanity lights. Just as a
luxurious soaking bath is a great way to begin or end the day, the lighting in
your bathroom should provide you that warm, cozy feeling when you want. And when
you need to see while grooming or shaving, vanity bathroom lights and lighting
should make it easy to see.
If you find yourself unsure of how to proceed, consider consulting with a
lighting designer to assist you in creating the best lighting for your home.
Read and learn as much as you can about bathroom vanity lights and lighting in
your home. Good lighting planning, design and implementation will provide you
enjoyable, practical and dramatic effects for your bathroom and your home in
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