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
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
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
• 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
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
• 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
bathroom, and they provide focus to selected details of the
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 more
You should have many options for your bathroom vanity lights.
Just as a luxurious soaking bath is a great way to begin or
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
and your home in general.
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