Bathroom Vanity Lighting

When it comes to illuminating your bathroom vanity, you have three options for mounting, viz. above the mirror, flanking the mirror or using an integrated fixture. Available space and design preference will dictate your choice.

Above the mirror.

If there is no space next to the mirror, or you simply prefer the look of an overhead fixture, the ideal height for installation is ±198 cm above the mirror. Fixtures above the mirror generally require for higher wattage bulbs than those that are positioned lower down.

Flanking the bathroom mirror.

Mounting wall fixtures on either side of the mirror is considered the best spot to optimally illuminate your reflection in a way that is flattering and functional. Aim to position your fixtures about 165 to 178 cm from the floor to illuminate your face without creating awkward shadows.

Bathroom mirror light.

If space is an issue, or you simply prefer a more streamlined look, a mirror with integrated lighting is a practical yet stylish solution. The built-in LED lights are connected to a power source and can be activated with the switch of a button.

Other Considerations

  • When selecting fixtures for your bathroom vanity, take the overall design of the room into account. For example, would you describe it as modern, rustic or traditional? Introducing fixtures in this area is an opportunity to inject character into the space, or reinforce the existing design aesthetic.
  • Be mindful of the sconce shades you select because their transparency and colour will impact how much light is emitted.
  • If there is a shower or tub near your vanity area and you run the risk of water spraying onto your fixtures, opt for designs with an IP rating of 44.
  • Large vanity? Consider mounting a dual sconce above in the centre, along with two single sconces flanking the mirror.
  • Avoid placing a sconce on just one side of the mirror, as this will create uneven illumination.
  • If you can avoid recessed lighting over this area of the bathroom, then do so, as they can cast shadows on the face.
  • Larger bathrooms will need more than just vanity lighting to be well-illuminated. Additional light sources, like recessed lights and ceiling lights, should form the first layer of illumination.
  • While clear bulbs with filaments are aesthetically pleasing, they’re not practical for illuminating a bathroom vanity because they cast shadows. Opaque or frosted bulbs are the better option, especially if they will be exposed. When selecting light fixtures for this space, make sure that the wattage option of your chosen design supports the required light output. When using a single-light sconce, opt for a higher wattage bulb.

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