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The right vanity mirrors is an essential part of bathroom decor. When choosing a bathroom mirror, remember that the width should not exceed that of the vanity. A lighted mirror might be necessary if you need additional task lighting but don't want a sconce or bath bar.
Incandescent and halogen bathroom lights are the most commonly used light fixtures in the bathroom. A single bath vanity sconce will usually suffice for a small bathroom both in terms of size and light. However, you might also need some additional general lighting provided by a ceiling mount bath light or an exhaust fan that has a built-in light. Ceiling fixtures, and recessed lights provide general in a bathroom- although mini chandeliers and pendants have become very popular. Accent and decorative bath fixtures are used on or beside a vanity. Consider your needs when choosing a fixture or refer to our lighting guides section for helpful advice.
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Many homes have at least two to three bathrooms, and increasingly, bathrooms are becoming a place to relax and unwind on a daily basis. Choosing the right vanity mirror or bathroom vanity light fixture will greatly enhance the appeal and mood of any room. Keep in mind, layering the light in any room is key to proper illumination- especially around the mirror.
For task lighting, light must come from above and both sides. To achieve this, it is best to place two of the bathroom fixtures on either side of the mirror (vertically, if possible), about three feet apart. When it comes to light bars or vanity light strips, the longer the fixture you choose, the better the lighting will be. If you can't place a vanity light on either side, make sure the bath light bar you use is at least 36" in length so that there is proper light for both sides of your face
Bathroom Downlights, or Recessed lights, are the most popular source of general lighting, however, pendant lighting and chandeliers are being used more and more as decorative fixtures as well as for general illumination. If you are using a hanging bath fixture in your bathroom, make sure it is as close to the vanity mirror as possible. Light colored vanity tops also help reflect the light from above.
Tips for a quick and inexpensive bathroom makeover
If you are looking to spruce up your bathroom on a limited budget, or without consulting a designer, here are a few simple solutions that will give your bathroom a new elegant look:
1) Make use of towel racks and inexpensive bath accessories- Using towel holders will help you save space and get rid of clutter (if you have towels laying around the sink, you know what I mean). Accessories are also a simple and inexpensive way to shift the overall style or decor of your bathroom. For example, using a chrome or satin nickel accessories will give your bathroom a more modern look. Decorative hooks or standing towel holders also work well.
2) Bathroom Vanity Wall Mirrors can make a big difference! Most people overlook the importance of installing a decorative vanity mirror in the bathroom. Deciding between a frameless or framed wall mirror can make a big difference. Also, if you are trying to make a small bathroom look larger, the right oval or rectangular mirror can make a big difference. In fact, you might not need to make as many changes to you bathroom layout or floor plan if you properly design and install well-suited decor. Chances are, your mirror is used more frequently than any other furnishing in the house. Take advantage of its light-reflecting quality to compliment other fixtures. Using vanity mirrors properly will go along way in making a small dingy bathroom look grand. Lastly, mirrors can be used to change the overall look of a bathroom when remodeling. So, whether you are redecorating to create the ideal modern bathroom, or whimsical traditional look, mirrors are your friend. Don't forget to coording your bathroom and indoor lights, with your outdoor lighting, exterior hanging pendant lights, and wall lantern light fixtures.
Please refer to our Lighting Guide section for more information on lighting products and accessories.
Bathroom Lighting Guide
So, you've been putting up with the tacky light fixtures that were installed when you moved in. Or worse yet, maybe you still have the bulb and string hanging from your bathroom ceiling. But more and more people often, the bathroom is used as a sanctuary, a place to relax after a long day. Steam showers, Jacuzzis, and more spacious rooms are partly the reason. What’s often overlooked is the lighting, which can make all the difference when it comes to aesthetics and utility. The secret to good bathroom lighting is layering the light. Layering, refers to using different sources of light. In the bathroom, it involves using both general lighting and task lighting.
The first Layer
The fist layer, as mentioned, starts with ambient or general lighting. The goal is to provide a warm glow to the room by providing a comfortable level of brightness without any glare. The most common sources of general light for the bathroom is a flush or semi-flush ceiling fixture. It is also becoming more common to use a mini-chandeliers in the bathroom. Ambient lights need to be placed in the center of the bathroom so that the light is spread out evenly.
How much general light do I need for my bathroom?
The rule of thumb for the first layer of lighting in the bathroom is as follows. Multiply the length and width of the bathroom- lets say 10ft. by 10ft. Take that number and multiply it by a factor of 1.5. So in the example above, you would need 150 Watts of general light as your fist layer.
The Second Layer
The second layer is task lighting. Portable lamps, tracks, and recessed lights are usually the sources of task lighting. However, these sources don't work well at all in the bathroom. If you have a recessed light above the vanity mirror you've probably notices the shadow it casts on your face. It is not suitable at all.
Placement of bathroom sconces and bath-bars
Proper task lighting in your bathroom should surround you with light. The ideal source of task lighting would be two sconces on either side of the vanity and a bath-bar above the mirror. Sconces should be place about 6-8 inches above eye level or about 6 1/2 feet from the ground. They should also be separated by a distance of 28 inches or more. The bath-bar should be 30-32 inches in length, mounted above the mirror. FYI, many companies now offer "beauty wraps." These fixtures wrap around your mirror, providing you with sufficient light.
How do I determine the amount of task lighting in my bathroom?
Calculating the amount of task lighting is similar to the example given above. The only difference is you multiple by a factor of 2.5. In the example given above, that would amount to 250 Watts of light.
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