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Bathroom Mirror Lighting

 
 
 

There are many different benefits of having a bathroom mirror light. Most people spend a decent amount of their time getting ready in front of the mirror. This could be spent applying makeup if you are a woman. If you are a man you may find that you spend time shaving in front of the mirror. Both of these activities need a decent amount of light for you to see what you are doing this is where the bathroom mirror light will come in handy.

You don’t want to apply your makeup without adequate lighting this can leave for uneven makeup and even streaks that you won’t see until you are out in the sun. This can make for an embarrassing situation. This is one reason that you will want to be sure that you have enough lighting. If you are a man you don’t want to have so little light that you miss shaving certain parts of your face. This can be very unprofessional should you be going to work or even on an interview.

There are many different types of bathroom mirror lights that you can choose from. You will find that there is certainly something that will suit your needs. You can find a bathroom mirror light that goes above the mirror in your bathroom. These normally have around four lights that will be above the mirror. You can also get mirrors that have the lights that go completely around the mirror. These lights are normally not in the bulb size lights. They are much different than the fixtures that you will use for lighting above the mirror. These bathroom mirror light range in pricing as well depending on what you prefer.

You should also know that bathroom mirror lighting will add clarity and depth to the mirror. You should know that there are many different ways that you can light up the mirror. Above where the lights that you can place above the mirrors, you should also know that lighting can come from behind the mirror as well. The different lighting you choose will depend on preference and the style that you have going in your bathroom. If you have a more traditional style to your bathroom then you will want a different type of lighting for example than someone with a contemporary style.

Mirror lighting needs to be bright but not glaring, accurate yet flattering, and for public/commercial spaces low maintenance and low power. There are three considerations for mirror lighting; fixture placement, lamp (or bulb) type, and fixture style.

                                      

Placement. The best mirror lighting surrounds the face with light. This provides light from all sides that minimizes shadows under the chin, eyes, cheeks, and forehead. This does not mean that you have to use 'Hollywood' style lights (strips that use the round light bulbs). A wall sconce on either side of the mirror can work nicely. Normally you want the center of the fixture at about 66" above the finished floor and at least 30" apart (these specs will vary according to the particulars of the room and fixture). If the mirror is a whole wall mirror you can mount the fixtures right on the mirror. Avoid using ceiling mounted fixtures as the sole source unless the room is very small with light colored walls. Large bathrooms often need additional lighting besides the mirror lighting. Definitely don't rely on recessed cans for mirror lighting, the shadows can be horrendous! If a recessed type must be used, consider constructing a luminous soffit with two 4' fluorescent tubes. The most common placement for mirror lighting is on the wall above the mirror. Though this is not ideal it avoids most conflicts with mirror size, medicine cabinet doors, and room dimensions. However the fixture needs to be long enough to light the sides of the face.

One of the most important parts of any bathroom is the mirror. When properly lighted, a bathroom mirror can be every woman's best friend. Have you ever wondered why some bathrooms can be so friendly and welcoming while others are harsh and uninviting?

The answer probably lies on proper lighting. Let's admit it; everyone spends a considerable amount of time in front of a mirror. We primp and preen in front of a mirror trying to fix ourselves in as many ways as we can. A mirror is an important tool in providing ourselves proper grooming. The mirror needs to be properly lighted so that spending time in front of it will be an everyday pleasing routine.

Classic Hollywood Mirror Lighting - Installed Around Your Mirror

       

It is a challenge to provide good lighting for a mirror. Lighting a mirror properly will eliminate unnecessary shadows and provide good illumination for every user. Frequently, we see only a single ceiling fixture in a bathroom. Instead of providing a friendly illumination, this type of lighting only casts shadows below your eyes and hit your eyebrows, which are definitely unfriendly effects. Cross lighting is the key to good mirror lighting. Cross lighting includes direct light from above, both sides and below. Achieving this can be made possible through a wide range of available lighting fixtures. Glare from frosted bulbs or those fixtures with opaque plastic or glass shields should be avoided.

Decorators suggest that the sink's front edge and countertop should be illuminated with a light on the ceiling above the mirror. This could be a recessed task light that can be a round incandescent ceiling fixture that should be at least 12 inches in diameter with a bulb rating of 100 to 120 watts. You can also choose a fluorescent ceiling fixture above the sink. It is recommended that a fluorescent ceiling fixture above the sink should hold two 24-inch bulbs with 20 watt rating.

In order to complete the cross lighting, you should place light fixtures on both sides of the mirror. It is important to choose a light fixture that casts light in four directions - up, down and both sides. Rows of exposed incandescent bulbs with low wattage are especially designed to light mirrors. Pendants or wall-mounted fixtures are also common choices. These types of fixtures should be placed at eye level and should have at least 60 to 70 watt bulb. Fluorescent tubes are also favored choices because these utilize low electric consumption and last longer. Today, there are a lot of fluorescent tubes that are designed for vanity use and which provide a full spectrum light. A 24 inch 20 watt tube placed on each side of the mirror will create the required illumination. If your bathroom mirror is more than 24 inches wide, you can use a wall mounted light above the mirror and at the same time use the same type of fixture on the sides to complete the cross lighting effect.

Finally, for mirrors larger than 36 inches wide, sidelights may not be enough to provide the desired illumination. However this can be corrected by using powerful overhead light sources, which will be enough to cover even the mid section of the mirror that the side fixtures may fail to illuminate.