How to choose the best vanity lighting for your bathroom

Like all rooms at home, there are many activities that are carried out in each of them. And this is very important to consider when we see the lighting design. The bathroom has different areas such as the vanity area, the shower and / or bathtub, the toilet. Maybe if it’s a bigger bathroom you have a full-length mirror, a towel closet or even a wall with paintings of your choice. Today’s post focuses on how to choose the best vanity lighting in your bathroom.

The lighting of the bathroom vanity is very important, and above all functional. If you thought that just having an illumination from the ceiling of your bathroom is enough, I’ll tell you that it’s not like that. If it is a guest bathroom with perhaps a spot on the ceiling and a small pendant lamp near the mirror, is more than enough. This is because the guest bathroom is small and is not used more than necessary, that is, only when your guests use it.

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But if we talk about the vanity area in your master bathroom, then take these considerations into account:

Use of dimmers

This first recommendation goes for the general lighting of your bathroom. Always try to have a dimmer for your lamps. Specially to use it in the mornings when you just get up and go to the bathroom. Thus, you achieve a dim effect of light until using its maximum power. Smart solutions for the home range from Philips Hue (which we use at home and it’s only for light bulbs) to Lutron that encompasses lighting, temperature and curtains. There are many more brands, but these are my favorite.

Only one point of light for the vanity area?

If the point of light is only over the sink, it will create shadows on your face that are unflattering if, for example, you need makeup. That is, considering only this type of lighting for your vanity area is not recommended.

Lighting for the specific tasks of a vanity area

The bathroom vanity is the place where you do many activities among them: your morning and night cleaning routine, you put on your makeup, you comb your hair, you brush your teeth and where your partner shaves. The ideal thing to properly light your vanity area is to have a light that is at eye level and located on the sides of the mirror. In this way you can minimize the effect of shadows and achieve adequate lighting.

The ideal color temperature for your toilet

If you put on makeup almost daily, I recommend that the color of the bulbs you use should be 4000- or 4500-degrees Kelvin (or cool white). This description can be found in the package of the bulb that you buy, or the category of light color is indicated, which would be a cool white.

This is because when you put on makeup, you use colors and tones that are best to be similar as possible when you put on makeup with artificial light than when you do it with natural light.

Most recommended options to choose vanity lighting

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Sandblasted glass luminaires installed at eye level, which can be hanging or wall sconces.

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Transparent luminaires located above eye level to avoid glare.

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Vertical wall sconces. They are my favorites because you can choose between different models and finishes, and the lighting is more uniform on the face.

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Indirect light in the mirror and suspended lights.

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Lighting from the mirror is quite functional, although it does not give much versatility in the decoration.

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Which of these do you have in your bathroom vanity?

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6 Comments

  • Malory 2019-04-23 at 6:50 pm

    Looove this. We’ve been putting ideas together since thinking about buying a house soon. Will have to keep this in mind, I never even thought about some of this!

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    • lacasadefreja 2019-04-26 at 10:32 am

      Thanks Malory!

      Reply
  • Michele 2019-04-23 at 8:49 pm

    I would like to have my bathroom look like any of these that you pictured. I have the standard lighting in my bathroom. One day it will happen when I own my own house!

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    • lacasadefreja 2019-04-26 at 10:32 am

      Yes of course Michele!

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  • Mama Writes Reviews 2019-04-24 at 5:08 am

    Especially with those LED bulbs, the “warm white” vs “Cool White” makes ALL the difference with putting on makeup and even just getting dressed and stuff! It’s crazy! Thank you for the tips.

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    • lacasadefreja 2019-04-26 at 10:31 am

      Thanks a lot!

      Reply

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