Too often, lighting for your bathroom vanity is overlooked. As one of the main areas of your home for personal care and daily routines, finding the perfect bathroom lighting will greatly enhance the value of this all-important space. Fortunately, The Lighting Shoppe has a tremendous variety of options to find your ideal solution. Here’s some tips:
- Start with Sconces. Wall-mounted light fixtures are popular because they are beautiful, functional and don’t take up a lot of space. The Lighting Shoppe has nearly 100 designs from 10 different companies to choose from (https://thelightingshoppe.ca/lighting/wall-lights/wall-sconces/) Having such variety means it’s important to select the best light for your bathroom, which can be very different from picking a lighting source for other rooms in your home. Bathroom Sconces have to provide bright light and be effective at lighting people — especially their faces — not just the space itself. Normally, a pair of sconces will evenly light faces well and decrease shadows. If you have an especially wide mirror or room or only one Sconce, centre it above the mirror.
- Make a statement with a Pendant or Chandelier. Functional lighting is especially important in a bathroom, but a Pendant (https://thelightingshoppe.ca/lighting/ceiling-lights/pendants/) or Chandelier (https://thelightingshoppe.ca/lighting/ceiling-lights/chandeliers/) can make a dramatic statement and they can be successfully combined with Sconces to give your home the best of both worlds. Leaning more toward design than functionality can be especially successful in secondary bathrooms. Instead of using Sconces, you can also achieve both dramatic and functional lighting by installing multiple Pendants.
- Recessed lighting. Recessed or pot lights (https://thelightingshoppe.ca/lighting/ceiling-lights/recessed-lighting/) are popular, but are best used in conjunction with other lighting, particularly in a bathroom. Recessed lights, alone, can be a poor choice to light a vanity when it is most important to light faces, not the room or mirror itself. It is also important to use multiple pot lights in a grid pattern to provide enough light for the entire space.
- LED strips. Relatively new on the lighting scene, LED strips can be a great choice in a bathroom. Bright white lights can be built into vanities, mirrors, shelves, ceilings (https://thelightingshoppe.ca/lighting/ceiling-lights/led-ceiling-lights/), medicine cabinets and mounted on walls (https://thelightingshoppe.ca/lighting/wall-lights/led-wall-mount/). Mirror LEDs — a large selection of which are available here:https://thelightingshoppe.ca/search.php?search_query=mirror§ion=product — are especially effective for lighting faces.