Lighting is very important in any bathroom. Though you can select a ceiling mount light, most people gravitate toward lighting which is fixed to the wall above their vanity or sink. On this page, we will take a close look at some of the most popular bathroom lighting options.
Why choose something popular? First of all, you know that it is good quality. Don’t worry that your bathroom will look just like everyone else’s. Your design style and choice of other accent pieces will make a huge impact on the appearance of your space. Also, we’ve worked hard to include more than one style of light fixture here. We have found the top-selling, most popular fixtures for a variety of bathroom décor styles.
Naturally, there are a few things you should consider before going ahead and purchasing a light fixture for your bathroom space. Let’s take a quick look at each of those things before moving on. This way, you can create a list of your needs and use that list to evaluate the options you find as we move into the reviews further down this page.
Location – Where do you plan to put your light fixture? Some people hang them directly in the middle of the room while others choose to put them on the wall above their sinks or vanities. Whichever you choose, make sure that it will optimize the function of your bathroom, not just look good.
As much as a chandelier may look wonderful hanging from the ceiling in the center of the room, it isn’t likely to offer much light in areas where you need light most. For example, how will it help you pluck your eyebrows, put on makeup, or shave your face? Placing lighting in the center of the ceiling also makes it difficult to incorporate a fan or ceiling mount heating system into your bathroom space. Consider these things before committing to that location.
Based on the functionality and popularity of vanity-style lighting systems, we have chosen to include only this style on this page. Even vanity style lights, however, come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.
Size – The size of your light fixture can make a big impact on the overall appearance of your room. When we discuss the size of vanity style bathroom lights we are usually talking about the width of the overall lighting system. For example, you can select one with a single bulb, two bulbs side by side, three bulbs in a row, and all the way to about eight or ten bulbs in a row.
You should select your light fixture based on the size of the vanity over which it will hang. If you have a small pedestal sink, for example, a single or double bulb fixture will probably be sufficient. Large double vanities, on the other hand, will require longer fixtures or two separate fixtures – one above each sink.
Style – Of course style is an important part of your lighting decision – you want your lighting to match the overall appeal of the entire room. In fact, the style of your light fixture and the way it casts light around the room will make a very big impact on your overall interior décor design. Consider things such as the direction the lights point (up or down), the way the lights are mounted, the color or finish of the plastic or metal, and the shades over the bulbs (if there are any).