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Best Contemporary Vanity Lights for Putting on Makeup

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 23, 2016 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Jan 22, 2016

Have you ever sashayed into the night feeling all radiant, only to freak out later when faced with a mirror, seeing an uncovered pimple or too much powder in the wrong places? Most likely, this was due to poor lighting around your vanity mirror. To fix this, you'll need new fixtures that enhance visibility, reduce harsh shadows, and lets your “true colors” shine through. Here are five fabulous contemporary vanity lights that do just that, along with a simple height and spacing guide. Top 5 Contemporary Vanity Lights for Applying Makeup The perfect makeup lighting produces soft effects and isn’t too bright. For this reason, we encourage you to pair your vanity lights with a dimming system. Dimming your vanity lamps while applying makeup actually helps you see clearer once your eyes adjust. And in most cases, dimming switches hook right up to your old wiring. Here’s our best-of list, compiled from staff and customer favorites:   The most luminous part of a vanity light should be placed at eye-level, around 5’6” from the floor. The Sven Modern LED Bath Light is seen above in both horizontal and vertical positions over a vanity mirror . If you never want to change out a light bulb again, the Sven Brushed Nickel Modern LED Bath Light (EU5T757) is for you. It saves money, drawing only 22W for it’s high-CRI LED array. It produces about as much light as a 100W bulb, and you can dial down the intensity with a connected dimmer. While this bath light's Color Rendering Index is 90+ CRI (the lowest on this list), 80 CRI is actually considered high. The Color Rendering Index is related to the way objects appear under a light source. A low CRI makes objects appear unnatural, while a light with a high CRI allows an object's color to appear more realistic. If you have a large mirror, look for vanity lights in 21”-25 lengths . The Midtown Bath Bar is just a hair under 24 inches. It’s also dimmable, so you can set the mood and light intensity as needed. If you want elegant soft light from head to decollete, long solutions like the transitional Midtown Bath Bar in bronze are a great choice. It uses two 100-CRI tungsten tubes (not included) with color so perfect you’ll never mistaken one foundation color for another. Best of all, it can mount vertically on either side of the mirror, or horizontal above the mirror. Contemporary vanity lights that use 75W-100W incandescent or halogen lamps are the best for applying makeup. Rated at 100 CRI, these lamps will not change how you perceive the color of your makeup. This modern bathroom light by George Kovacs in a nickel finish (EU80216) uses two 60W T10 tubes to create picture-perfect lighting. The above contemporary wall sconce by George Kovacs is another vertical / horizontal wall light that washes evenly over your face. Shorter than the Midtown Bath Bar, it also produces the same excellent color rendering. The twin opal glass tubes raise off the backplate, creating a soft halo around the fixture. Halogen vanity lights like the Onida crystal glass bath light generate a brighter light than equivalent incandescent lamps, but have the same excellent color rendering properties. Want a brighter overhead fixture without the frosted glass look of most vanities? The unique Onida Crystal Glass Bath Light uses three warm white halogen lamps, shrouded by crystal beaded globes. The beads refract light, bouncing it into all directions, including dimples, brow lines and cheekbones. When mounting multiple fixtures like this industrial-style wall sconce with seeded glass, space each the center of each light source (the lamp) a minimum of 36" apart. A popular trend in design these days harkens back to simpler, more mechanical times – a return to the basics. The charm of the above industrial wall sconce in a bronze finish (EU6Y000) is that it looks kinda’ worn and water-spotted, and it’s warm light will make your skin glow. These sconces are great in multiples of two or three above the mirror, or on each side of two mirrors. Making It Work: Height, Spacing and Design Tips for Makeup Lighting If you (or a loved one you’ve “convinced”) wants to install vanity lighting, use these guidelines as a starting point: Mount a pair of fixtures a minimum of 36" apart, about 18" from the center of the centerline of your sink or vanity. The spacing of wall lights is dependent on the size of your mirror. The brightest part of the sconce should be at eye-level, approximately 60-66” off the floor. If your mirror is enormous, consider larger wall lights between 19"-24". Incandescent and halogen lamps between 75-100W produce the most flattering and true vision of yourself. Never buy fluorescent vanities. They are too bright, make your teeth look yellow and create deep shadows under the eyes. If two people of different heights share the mirror, long vertical lights provide the best face coverage. What styles of contemporary vanity lights are on your wish list? Have you recently installed makeup lighting, and if so, how did the installation go? We’d love to hear your 411. Image source: Euro Style Lighting






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