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3 Bathroom Vanity Lighting Tips

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 25, 2015 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Aug 24, 2015

People often leave designing their bathroom vanity lighting for last, if at all. Often they'll just install a recessed light directly over the sink and call it a day. BIG mistake! A recessed light directly over the sink will cast horrific shadows, making your daily grooming routine difficult. Here are three options to properly light your bathroom vanity: 1. Sconces Sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for casting an even light across your face . Ideally, sconces should be hung close to eye-level or about 65-70" above the floor and equidistant from the center of the mirror or the area you are lighting. 2. Bath Bar If hanging sconces is not an option or the look you're after,  the next option is a bath bar, a horizontal fixture mounted above the mirror (or, in some cases, on the mirror). They come in varying widths so make sure to choose one that is to scale with the size of your mirror. Bath bars should be hung approximately 75-80" above the floor. 3. Pendant Lighting Another bathroom vanity lighting option is pendant lighting , which is getting more and more popular, especially in contemporary bathrooms. The same rules for hanging sconces apply to pendants -- keep'em eye-level. With pendants you want to make sure they are hung between 10" and 12" from the wall so the light hits the center of the countertop and the light is spread evenly across your face. Sconces, bath bars or pendants shouldn't be the only source of light in a bathroom. Layer them in with recessed lights or pretty close-to-ceiling fixtures or a combination of the two, depending on your needs. Image Sources: LMK Interiors ; HGTV ; Better Homes & Gardens ; decorpad






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