What You Should Know About Vanity Lighting Enhancements

What You Should Know About Vanity Lighting Enhancements

September 24, 2020

Lighting is one of the most important components to consider when remodeling your bathroom space, and yet it often goes overlooked by people who are more enamored with new appliances, vanities and tile walls and floors. There should be multiple light sources in your bathroom that provide various angles of light, including lighting over your vanity and sink to give you plenty of light when you are washing your face, brushing your teeth, shaving or applying makeup.

When installing vanity lighting fixtures, it is important to make sure you place them in the right position so you can avoid possible harsh shadows being cast on your face during usage. Here are a few tips for better bathroom lighting in Santa Fe, NM.

Where you should mount your vanity lighting

One major factor in where you will mount your vanity lighting is the amount of space you have available, but of course, the style of lighting you choose and your design preferences can also have an influence. Your two options will be either over the top of the mirror or along the sides of the mirror, though you can always choose both.

Above the mirror

Fixtures mounted above the mirror are very popular in bathrooms, especially if you have particularly large mirrors or if the mirror is positioned in an area where side-mounted lighting isn’t possible. Ideally, you should have fixtures at approximately 78 inches above the floor if you are going with fixtures over the top of the mirror. For overhead lighting, look for higher-wattage bulbs to spread the light evenly over the sink and your vanity area.

To the sides

The ideal places for hanging wall sconces in the bathroom are at either side of the bathroom vanity mirror on the same wall. In this circumstance, you should mount them between 65 and 70 inches from the floor, at approximately eye level. This gives you enough light to fully light up your face without casting any harsh shadows. The fixtures should be about 28 to 30 inches apart, but this may depend on the size of the mirror and the available space.

You can also mount mirrors on side walls, again depending on the configuration of the area where you have your bathroom vanity and mirror. This works best in narrow spaces. In such a case, the sconces could be mounted on the side walls close to the bath walls. This gives enough illumination while still allowing you to get the most out of your mirror. Here again, you should mount the lighting 65 to 70 inches off the floor, at approximately eye level.

Whether you use single or multiple fixtures will again depend on the style you’re interested in, and the amount of light you’re looking for. But this should at least give you a sense of what you can do to improve your lighting and the way it’s mounted in your bathroom.

For more information about making smart bathroom lighting upgrades in Santa Fe, NM, contact the team at Apple Construction LLC today.

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