The bathroom lighting fixtures you use can either enhance or disrupt the entire design of your bathroom. Given how much time is spent in the bathroom on life's most important and intimate tasks, the role of lighting in your bathroom can't be understated. Not only does a successful lighting scheme provide the illumination you need to put your best face forward every day, it also needs to blend in and highlight your overall design.
Here’s what you need to know regarding how to light your bathroom with various light fixtures.
Bar lighting is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a long bar with bulbs on either inside of the bar or with bulbs connected via a bar.
Horizontal bars work well above long mirrors, while vertical bars provide accent lighting on either side of bathroom mirrors. The metal on bath bars can come in a variety of finishes in order to match or complement other metals in the room like your tub or shower trim.
A sconce holds a bulb and is attached to a wall with an ornamental bracket. They are highly decorative and act almost like an art piece on the wall.
Bathroom wall sconces typically hold one or two bulbs and come in various metal finishes. Depending on the design, the bulbs are either upright or down, and the sconce you choose should depend on its wall placement. For example, you may want to avoid placing a sconce above your mirror if the bulbs hang down.
Wall sconces are often paired together, and you will likely need more than one to illuminate your entire bathroom if they are the only light source.
Vanity lights are bars with multiple lamps and shades that are typically mounted above a vanity mirror and often act as your bathroom's general, or ambient, lighting.
These fixtures are perfect for grooming and makeup application.
They come in a variety of finishes and designs, so no matter your bathroom’s aesthetic, you can find vanity lights that match.
Much like vanity lights, vanity strips are comprised of multiple bulbs, but the lights are very close to the bar rather than protruding as a sconce.
These light strips, on average, contain three to five bulbs, but some vanity strips have more.
These strips either feature rectangular bulbs, which are modern and sleek, or spheres, which feel a bit more retro and vintage.
Vanity strips can go anywhere in your bathroom, but they typically look the best above or alongside a large mirror. If you like bath bars but you want less bulk, vanity strips are the ideal way to light your bathroom.
As a final note, how you choose to light your bathroom may also depend on the brightness of the bulbs you prefer, how easy the fixtures are to clean, and how much room you have on your walls for fixtures. These factors can all play a role in the style of lighting you choose, but whatever you choose, make sure your lighting accents your interior styling rather than overwhelming it.