Vanity Lights – What are they?

vanity1Vanity lights are a bathroom’s best friend.  Also known as vanity bars, these light fixtures are designed to bring the focal point of the bathroom to the mirror and shed bright light so that grooming tasks can be done. Vanity lights come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs, and finishes and can even be custom made to go with the existing interior of your bathroom. When designing a bathroom, it’s important to consider your lighting options for the area round the sink, mirror and countertop to make sure you’ll be able to maximize the productivity of this space while still looking aesthetically pleasing.

Most vanity light fixtures are made out of a mix of materials, the most common being ceramic, metal and glass. Each type of vanity light fixture has it’s pros and cons, and choosing the right one really depends on the rest of the room’s style and decor, and how much light you’ll need them to produce.

The most common type of vanity light fixture is a long strip of round bulbs, but there are many different styles to choose from if you want your bathroom to be unique. Contemporary vanity lights typically are chrome finished and modern. Many traditional vanity fixtures are ornate and fluted and are more Victorian feeling and made out of brushed nickel or other metals.

vanity2Getting the size of your vanity light fixture right is important to keep your bathroom looking nice and balanced. Depending on how large the area for your vanity space is, you should keep your light fixture size in proportion.  For example, if you’re bathroom sink and mirror are small, a 2 bulb fixture may do the job, but if you’ve got a dual vanity you may need a longer, larger fixture or you could even split it up and use two separate fixtures. If you have trouble deciding which lights would fit best in your bathroom it’s always wise to consult an expert lighting design specialist.

The lighting in your bathroom can make a huge difference in the overall feel.  Not only will it make the room look nicer and more inviting, it can help increase productivity and get you on your way quicker.

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