Lighting Tip #51 - Bathroom Vanity

The mirror is the focal point of any bathroom, and functional lighting is necessary for the completion of everyday tasks, such as fixing hair and putting on makeup. Here are some tips on how to properly light a bathroom with a vanity light over the mirror.

  1. The ideal length for a lighting fixture above a bathroom mirror is at least 3/4 the width of the mirror (including the frame if there is one). However, do not allow it to extend over the edges of the mirror.
  2. Leave between 3”-5” of space between the top of the mirror and the bottom of the light fixture.
  3. Center the lighting fixture over the sink.
  4. Choose “cool” colored lightbulbs for ideal bathroom task lighting.

Tip: Make sure that any lighting fixture that may come into contact with water or moisture is damp or wet-rated.