5 Tips To Brighten Up Your Bathroom

Having a bit of a bathroom lighting crisis?

Proper bathroom lighting can mean the difference between a dull, boring space and one that is a true sanctuary.

Of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom probably gets the least amount of love. Yet there are so many bathroom lighting ideas that are easy to implement and will make a world of difference.  Follow our Top 5 Bath Lighting Tips to cultivate just the environment you need.

Bathroom lighting should not be an afterthought.

A lot of time is spent here getting ready for your day. Try these expert tips and learn how to pick the perfect lighting for your bathroom, so you may prepare for each day in style and comfort:

Top 5 Bath Lighting Tips


  1. Placement
    • The best mirror lighting surrounds the face with light. This provides light from all sides to minimize shadows under the chin, eyes, cheeks, and forehead. A wall sconce on either side of the mirror can work nicely.
    • Normally you want the center of the fixture at about 66″ above the finished floor and at least 30″ apart (these specs will vary according to the hieght of individuals using the mirror and the particular room and fixture specs).
    • If the room has a whole wall mirror you can mount the fixtures right on the mirror.
    • Avoid using ceiling mounted fixtures as the sole light source unless the room is very small with light colored walls. Large bathrooms often need additional illumination to supplement the mirror lighting.
    • Don’t rely on recessed cans for mirror lighting. The shadows can be horrendous!
  2. Bulb Type
    • Color qualities, light distribution, and maintenance costs are all heavily dependent upon the type of bulb the fixture uses.
    • Color temperature refers to whether the light source appears cool (bluish) or warm (yellowish) or neutral. Opt for a color temperature of at least 2700K.
    • Randall Whitehead, IALD, professional lighting designer, supports that the best color temperatures for daytime makeup application is  4000K (office lighting)-5000K (daylight) and best color temperatures for nighttime makeup application is  2700K-3000K.
    • Color rendering is another key color quality. CRI spans a scale from 0 to 100, the higher the CRI the better.
  3. Light Distribution
    • Another key element is evenly balanced light distribution. Shadowless light is easiest on the eyes, and fluorescent sources are well suited to this task.
    • LED spotlights and LED bath vanity light fixtures should be properly shielded and of the best color quality to reduce glare and provide focused task light.
  4. Fixture Style
    • Look for bath vanity lights, wall sconces and ceiling fixtures that complement the style of your bath.  From traditional and rustic to modern and minimalistic, bath lighting fixtures are available in a myriad of finish options and decorative designs.
  5. Maintenance Costs
    • Power consumption, bulb cost, and frequency of bulb replacement are all factors to consider.
    • Review your lamping options:  From compact fluorescent (CFL) , eco-halogen, xenon, and light emitting diodes (LEDs)–the latest bath lighting fixtures offer more choices than ever.  Consult with a professional lighting consultant to decide which is best for your specific lighting installation.


If you’re going for a soft, elegant look to your bathroom, consider adding a chandelier. Chandeliers come in all shapes, sizes and styles. From the simple to the simply grand, a chandelier can go a long way toward transforming the look of your bathroom.



Well, that does it. Now you know how to start your day off right, with awesome bathroom lighting! We want to see your bathroom transformation. Email us your design photos, suggestions for future style guides or questions you’d like to see answered in future articles to newsletter@1800lighting.com.


Thanks and until next time!


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