How To Do Bathroom Lights Right

Refine your Task Lighting with our 3-Step Guide for Best Bath Lighting.


When it comes to presenting yourself in the most favorable light, your bathroom lighting design is where it all begins. Start the day off right with illumination that is accurate and plentiful, yet flattering and comfortable.

Get Your Lumens

Watts are a measure of energy consumption, while lumens are a measure of light output. New light bulb packaging must now include the lumen output as the true measure of light bulb “brightness.” For task lighting at the mirror, you will need bright shadow-free illumination around 1600 lumens + similar to that provided by a traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb.

Show Off Your Colors

Pastels and light colors reflect, rather than absorb light so you will optimize lighting effects and make the most of your wall sconces, chandeliers and ceiling lights if you opt for white or lighter colors on bathroom walls and ceilings.

Color temperature, expressed in Kelvins (K), refers to the appearance of light ranging from cool blue to warm yellowish tones. Skin tones tend to look most flattering in medium to warm color temperatures around 3500K. Look for LED bulbs with a 2700K temperature.

PRO TIP: Bath vanity lighting on either side of the mirror should be centered at eye-level and installed about 60 to 66 inches above the floor and sconces should be spaced about 28-30 inches apart

Top 5 Bath Vanity Lights

When it comes to presenting yourself in the most favorable light, your bathroom lighting design is where it all begins. Start the day off right with illumination that is accurate and plentiful, yet flattering and comfortable.

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