Successful plan has multiple light sources, including both overhead and task, with good task lighting at the sink and mirror being key. To achieve a successful lighting plan at the vanity, fixtures need to have adequate light output, be of appropriate size and style for the bathroom layout and design, and be installed at the proper distance from the floor and one another. Mounting vanity light fixtures at the optimal location minimizes the potential for shadows being cast on the face, important when applying makeup or shaving and grooming.
The primary place to hang wall sconces in the bathroom is on either side of the bathroom vanity mirror, providing ideal lighting for the sink area. If the fixtures are to be installed near a tub or shower with a risk of having contact with water spray, look for styles with a “damp” rating.
Light from sconces should be softly flattering yet bright enough to shave, like the light provided by this pair of fixtures framing a recessed medicine cabinet.In a narrow bath, consider mounting sconces on the side walls, close to the back wall. The illumination is still effective while maximizing the size of the mirror.
The choice of fixture style presents an opportunity to introduce character or reinforce the design aesthetic of the bathroom. With so many options, make sure to embrace this chance to make a statement.
A trio of Visual Comfort’s Graydon double bath lights by Thomas O’Brien in bronze with white glass shades ensures adequate light along the length of this vanity.In this bathroom, the sconces bring abundant light and streamlined style to the design. In addition to the amount of light a fixture provides, consider how it will look next to other elements of the vanity, to achieve a cohesive design.
Tip: When shopping for fixtures, make sure to check what wattage each option supports to guarantee sufficient light output.
Finally, the ability to dim lighting is a desired feature in other rooms and can be in the bathroom as well. Installing dimmers is worth the effort and cost; bright task lighting that’s optimal in the day can be softened in the evening, a nice touch if relaxing in the bath is a favorite ritual to help wind down the day.