By Violette Beaux. bathroom vanity lighting. Published at Thursday, March 01st, 2018 - 23:01:38 PM.
Some bathroom vanity lighting may use special bulbs, which may cause problems when the time comes to change them as they are not commonly sold in stores or their production may have been discontinued. Avoid bright white or yellow bulbs for they tend to be harsh with unrealistic colors and they make the skin look paler and washed out. A neodymium bulb may be a good choice as they imitate sunlight. Some vanity lighting may use halogen lamps since they disperse light, resulting to a softer look but without shadows being casted. Choose some bulbs that are covered with frosted glass to have a more flattering result and better illumination. Fluorescent bulbs with Color Rendering Index of eighty or more can also be used and may be ideal for the bathroom since they generate less heat compared to the incandescent bulbs and would last longer.
Once you've found a suitable ceiling light to access the power from, you will need to run a power line to feed the vanity light. For this you will need plenty of 14-2 wiring to run from the light source to the vanity area. Don't attach any wires to the fixture just yet. Run the power wire directly to the wall where the vanity light will be located. Drill a ¾" hole through the top plate of the wall. Now fish down enough wire to reach the vanity area behind the wall.
Vanity lights should create a balanced lighting, neither too dim nor too bright. A large bathroom may need at least two to five lights. Strip lights may be the best type for this as it lights up the whole vanity and can be put in either to shine up or down. For a small bathroom, on the other hand, a sconce or a single vanity light installed at either sides of the mirror may be sufficient. A dimmer could be added to adjust the light depending on the time of day. The lights should not be wider than the vanity table or cabinet but may be wider than the mirror. If the vanity is long or has a two sinks, more than one fixture would bring out better results.
The light's finish should blend with the existing faucets and other fixtures in the bathroom. If the fixtures are shiny then a polished silver or chrome will do. If the design has a brushed look then brushed nickel finishes would be a good choice.
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