grooming starts with proper lighting at the
mirror. The important thing to remember is to
light the face, not the mirror. The light should
come from both sides as well as the top. The
illumination should be soft and shadow free
to make grooming easy and comfortable.
For ample light with out glare, choose
a shielded fixture. To obtain a sparkling effect,
use clear cut-crystal glass but with lower wattage
or dimmed lamps.
Naked bulbs on the top or sides
of a mirror may look rather glarey, but in low
wattage, they can be a good accurate makeup light
(although certainly not my choice.)
For all-around bath lighting, place
a long fixture at least 24" across the top
of your mirror at 78" above the Floor. Or,
set one on either side, at least 28" apart.
For longer vanities you can use bath strips that
come up to 72" or place mirrored strips end
In larger baths, supplement lighting
at the mirror with downlights or wall brackets
to light the entire room. There are 2 basic choices:
Either directly placed on the ceiling or recessed.
The Height of your ceiling can help dictate this.
If your ceiling is 7 feet or less, a recessed
light is definitely a good choice. It depends
on the depth of the joists whether they can be
installed or not.
Adding dimmer controls provides
a comfortable night-light. Down lights can be
effective general lighting. Nobody likes to turn
on bright lights when you have to get up in the
middle of the night.
Down lights, as the name suggests
concentrates light downward, shedding a pool of
diffused light on the first surface encountered.
They can be useful not only as general light sources,
but also for highlighting a work surface, in this
case, the sink area.
Spotlights are best aimed at the
ceiling or the walls to bounce back an indirect
light into the room. Directly beamed at the Floor,
their beam blinds anyone who walks into their
mirror lighting for shaving or applying makeup
should illuminate the front and sides of the face.
The light should shine onto your face, not into
the mirror, and the general light should be carefully
positioned so that the mirror reflects no glare.
For nocturnal bathroom visits,
a nightlight should make it perfectly possible
to fill a glass of water or use the facilities.
It is also a useful safety precaution in households
with young children and elderly people, who may
go stumbling in sleepily at night. There are a
variety of these lights available that are safe
and cheap to leave on all night in the bathroom.
Waterproof lights, designed for
use outdoors, can also be a good choice for the