How to perfect your vanity lighting

Let’s be honest. We’ve all had those moments where we catch a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror and are not exactly overjoyed with what we see. The good news is, it’s not you, it’s just bad lighting!

To help you put your best face forward, follow our expert tips to choosing vanity lighting.

Layer your lighting sources.
The bathroom is a space that needs a combination of task and ambient light sources. Task lights such as wall sconces, provide more concentrated light and are usually placed around the vanity. They provide enough light for applying makeup, brushing teeth and shaving while ambient lighting such as flush mounts and pendants, light the rest of the room.

Vanity lighting guidePlacement is everything
There are 2 options for placement in any bathroom. The first is side by side placement and this provides great light across the face and should be installed at eye level. The second is over mirror placement. This provides a more even light and should be positioned so that the light is reflecting off the mirror and onto the face

Vanity lighting guideImage courtesy to Three Birds Renovations.

Choose the right colour lights.
Cool white is a popular choice as it provides a fresh and visually ‘bright’ light, which is great for task lighting. Warm white however still offer the same amount of physical light, but without the effect of washing out the face (think of fluoro lights in a public space). This also gives a more relaxed vibe to the space. More importantly than the visible colour, is the CRI (colour rendering index).

Our Reflextion mirror with integrated LED lighting is a dream for those who apply makeup in the bathroom.

Vanity lighting guide

Look for lights with a high colour rendering index (CRI)
How often have you chosen a foundation that looks like it matches your skin tone under a certain light, only to realise it doesn’t match at all once you’re out in the daylight? This happens when the lighting inside a shop has a low CRI. If you normally apply your makeup in the bathroom, make sure your vanity lighting has a high CRI (above 80 is ideal) so that you’re able to see the true colour of your makeup.

Use lighting to create a spa-like feel.
The bathroom is also a place to pamper yourself, and using accent lighting such as dimmable spot lights and adjustable downlights can help create soft highlights that mimic a luxurious spa. Strip lighting can also help you create a soft ambience and is a popular trend in bathroom design. You can get creative and use them around your mirror, under cabinetry or along the skirting boards, they’re completely flexible and waterproof.

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