How to Choose Bathroom Mirror Light Fixtures

by admin on December 13, 2010

The lighting around a bathroom mirror can set the tone for the entire room. Inadequate or improperly placed fixtures can cause poor illumination and cast unflattering shadows. Not only does this situation not flatter your bathrooms appearance, but it can make your daily routine more difficult by making it harder to shave or apply makeup. But by adding or changing your light fixtures you can have a bathroom that not only beautiful, but relaxing and inviting.

One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing bathroom mirror light fixtures is the wattage it is able to support. While it is possible to replace fixtures for under $100, they may not be able to hold enough light bulbs or support enough wattage to properly illuminate the area. Most designers recommend choosing lighting products able to support 150 watts or more for the best results. By doing this, 3 and 4 bulb units can provide adequate lighting without having to add wall sconces to remove unwanted shadows. And in small bathroom spaces this is an essential aspect to consider because the size of the lighting fixture and placement of wall sconces will be limited.

Another aspect you want to consider is the type of mirror light fixture you want to install to accentuate your shower design. It may be tempting to go with a completely different look, but the different styling may cause installation problems. If the lighting attaches using a different method, the wall or wiring may need modifications. The result can be an increased installation cost that was not initially anticipated in your original budget.

While it may be tempting to purchase the first fixture you have your heart set on, take a moment to step back before you buy. By taking the time to choose the right bathroom mirror light fixture you can not only have a beautifully accented bathroom, but you can increase the value of your home and make your daily routine a little bit easier.

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