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Your Guide to Vanity Light Height

Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or making a small update to the space, it’s important to install your vanity light at the ideal height. There are several factors to consider such as the size of the vanity, the size of the mirror, the type of lighting you prefer, and the bathroom’s overall design that all impact how to best approach utilizing the space optimally. Toronto homeowners are in luck because the bathroom renovation specialists at iBathrooms have created a detailed guide to help you discover the perfect vanity light height.

Above the Mirror Height

Vanity lights are available in a number of options. The most popular choice is to install a series of lights, usually two or more, above the bathroom mirror. Vanity lights can also come in globes, tubes, shades, a cage, or a bar. Our experts recommend accounting for 78” from the floor for the placement of the vanity light over the mirror.

Wall Sconce Height Beside the Mirror

Sconces are an effective vanity light for your bathroom because they increase the amount of usable light in the room. The more usable light means the easier it will be to view yourself in the mirror. Sconces also add a sense of style and flair to any bathroom’s design. Generally, sconces should be mounted just above eye level, or about 60” – 65” from the floor is the recommended height to evenly illuminate a bathroom mirror from either side. The reason for this specific designation of the bathroom vanity light height is to prevent any harsh glares or unflattering shadows.

Sconces can also be placed either upwards or downwards, with each direction offering its own set of benefits based on the amount of light needed and the desired light effect. Sconces facing up brighten the entire room, reduce shadows, and are more effective at lightening a larger bathroom space, whereas sconces facing downward brighten a specific dark corner or area, create flattering light when shaded and positioned at head height, and provide directional light to accomplish tasks such as applying makeup.

Design Tips to Consider

When looking to remodel your bathroom with a new vanity light, account for the following factors:

  • Size of Vanity: Vanities come in a variety of sizes including 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″, 60″ and 72″. The size of the vanity you should ultimately select correlates to the size of the bathroom. For example, a 48″ vanity may be suitable for a medium-sized bathroom whereas a 24″ vanity is perfect for a guest bathroom with limited space or a powder room.
  • Size of Mirror: In general, choose a mirror that is 1”- 2” shorter than the width of the countertop of your vanity sink area.
  • Size of Fixtures to Select: Fixtures should be mounted 36” – 40” apart on either side of the vanity mirror. The center of each fixture should be about 66” above the floor or roughly at eye level.
  • Height: Choosing the perfect height is vital to eliminate shadows under the eyes, cheeks, and chin.
  • The Effect of Layering Lighting: Incorporating layers of bathroom lighting that are different will ensure the room isn’t overwhelmingly light, but also that the room isn’t overly dim.

Be Safe, Talk to Professionals

When you’re ready to make some changes to your bathroom lights, call iBathroom’s professional crew. Installing the correct vanity light height is essential to optimize your bathroom space. Various factors including the size of the vanity, the size of the fixtures, the size of the mirror, and the intended lighting you desire all impact what will be best for you. When making these plans, prioritize the safety of you and your surroundings because the mix of electricity and water can be extremely dangerous.

Consulting designers in addition to electricians and plumbers will pay dividends to ensure compliance with electrical codes and regulations are met during installation. Contact the proficient team at iBathrooms for all your bathroom remodeling needs. We offer a free quote so join us and discover your perfect vanity light height that will surely be the finishing touch to your bathroom space.

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