43 Fascinating Bathroom Vanity Lighting Design Ideas


Bathroom vanity lighting can be accomplished using many different types, sizes, and styles of light fixtures. Vanity lighting can come directly from one lighting fixture or from a combination of a few different types of fixtures depending on your lighting needs. Vanity strip, sconces, pendants, ceiling, and recessed are some of the most popular lighting fixtures for the vanity area. Some fixtures are mostly task oriented while others provide general lighting for basic vanity tasks.

Vanity strip lights are commonly used as the main source of bathroom vanity lighting because it provides sufficient and proper lighting for specific tasks like hair styling, applying contact lenses, or shaving. Strip lights come in 2, 3, 4 or more bulb placements. Each bulb placement is covered with decorative glass that can be found to fit a specific style or one that can easily blend with general design schemes. Strip light fixtures can also be installed to face either up or down depending on how much light you want directed at the vanity countertop. Dimmers are recommended so you can adjust depending on the time of day or on the task you are trying to complete.


Sconces are usually installed on the wall directly in front of the vanity but for best results it is recommended that you install them in pairs. For instance, when one is installed on either side of the mirror they provide the area with ample lighting for all types of vanity tasks. Sconces can be purchased with one or two bulb placements. There are many decorative designs to choose from. Some can even be found with colorful glass bulb covers to add an even more profound design element. Pendants are similar to sconces with the only difference being the way that they are mounted. Pendants are installed to the ceiling and hang down to whatever height you choose. Pendants are popular because they can be found in many different unusual shapes and styles.

Ceiling light fixtures are a must in any bathroom design. A light fixture from above provides lighting for basic bathroom vanity tasks like washing hands or brushing teeth. Ceiling lights can be found in many sizes, designs, and styles. A chandelier is probably the most elegant example of this type of lighting. Although the fixture is more of a style element, it still provides sufficient light for general bathroom usage. Recessed lights are similar in that they are used for general lighting rather than task lighting. Recessed fixtures are great to install under shelves or within the cabinetry to provide in places that would otherwise be shadowed or dark. Their main purpose would be to provide a glow so you can find and access items without a problem.