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Bathroom Lighting Buying Guide

Bathroom lighting has incredible power to transform both how you look and how you feel in the private retreat spaces of your home. Bathroom lighting guides a gentle transition from the low light of dawn to brightness of the day and lets you bathe, dress, and groom in light that flatters and enlivens.  

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

To make your bathroom lighting composition as hardworking and stylish as possible, review several factors before making a purchase. Those factors include size, color and material, energy efficiency and control, design and style, and light combinations. Whether your lighting choice is for a decorative update, a full-scale remodel, or a new space, keep the size of the room and plumbing locations in mind as you evaluate your options.

Size

Match your bathroom lighting selections to the scale of the room to create a sense of balance. If you choose a smaller pendant, for example, for a larger room, you may need several of them to maintain pleasing proportions.

Color and Material

The color and materials of your bathroom lighting fixtures and their shades offer ways to tie together disparate design elements in a bathroom.

Energy Efficiency and Control

Check out the light bulb requirements of your fixture (and pay attention to Energy Star options) to minimize future costs. In addition, controls such as dimmers can help you easily change lighting levels and decrease energy usage, too.

Design and Style

Fixture styles range from traditional to transitional, enabling you to easily match your bathroom lighting to your overall bathroom decor.

Light Combinations

No bathroom benefits from just one source of light. Think carefully about how to use various bathroom light fixtures to create a light combination that eliminates shadows, provides flattering illumination, and accents your design decisions.

Types of Bathroom Lighting

Types of Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom lighting is incredibly diverse, which means itís easy to include multiple light sources and max out your usability of overhead, task, and accent illumination. For bathroom ceilings, options include ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, recessed cans, pendants, ceiling fans with lights, and track lighting. Sconces, floor lamps, and table lamps provide other choices. Evaluate each one thoroughly before creating your own individual mix of bathroom lighting.

Sconces

Sconces hang on a wall, typically beside or above a mirror or at regular intervals throughout a bathroom. They cast light upward or downward and hold one or more lightbulbs.

Ceiling Fixtures

Ceiling fixtures, either flush- or semiflush-mounted from the ceiling, typically are used to provide overall illumination in bathrooms. Larger bathrooms may contain more than one ceiling.

Chandeliers

Both decorative and functional, chandeliers enjoy newfound popularity as overall sources of light in bathrooms. Ceiling height and room size should be considered as you choose a bathroom chandelier.

Recessed Cans

Recessed cans provide understated, clean-lined light from above and offer an excellent way to complement another bathroom ceiling light fixture. Recessed cans range in size from diminutive to large and typically appear at regular intervals in a bathroom ceiling.

Floor and Table Lamps

Floor and table lamps provide incredible flexibility in bathroom lighting schemes. Some floor lamps can be adjusted to cast light as needed, while table lamps offer illumination on dressing tables or other areas requiring task lighting.

Track Lighting

Great for accenting decorative elements, track lighting also enhances overall flexibility; track-light lamps can typically be pointed in multiple directions to focus light on artwork, plants, or other accents.

Pendants

With the availability of smaller sizes, pendants have become an integral part of bathroom lighting. Small versions can hang above a sink, or a large pendant can provide a focal point in the center of a bathroom.

Ceiling Fans with Lights

When equipped with lights, ceiling fans circulate air in bathrooms as well as provide overall lighting. Newer super small ceiling fans sport ultraquiet motors and often just one or two blades, making them a great fit in small-scale bathrooms.

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Marble Crafter

Shop for Bedding Sets from Hayneedle.com! Decorate your master bath in style with the Vinca 7-Piece Bathroom Accessories - Light G...reen Marble. This collection adds elegance and functionality to the sanctuary of your home. All pieces are handcrafted of beautiful light green marble and each includes protective felt on the bottom to protect your floors and countertops. About Designs by Marble Crafters Inc. Designs by Marble Crafters Inc. a Dallas-Fort Worth-based company offers exquisite handcrafted stone products each item a result of over two decades experience in the art of stonecraft. Using genuine marble and onyx from the Himalayas and the Arabian Sea the company s craftsmen turn the natural hard rocks in to polished masterpieces. Several rounds of hand sanding produce a natural brilliance radiating from the stone itself not from a chemical glaze like other stone products. The company also prides itself on its unparalleled manufacturing customer service and prompt delivery. read more

Vinca 7-Piece Bathroom Accessories - Light Green Marble
Lighthouse Distribution Corp

Shop for Exhaust Fans from Hayneedle.com! The Broan 696 Bathroom Fan/Light will look great in any bathroom setting, and a 100-watt... light capacity brightens up the room at the same time. The durable 100-CFM ventilation fan operates quietly at only 4.5 sones. A designer-styled white polymeric grille complements basically any decor, and the installation is simple thanks to the adjustable slotted mounting brackets. A 4-inch round duct features a 2-inch tapered sleeve for easy ducting. The housing is lined with half-inch acoustic insulation. Housing Dimensions: 14.25L x 8.25W x 5.75H inches. Grille Dimensions: 16.75L x 10.625W inches.About Broan-NuToneBroan-NuTone has been leading the industry since 1932 in producing innovative ventilation products and built-in convenience products, all backed by superior customer service. Today, they're headquartered in Hartford, Wisconsin, employing more than 3200 people in eight countries. They've become North America's largest producer of medicine cabinets, ironing centers, door chimes, and they're the industry leader for range hoods, bath and ventilation fans, and heater/fan/light combination units. They are proud that more than 80 percent of their products sold in the United States are designed and manufactured in the U.S., with U.S. and imported parts. Broan-NuTone is dedicated to providing revolutionary products to improve the indoor environment of your home, in ways that also help preserve the outdoor environment. read more

Broan-Nutone 696 Bathroom Fan / Light Multicolor
Lighthouse Distribution Corp

Shop for Exhaust Fans from Hayneedle.com! The Broan 657 Bathroom Fan/Light combines the comfort and convenience of a fan and a gen...tle light all in one compact unit. The unit fits in well in any style of bathroom thanks to the designer-styled white polymeric grille. Two blower wheels, each powered by its own permanently lubricated plug-in motor, quietly deliver high-efficiency performance. The unit has a bright 100-watt light capacity (bulb not included). A built-in damper prevents backdrafts and eliminates metallic clatter. Installation is easy with adjustable, slotted mounting brackets. Housing Dimensions: 14.25L x 8.25W x 5.75H inches. Grille Dimensions: 16.75L x 10.625W inches.About Broan-NuToneBroan-NuTone has been leading the industry since 1932 in producing innovative ventilation products and built-in convenience products, all backed by superior customer service. Today, they're headquartered in Hartford, Wisconsin, employing more than 3200 people in eight countries. They've become North America's largest producer of medicine cabinets, ironing centers, door chimes, and they're the industry leader for range hoods, bath and ventilation fans, and heater/fan/light combination units. They are proud that more than 80 percent of their products sold in the United States are designed and manufactured in the U.S., with U.S. and imported parts. Broan-NuTone is dedicated to providing revolutionary products to improve the indoor environment of your home, in ways that also help preserve the outdoor environment. read more

Broan-Nutone 657 Bathroom Fan / Light Multicolor
Lighthouse Distribution Corp

Shop for Exhaust Fans from Hayneedle.com! With a super-low profile and quiet operation - not to mention bright lighting and air-fr...eshening capabilities - the NuTone 668RP Bathroom Fan / Light is an unquestionable bathroom essential. Crafted with galvanized steel and a polymeric grille, the fan is outfitted with a plug-in vent fan and light receptacle and a duct adapter with a built-in backdraft damper. Breezy 70 CFM ventilation is delivered at a low 4 sone sound level, and the unbreakable light lens snaps on and off for easy relamping. The fan and light work separately or together. The unit fits a standard four-inch round duct and mounts to joists with easy-to-install adjustable hanger bars. Use over tub/shower with GFI branch circuit wiring. Requires a 100W incandescent bulb (not included).Dimensions:Housing: 7.87L x 14.75W x 5.62H inchesGrille: 9.87L x 16.25W inchesAdditional FeaturesGalvanized steel housing with white polymeric grilleEasy-to-install adjustable hanger barsPlug-in vent fan and light receptacleDuct adapter with snap-on backdraft damperFan and light work separately or togetherUnbreakable light lens snaps on and offAbout Broan-NuToneBroan-NuTone has been leading the industry since 1932 in producing innovative ventilation products and built-in convenience products, all backed by superior customer service. Today, they're headquartered in Hartford, Wisconsin, employing more than 3200 people in eight countries. They've become North America's largest producer of medicine cabinets, ironing centers, door chimes, and they're the industry leader for range hoods, bath and ventilation fans, and heater/fan/light combination units. They are proud that more than 80 percent of their products sold in the United States are designed and manufactured in the U.S., with U.S. and imported parts. Broan-NuTone is dedicated to providing revolutionary products to improve the indoor environment of your home, in ways that also help preserve the outdoor environment. read more

Broan-Nutone 668RP Bathroom Fan / Light Multicolor
Universal Lighting and Decor

White opal glass perfectly complements the brilliant chrome finish of this beautifully modern bath light design. From the Nova Col...lection. Chrome finish. White opal glass. Includes four 40 watt halogen bulbs. 39" wide. 10" high. Extends 5" from the... read more

Nova Chrome 4-Light Bathroom Light Fixture
James Moder Lighting

A curtain of octagon shaped and teardrop crystal disguise the six tactfully placed light bulbs. The wavy form plays with the tradi...tional chandelier design and, in the process, redefines the bath area. Trimmed with hand-cut crystal and Imperial machine... read more

Crystal Wave Six Light Bathroom Light
Volume Lighting

Features: Number of lights: 1 Shade material: Sandstone glass Wattage: 100 Rated for damp location Finish: Antique iron Sevila col...lection Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 6.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 4 Pounds read more

Sevila 1 Light Bathroom Wall Sconce
AFX Lighting

The Hudson Collection bath light impresses with sleek, understated style. This bathroom wall light features white linen acrylic an...d a satin nickel finish. Clear top diffuser and frosted bottom diffuser offer wall wash effect. A stylish, energy... read more

Hudson Collection 40" Wide Energy Efficient Bathroom Light
AFX Lighting

The Carson Collection of lighting offers sophisticated styling and energy efficient operation. Eye-catching faux alabaster is acce...nted with oil-rubbed bronze finished hardware accents. Clear top diffuser and white bottom diffuser offer wall wash... read more

Carson Collection 38" Wide Energy Efficient Bathroom Light
Universal Lighting and Decor

This contemporary two light bath fixture features an upward arch below. A bronze finish handsomely contrasts with and complements ...the two white glass shades. This appealing design takes two 60 watt bulbs for softer light output. Bronze finish. White... read more

Jenisen Arch 18" Wide Bronze Bathroom Light
Metropolitan

The Zaragoza Collection makes a stunning impression with delicate wrought iron framework and detailed accents of brass. The wonder...fully curling frame is decorated with leaf accents. This bathroom wall light features a golden bronze finish and salon... read more

Metropolitan Zaragoza 37" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Metropolitan

The Zaragoza Collection makes a stunning impression with delicate wrought iron framework and detailed accents of brass. The wonder...fully curling frame is decorated with leaf accents. This bathroom wall light features a golden bronze finish and salon... read more

Metropolitan Zaragoza 32" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Universal Lighting and Decor
$64.95 $129.99
at Lamps Plus

This contemporary three light bath fixture features an upward arch below. A bronze finish handsomely contrasts with and complement...s the three white glass shades. This appealing design takes three 60 watt bulbs for softer light output. Bronze finish.... read more

Jenisen Arch 29" Wide Bronze Bathroom Light
Troy

This opulent fixture echoes the early days of Hollywood with a glamorous look. Clear opal glass is offset by a polished nickel fin...ished frame, which is studded with diamond crystal accents. Take your bath decor to the next level with this chic wall... read more

Collinburg Collection 24" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Quoizel

The sleek and shapely Downtown Collection exudes contemporary sophistication while maintaining plenty of glamour. Gleaming clear g...lass accents combine with a polished chrome finish for lots of sparkle. Opal etched glass warms and evens out the light.... read more

Downtown Collection 15" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Maxim Lighting

From Maxim's Elegante collection comes this floral inspired, charming oil rubbed bronze finished three light bathroom light fixtur...e. It features sparkling crystal accents and a leaf and vine motif intertwined around the arms. May mount with glass up or... read more

Elegante Collection 28" Wide Bronze Bathroom Light Fixture
Hinkley Lighting

The Avon Collection offers a crisp, modern look in wall lighting. The lines are clean and confident, and the glass shades taper ni...cely and offer warm illumination. This bathroom wall light features a chrome finish and white glass. Can be mounted with... read more

Hinkley Avon Collection Chrome 23" Wide Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This three-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backpla...te in chrome. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish. From... read more

Hinkley Daphne 24" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This three-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backpla...te in brushed bronze. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish.... read more

Hinkley Daphne 24" Wide Brushed Bronze Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This two-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplate... in brushed nickel. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish.... read more

Hinkley Daphne 16" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This two-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplate... in chrome. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish. From the... read more

Hinkley Daphne 16" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This four-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplat...e in brushed nickel. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish.... read more

Hinkley Daphne 32" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This four-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplat...e in brushed bronze. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish.... read more

Hinkley Daphne 32" Wide Brushed Bronze Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This two-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplate... in brushed bronze. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish.... read more

Hinkley Daphne 16" Wide Brushed Bronze Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This three-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backpla...te in brushed nickel. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish.... read more

Hinkley Daphne 24" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This four-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplat...e in chrome. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish. From the... read more

Hinkley Daphne 32" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This five-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplat...e in brushed bronze. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish.... read more

Hinkley Daphne 40" Wide Brushed Bronze Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Featuring minimal transitional styling with clean lines and soft curves, this bathroom light offers two-lights for bright illumina...tion. Finished in brushed nickel with faceted, clear etched glass, this crisp design will make a stunning accent near a... read more

Hinkley Meridian 14" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Minimalism and grace define this two-light bath bar. Clear outer glass surrounds etched inner glass, creating a dimensionally laye...red look. The floating chrome backplate offers a sleek touch. From Hinkley Lighting's Katia collection. Two-light design.... read more

Hinkley Katia Collection 18" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Featuring minimal transitional styling with clean lines and soft curves, this bathroom light offers three-lights for bright illumi...nation. Finished in brushed nickel with faceted, clear etched glass, this crisp design will make a stunning accent near a... read more

Hinkley Meridian 21" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Minimalism and grace define this four-light bath bar. Clear outer glass surrounds etched inner glass, creating a dimensionally lay...ered look. The floating chrome backplate offers a sleek touch. From Hinkley Lighting's Katia collection. Four-light... read more

Hinkley Katia Collection 30" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Sophisticated style makes this three-light bathroom light a great statement piece. Featuring six-sided, etched opal fluted glass a...nd decorative cast finials in chrome, this contemporary piece is versatile and clean. From the Shelly Collection by... read more

Hinkley Shelly 24" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Featuring minimal transitional styling with clean lines and soft curves, this bathroom light offers four-lights for bright illumin...ation. Finished in brushed nickel with faceted, clear etched glass, this crisp design will make a stunning accent near a... read more

Hinkley Meridian 29" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Refresh your lighting with this contemporary bathroom light. Full of crisp, clean lines that are complemented by a two-tone brushe...d nickel and chrome finish. Clear glass surrounds etched ice glass, which gives the illumination a soft, warm look. From... read more

Hinkley Zina 13" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Maxim Lighting

Featuring a highly detailed, oil rubbed bronze finish and a striking pattern softly etched on its pale amber glass shades, Maxim's... two light fixture from its Symphony Collection has an antique look and a classic style. Mounts with glass up or down. Oil... read more

Symphony Bronze 18" Wide Two Light Bathroom Fixture
Elk

The Retrospectives Collection offers a nostalgic glimpse of the sleek, gleaming designs of the 1950s. Modern designs from mid-cent...ury are tres chic today. This bathroom wall light features a polished chrome finish and opal white glass. An appealing... read more

Retrospectives Collection 28" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Elk
Hinkley Lighting

This five-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplat...e in chrome. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish. From the... read more

Hinkley Daphne 40" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Finished in chrome, this chic bathroom light complements a variety of decors with its sleek lines and smooth styling. Cased opal g...lass brightens a room with warm, comforting illumination. From the Miley Collection by Hinkley. Two-light bath fixture... read more

Hinkley Miley 13" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Sophisticated style makes this three-light bathroom light a great statement piece. Featuring six-sided, etched opal fluted glass a...nd decorative cast finials in brushed nickel, this contemporary piece is versatile and clean. From the Shelly Collection... read more

Hinkley Shelly 24" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Elegant design characterizes this warm bathroom light. Featuring bold decorative cast finials and etched six-sided glass shades th...at are ribbed and flared for refined sophistication. From the Hinkley Abbie Collection. Two-light bath fixture from the... read more

Hinkley Abbie 16" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Finished in chrome, this chic bathroom light complements a variety of decors with its sleek lines and smooth styling. Etched opal ...glass brightens a room with warm, comforting illumination. From the Miley Collection by Hinkley. Four-light bath fixture... read more

Hinkley Miley 30" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

This five-light bathroom lighting fixture features contemporary pocket-style bubble art glass set against a sleek raceway backplat...e in brushed nickel. An etched glass diffuser conceals the light source for warm, even illumination that remains stylish.... read more

Hinkley Daphne 40" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

From Hinkley Lighting, the Union collection offers an understated yet clearly modern design of gracefully intersecting geometry. I...ts contemporary lines are softened by the etched inner glass cradled in forged brackets. A brushed nickel finish completes... read more

Hinkley Union 24" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

From Hinkley Lighting, the Union collection offers an understated yet clearly modern design of gracefully intersecting geometry. I...ts contemporary lines are softened by the etched inner glass cradled in forged brackets. A brushed nickel finish completes... read more

Hinkley Union 18" Wide Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Boasting a richly transitional design, this chrome bathroom light handsomely fuses contemporary, industrial, and art deco styles. ...A clear glass panel with rectangular etching is mounted on L-shaped yokes offering structure and artistic balance. This... read more

Hinkley Latitude 18" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Boasting a richly transitional design, this chrome bathroom light handsomely fuses contemporary, industrial, and art deco styles. ...A clear glass panel with rectangular etching is mounted on L-shaped yokes offering structure and artistic balance. This... read more

Hinkley Latitude 26" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Decorate a bathroom wall with this handsome three-light bathroom fixture. An updated traditional look is paired with a minimalist ...forged scroll design that elegantly complements the etched opal glass, making this design a perfect complement to any... read more

Hinkley Brooke 24" Wide Olde Bronze Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Redefine your lighting with the Claire Collection from Hinkley Lighting. Traditional style is given a chic update with minimalist ...spun metal cups and cast finial transitions. The modernized metalwork remains classically elegant when combined with the... read more

Hinkley Claire 30" Wide Antique Nickel Bathroom Light
Hinkley Lighting

Redefine your lighting with the Claire Collection from Hinkley Lighting. Traditional style is given a chic update with minimalist ...spun metal cups and cast finial transitions. The modernized metalwork remains classically elegant when combined with the... read more

Hinkley Claire 24" Wide Antique Nickel Bathroom Light
LBL Lighting

Bring contemporary style into your home with this elegant wall sconce. A streamlined opal glass shade offers a distinct appeal. A ...polished chrome finish is both stylish and sleek. Lola Collection bath fixture. Polished chrome finish. Features five... read more

LBL Lola 24" Wide Opal Bathroom Light
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