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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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Troy Lighting
$378.00 $567.00
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Troy Lighting TRY-B2203WB Weathered Bark Raffia 3 Light Bath. Lighting > Bathroom Lighting. 3 Light Bath Large, Raffia Collection,... Category: Interior Bath, Diameter: 0.00, Length: 0.00, Width: 23.75, Height: 9.75, Extends: 5.50, ADA Compliant: N/A,... read more

Troy Lighting TRY-B2203WB Weathered Bark Raffia 3 Light Bath
Besa

Besa Lightings eco-friendly Pogo five-light sconce with shiny black and metallic-foil diffusers is a true goldmine of style. Strik...e it rich with the eco-friendly Pogo sconce. A gold foil lining adds elegant edge to clear-edged glass with a glossy black finish, creating a luxe, lustrous texture. Satin Nickel hardware adds a mixed metal effect with metropolitan attitude. UL-listed for damp locations. read more

Besa Pogo 39" Wide Black Bathroom Light
Varaluz

The frame of this light is hand forged iron; achieving a handsome, slightly raw aesthetic. This fascinating design from Varaluz li...ves up to its name. The light uses hand-forged metal circles of varying sizes filled with rosettes of recycled bottle glass. The glass scatters and diffuses light from three bulbs set inside for a magical, enchanting look. 70 percent or greater recycled steel in the frame. read more

Varaluz Fascination Collection 44" Wide Bathroom Light
Kalco

This 4-light, halogen bathroom fixture features stunning honeycomb calcite. The Napa Collection is inspired by nature to bring a b...it of natural beauty into your home. The diffusers are crafted from honeycomb calcite, a gorgeous natural material which is visually stunning. This bathroom wall light features a golden wheat finish. A beautiful look that will enhance your stylish bath. read more

Napa Collection 31" Wide Bathroom Light
Besa

Stay silver: Besa Lightings eco-friendly Pogo five-light sconce with pure white and metallic-foil diffusers instantly updates and ...elevates contemporary spaces. Height ho silver: this eco-friendly sconce from the Pogo collection adds sophisticated shine to contempo-modern interiors. Due to the superb craftsmanship by skilled artisans, its delicately textured silver foil lining creates a subtle yet stunning play of light, complemented by clear-edged glass with a glossy white finish. Satin nickel hardware adds the perfect finishing touch. UL-listed for damp locations. read more

Besa Pogo 39" Wide White Bathroom Light
Besa

Embark on a new gilded age with an eco-friendly four-light sconce from Besa Lightings Pogo collection, featuring sleek black-finis...h glass and a shimmering metal foil interior. Strike it rich with the eco-friendly Pogo sconce. A gold foil lining adds elegant edge to clear-edged glass with a glossy black finish, creating a luxe, lustrous texture. Satin Nickel hardware adds a mixed metal effect with metropolitan attitude. UL-listed for damp locations. read more

Besa Pogo 31" Wide Black Bathroom Light
Besa

A shimmering silver-foil lining adds depth and texture to this eco-friendly four-light Pogo sconce from Besa Lighting. Height ho s...ilver: this eco-friendly sconce from the Pogo collection adds sophisticated shine to contempo-modern interiors. Due to the superb craftsmanship by skilled artisans, its delicately textured silver foil lining creates a subtle yet stunning play of light, complemented by clear-edged glass with a glossy white finish. Satin nickel hardware adds the perfect finishing touch. UL-listed for damp locations. read more

Besa Pogo 31" Wide White Bathroom Light
Kalco

The Napa bathroom light glows with natural honeycomb calcite stone diffusers. The Napa Collection is inspired by nature to bring a... bit of natural beauty into your home. The diffusers are crafted from honeycomb calcite, a gorgeous natural material which is visually stunning. This bathroom wall light features a golden wheat finish. A beautiful look that will enhance your stylish bath. read more

Napa Collection 26" Wide Bathroom Light
James Moder Lighting
$1,159.99
at Lamps Plus

The Estella Collection defines grace and brilliance with this unforgettable vanity light fixture. A curtain of octagon shaped and ...teardrop crystal disguise the ten tactful light bulbs. The wavy form plays with the traditional chandelier design and, in the process, redefines the bath area. Trimmed with hand-cut crystal and Imperial machine cut crystals, this creation is magnificent. read more

Crystal Wave Ten Light Bathroom Light
James Moder Lighting

Redefine your bath area with this stunning, six light crystal wave bathroom light. A curtain of octagon shaped and teardrop crysta...l disguise the six tactfully placed light bulbs. The wavy form plays with the traditional chandelier design and, in the process, redefines the bath area. Trimmed with hand-cut crystal and Imperial machine cut crystals, this creation is magnificent. read more

Crystal Wave Six Light Bathroom Light
Sonneman

Alluringly modern, this satin nickel LED bathroom light delivers ample warm white light to any stylish bath. Three gently curving ...white etched glass shades suggest the roll of the ocean while a four post design, finished in attractive satin nickel, completes the modern look. The epitome of modern lighting design, this chic bathroom light provides bountiful light with three 26 watt LEDs whose light output is comparable to three 150 watt incandescent bulbs. Contemporary and smart, this energy efficient bathroom light is from the Oceana Collection by Sonneman. read more

Sonneman Oceana 44" Wide Satin Nickel LED Bathroom Light
Sonneman

Distinctive and modern, this satin nickel LED bathroom light is a gorgeous accent to the contemporary home. This satin nickel bath...room light features a generous 3-light design that provides abundant light for all of your daily rituals. Three beautiful C-shaped white etched glass shades are highlighted by a modern bracket design finished in satin nickel. Included with this bathroom light are three 16 watt LEDs for energy efficient lighting. A beautiful modern choice, this bathroom light is from the C-Shell Collection by Sonneman. read more

Sonneman C-Shell 16" Wide Satin Nickel LED Bathroom Light
James Moder Lighting

From the Prestige Collection, this eight-light bathroom fixture features Imperial crystal. As part of the Prestige Collection by J...ames R. Moder, this eight-light crystal bathroom fixture features Imperial crystal. read more

James R. Moder Prestige 32" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
LBL Lighting
$630.72 $700.80
at Lamps Plus

A polished chrome finish and opal glass shade provide this wall sconce from LBL Lighting's Lola collection with a distinct look. B...ring 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. read more

LBL Lola 24" Wide Opal Bathroom Light
Sonneman

Sleek and modern, this satin nickel LED bathroom light delivers gorgeous warm white light to any stylish bath. Five beautiful half...-moon shaped white etched glass shades are held in place by a bracket design finished in alluring satin nickel. The pinnacle of modern lighting design, this stylish bathroom light provides bountiful light with five included 26 watt LEDs. Energy efficient and chic, this ADA compliant bathroom light is from the C-Shell Collection by Sonneman. read more

Sonneman C-Shell 27" Wide Satin Nickel LED Bathroom Light
Sonneman

This gorgeous 4-light satin nickel LED bathroom light is energy efficient and beautiful. This striking 4-light LED bath bar light ...fixture is finished in contemporary satin nickel that perfectly offsets the curvaceous appeal of the white etched glass shades. The multi-light design, combined with the included four 5 watt LEDs, delivers ample warm white light that is ideal for your daily rituals. From the energy efficient LEDs to the casual elegance of this bathroom light, its the perfect choice for the modern bath. Fashionable and up-to-date, this bathroom light is from the Aquo Collection by Sonneman. read more

Sonneman Aquo 23 1/2" Wide Satin Nickel LED Bathroom Light
James Moder Lighting
$1,419.91
at Lamps Plus

This glamorous bathroom fixture features a silver finish with Imperial crystal. As part of the Prestige Collection by James R. Mod...er, this 12 light crystal bathroom fixture features a silver finish with Imperial crystal. read more

James R. Moder Prestige 48" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Sonneman

Ideal for the contemporary home, this satin nickel LED bathroom light is a classy addition. Finished in a wonderfully stylish sati...n nickel, this LED bathroom light features five gracefully curved white etched glass shades that contrast perfectly with the crisp lines of the fixture. Five included 5 watt LEDs provide comparable light to a 100 watt incandescent bulb to ensure plentiful light for your daily tasks. An ideal addition to the modern home, this LED bathroom light epitomizes the modern trend toward casual elegance. This beautiful bathroom light is from the Aquo Collection by Sonneman. read more

Sonneman Aquo 29 1/2" Wide Satin Nickel LED Bathroom Light
Sonneman

Clean and crisp lines contrast beautifully with curvaceous allure in this satin nickel LED bathroom light. Modern and enticing, th...is 3-light LED bathroom light is finished in contemporary satin nickel and features three white etched glass shades with graceful curves. This energy efficient bathroom light includes three 5 watt LEDs that provide warm light similar to a 100 watt incandescent bulb for all your grooming tasks. An elegant and chic addition to the modern home, this bathroom light is from the Aquo Collection by Sonneman. read more

Sonneman Aquo 17 1/4" Wide Satin Nickel LED Bathroom Light
Fascinations

The frame of this light is hand forged iron; achieving a handsome, slightly raw aesthetic. This fascinating design from Varaluz li...ves up to its name. The light uses hand-forged metal circles of varying sizes filled with rosettes of recycled bottle... read more

Collection 44" Wide Bathroom Light
Nuvo Lighting

Satin white glass shade Gu24 T3 bulbBulb Included: Yes Bulb Type: Fluorescent Collection: Dupont Energy Star Compliant: Yes Extens...ion: 81 2 Finish: Brushed Nickel Height: 8 Light Direction: Up Down Lighting Max Wattage: 13 Number of Lights: 1 Style: Transitional Suggested Room Fit: Bathroom UL Application: Wall Up or Down UL Classification: Damp Width: 6 read more

Nuvo Lighting 601912 Dupont 1 Light Reversible Bathroom Fixture in Brushed Nickel 601912
Sonneman

This contemporary satin nickel LED bathroom light is a stylish and smart choice for the modern home. Energy efficient and modern, ...this LED bathroom light features a satin nickel finish highlighting two gently curving white etched glass shades. Four posts in each shade give an interesting contemporary look to this bathroom light. Included with the fixture are two 9 watt LEDs with light output similar to two 60 watt incandescent bulbs. A gorgeous modern choice, this bathroom light is from the Oceana Collection by Sonneman. read more

Sonneman Oceana 29" Wide Satin Nickel LED Bathroom Light
Access
$1,080.00
at Lamps Plus

Make a bold statement with the Waterworks Art Light from Access Lighting featuring seven LED-illuminated faucets. Surprise and shi...ne: when you turn on this contemporary wall-mount art light, its seven lustrous chrome faucets fill the surrounding area with pure LED light. Grey back panel. read more

Access Waterworks 59" Wide Chrome LED Bathroom Light
Sonneman

Dramatic and striking, this 4-light satin nickel bathroom light is a gorgeous accent. Four white etched glass shades with gentle c...urves are accented by the crisp lines of the fixture in this satin nickel bathroom light. Included with the bathroom light are four 40 watt Xenon G9 bulbs that provide ample lighting for any grooming task. A casual and attractive addition, this bathroom light is from the Aquo Collection by Sonneman. read more

Sonneman Aquo 23 1/2" Wide Satin Nickel Bathroom Light
Eurofase

Four lights with draped metal chains in three different color tones add intrigue to this chrome finish bathroom light. Add gleamin...g glamour to your home with this contemporary bathroom light. Strands of draping metal chains in three different colors, ranging from tones of silver to black, hang from the sleek chrome finished backplate. From the Wasaga Collection by Eurofase Lighting. read more

Wasaga Collection 30 1/2" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Holtkoetter

This bath light design from Holtkoetter is refined and classic, with modern panache. This three-light bathroom fixture offers grac...eful, Transitional lines and gorgeous materials. A clean rectangular backplate supports a stacked linear bar. Three fixtures glow with vivid halogen light diffused by spectacular Toronado white glass. The perfect choice for your sophisticated bath. A stunning wall lighting design by Holtkoetter. read more

Holtkoetter Toronado Glass 24" Wide Nickel Bathroom Light
Justice Design

Grace your bathroom spaces with this contemporary bath light finished in chrome and featuring six artisan opal glass lights. Illum...inate your bathroom in contemporary style with this chic bathroom light. Finished in chrome with opal artisan glass lights that offer an ambient glow. From the Fusion Collection by Justice Lighting. read more

Justice Fusion 56 1/2" Wide Chrome Bathroom Light
Kalco
$1,148.00
at Lamps Plus

Named for a type of cloud, the Opacus glass chandelier directs the light of five bulbs through curved bubble glass panels for a lo...vely effect. This chandelier has a unique, contemporary look that utilizes glass in an interesting way. Panels of bubble glass are suspended by wires which connect at each end to a simple circular canopy. The fixtures are completed in a satin nickel finish. From the Kalco chandeliers collection. read more

Opacus 5-Light Bubble Glass Chandelier
Crystorama

Add a romantic touch to your bathroom with this flower and vine bathroom light. A lovely touch for vanity or bathroom spaces. This... bathroom light fixture features cut crystal flowers and vines with a Florida Bronze finish frame. A glamorous addition to your bathroom. read more

Crystal Flower Vine 33 1/4" Wide Bathroom Light Fixture
PLC

Illuminate your bath in contemporary style with this great 4-light bathroom fixture. Light up your dream bath with this fixture fe...aturing gorgeous materials and a contemporary take on deco style. This design sparkles with stunning hand-cut Asfour crystal. The subtle frame, which comes in a polished chrome finish, completes the look. Brilliant halogen light shimmers and refracts through the crystal for wonderful light effects. This fabulous contemporary piece is an excellent choice for your stylish home. read more

Deco Crystal and Chrome 36" Wide Bathroom Light Fixture
PLC
Nuvo Lighting

Champagne washed linen shade Medium A19 bulbBulb Included: No Bulb Type: Incandescent Collection: Ballerina Energy Star Compliant:... No Extension: 81 2 Finish: Mahogany Bronze Height: 75 8 Light Direction: Up Down Lighting Max Wattage: 100 Number of Lights: 2 Shade Material: Glass Style: Traditional Suggested Room Fit: Bathroom UL Application: Wall Up or Down UL Classification: Damp Width: 18 read more

Lighting 601264 Ballerina 2 Light Reversible Bathroom Fixture in Mahogany Bronze 601264

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