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 it’s 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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WAC Lighting
$159.50

The ultimate lighting element for your modern organic abode, this WAC Lighting Alpa WS72-G946 Wall Sconce features a hand-polished..., hand-turned natural stone shade. The stone and sleek, aluminum base are available in select colors. This wall sconce... read more

WAC Lighting
$199.50

The ultimate lighting element for your modern organic abode, this WAC Lighting Alpa WS72-G946 Wall Sconce features a hand-polished..., hand-turned natural stone shade. The stone and sleek, aluminum base are available in select colors. This wall sconce... read more

Norwell
$162.00

Diffuser: Hexagonal,Finish: Chrome,Light Bulb: (2)75w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Backplate Height: 4.875in - Backplate Width: 5....625in - Height: 8in - Projection: 7.75in - Width: 17in read more

Norwell
$203.00

Diffuser: Hexagonal,Finish: Chrome,Light Bulb: (2)75w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Backplate Height: 4.875in - Backplate Width: 5....625in - Height: 8in - Projection: 7.75in - Width: 17in read more

Kichler Lighting
$99.00 $66.00

Kichler Lighting3 Light bathroom lighting.Bulb Type: A Bulbs Included: No Country of Origin: China Energy Efficient: No Extension:... 8 Finish: Chrome Height: 8 Material: Steel Number of Lights: 3 Socket Type: MED Style: Traditional UL CSA Listed: Yes UL... read more

Livex Lighting
$134.85 $89.90

Features: Hand Blown Satin Opal White Glass Designed to cast light in an upward direction 'Requires (2) Medium (E26) base bulbs (N...ot Included) Specifications: ADA: No Backplate Diameter: 5.5" Bulb Base: Medium (E26) Bulb Included: No Extension: 7.5"... read more

Millennium Lighting
$62.85 $41.90

Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 2 Bulb Base: Medium (E26) Bulb Included: No Watts Per Bulb: 100 Wattage: 200 Height: 8.5" Width: ...14" Extension: 7" Energy Star: No UL Listed: Yes UL Rating: Damp Location read more

Livex Lighting
$299.85 $199.90

Features: Hand Blown Satin Opal White Cylinder Glass Designed to cast a soft ambient light over a wide area Requires (4) 100 watt ...medium (E26) base bulbs (Not Included) Specifications: ADA: No Backplate Height: 5" Backplate Width: 7.25" Bulb Base:... read more

Millennium Lighting
$143.85 $95.90

Features: Designed to cast a soft ambient light over a wide area Sturdy metal mounting assembly cUL / UL listed for Damp Location ...'Requires (3) Medium (E26) base bulbs (Not included) Product Weight: 9 Etched White glass shade Dimensions: Height: 21"... read more

Livex Lighting
$149.97 $99.98

Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 3 Bulb Base: G9 Bulb Type: Halogen Bulb Included: No Watts Per Bulb: 50 Wattage: 150 Height: 5" W...idth: 21" Extension: 4" Backplate Height: 5" Backplate Width: 21" read more

Millennium Lighting
$179.85 $119.90

Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 4 Bulb Base: Medium (E26) Bulb Included: No Watts Per Bulb: 100 Wattage: 400 Height: 9.5" Width: ...33.5" Extension: 8" Energy Star: No UL Listed: Yes UL Rating: Damp Location read more

Livex Lighting
$209.97 $139.98

Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 5 Bulb Base: G9 Bulb Type: Halogen Bulb Included: No Watts Per Bulb: 50 Wattage: 250 Height: 5" W...idth: 35.25" Extension: 3.75" Backplate Height: 5" Backplate Width: 5" read more

Millennium Lighting
$128.85 $85.90

Features: Designed to cast a soft ambient light over a wide area Sturdy metal mounting assembly cUL / UL listed for Damp Location ...Requires (3) Medium (E26) base bulbs (Not included) Etched White glass shade Dimensions: Height: 7.875" Width: 22" Depth:... read more

Elk Lighting
$327.49 $198.00

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Livex Lighting
$199.90

Contemporary appeal radiates from the stylish Livex Lighting Somerville 13665 5 Light Bathroom Vanity Light. Requires five 100-wat...t medium base bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative residential lighting.... read more

Livex Lighting
$379.90

The Livex Lighting Manhattan 15455 5 Light Bathroom Vanity Light makes a welcome addition to your bath with its sleek modern desig...n. Requires five 60-watt candelabra base bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of... read more

Livex Lighting
$219.90

Sleek and smooth, the Livex Lighting Mission 1033 3 Light Bathroom Vanity Light illuminates your bath in style. Requires three 100...-watt medium base bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative residential... read more

Livex Lighting
$179.90

Elegant curves and smooth finish options create the Livex Lighting Somerville 13674 4 Light Bathroom Vanity Light. Requires four 1...00-watt medium base bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative residential... read more

Livex Lighting
$219.90

Sophistication and a smooth finish combines to create the Livex Lighting Westfield 47184 4 Light Bathroom Vanity Light. Requires f...our 60-watt candelabra base bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative... read more

Livex Lighting
$299.90

The Livex Lighting Somerville 13666 6 Light Bathroom Vanity Light illuminates your bath beautifully in contemporary style. Require...s six 100-watt medium base bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative... read more

Livex Lighting
$179.90

Elegant curves and smooth finish options create the Livex Lighting Somerville 13674 4 Light Bathroom Vanity Light. Requires four 1...00-watt medium base bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative residential... read more

Livex Lighting
$129.90

Sleek modern styling creates the Livex Lighting Midtown 50682 2 Light Bathroom Vanity Light. Requires two 60-watt candelabra base ...bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative residential lighting. The company was... read more

Livex Lighting
$89.90

The Livex Lighting Coronado 6102 2 Light Bathroom Vanity Light brings antique appeal to your bath. Requires two 100-watt medium ba...se bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative residential lighting. The company... read more

Volume Lighting
$61.99

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Jeremiah Lighting
$199.00

Finish: English Toffee,Glass: Frosted Amber,Light Bulb: (5)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 10.5in - Projection: 7.5in -... Width: 37in read more

Volume Lighting
$35.99

Contemporary shape with traditional faux alabaster glove to balance it out. Amber globe gives the lighting a warm and soft glow.

Livex Lighting
$180.39 $99.90

Product Features: Finish: Olde Bronze Light Direction: Ambient Lighting Width: 17" Height: 7.5" Genre: Transitional Bulb Type: Com...pact Fluorescent, Incandescent Number of Bulbs: 2 Fully covered under Livex Lighting warranty Location Rating: Indoor Use read more

Volume Lighting
$74.00

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Millennium Lighting
$56.85 $37.90

Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 2 Bulb Base: Medium (E26) Bulb Included: No Watts Per Bulb: 100 Wattage: 200 Height: 8" Width: 12..." Extension: 6.5" Energy Star: No UL Listed: Yes UL Rating: Damp Location read more

Volume Lighting
$79.99

VLML2144 Features Number of lights: 3 Shade material: Glass Shade type: Sepia Wattage: 100 Rated for damp location Finish: Antique... bronze Product Type: Vanity light Style: Contemporary Finish: Antique bronze Fixture Material: Metal Number of Lights: 3... read more

Volume Lighting
$155.75

VLML1659 Features Number of lights: 4 Wattage: 100 Rated for damp location Troy collection Product Type: Vanity light Style: Conte...mporary Fixture Material: Metal Number of Lights: 4 Shade Included: Yes Bulb Type: Incandescent Dimensions Overall Height... read more

Jeremiah Lighting
$147.00

Finish: Burnished Armor,Light Bulb: (3)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 11.5in - Projection: 9in - Width: 21in

Volume Lighting
$61.99 $49.50

VLML1944 Features Number of lights: 3 Wattage: 100 Rated for damp location Marti collection Product Type: Vanity light Style: Trad...itional Fixture Material: Metal Number of Lights: 3 Shade Included: Yes Bulb Type: Incandescent Dimensions Overall Height... read more

Volume Lighting
$35.99 $18.41

VLML1905 Features Number of lights: 1 Shade material: Glass Wattage: 75 Rated for damp location Finish: White Shade color: White P...roduct Type: Flush Mount Style (Old): Contemporary Finish: White Fixture Material: Metal Dimensions Overall Height - Top... read more

Livex Lighting
$96.07 $29.98

Product Features: Finish: Imperial Bronze Light Direction: Ambient Lighting Width: 36" Height: 4.625" Bulb Type: Compact Fluoresce...nt, Incandescent Number of Bulbs: 6 Fully covered under Livex Lighting warranty Location Rating: Indoor Use read more

Volume Lighting
$49.99

VLML1929 Features Number of lights: 5 Wattage: 100 Rated for damp location Product Type: Bath bar Style: Traditional Fixture Mater...ial: Metal Number of Lights: 5 Bulb Type: Incandescent Dimensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.5'' Overall Width -... read more

Millennium Lighting
$53.85 $35.90

Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 2 Bulb Base: Medium (E26) Bulb Included: No Watts Per Bulb: 100 Wattage: 200 Height: 8.5" Width: ...14" Extension: 7" Energy Star: No UL Listed: Yes UL Rating: Damp Location read more

Livex Lighting
$165.34 $89.90

Elegant curves and choice of finish options enhance the Livex Lighting Somerville 13672 2 Light Bathroom Vanity Light. Requires tw...o 100-watt medium base bulbs (not included). About Livex Lighting Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of... read more

Volume Lighting
$66.00 $55.00

VLML1785 Features Number of lights: 5 Wattage: 100 Rated for damp location Marti collection Product Type: Vanity light Style: Cont...emporary Fixture Material: Metal Number of Lights: 5 Shade Included: Yes Bulb Type: Incandescent Dimensions Overall Height... read more

Vaxcel Lighting
$173.00

Finish: Brushed Nickel,Glass: Frosted Opal,Light Bulb: (4)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 9.25in - Projection: 8in - Wi...dth: 31in - Weight: 5.6lbs read more

Livex Lighting
$240.34 $139.90

Embellish your contemporary bathroom décor in style with the amply lit Livex Lighting Somerville 13663 3 Light Bathroom Vanity Lig...ht. Requires three 100-watt medium base bulbs (not included). About Livex Lighting Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and... read more

Livex Lighting
$37.47 $24.98

Product Features: Madison Collection Satin White Glass Suitable for Damp LocationsLamping Technology: Bulb Base - Candelabra (E12)...: The E12 (Edison 12mm), Candelabra Edison Screw (CES), "Candelabra" is a term for the small-based incandescent light... read more

Livex Lighting
$37.47 $24.98

Product Features: Bloomfield Collection Satin White Glass Suitable for Damp LocationsLamping Technology: Bulb Base - Medium (E26):... The E26 (Edison 26mm), Medium Edison Screw, is the standard bulb used in 120-Volt applications in North America. E26 is... read more

Elk Lighting
$447.49 $278.00

Feel like you're in merry old England when you walk into your bathroom and see this Elk Lighting English Pub 671 3 Light Bathroom ...Vanity Light, which boasts a round canopy and your choice of available finish. This vanity light requires three 60-watt... read more

DVI Lighting
$265.00 $217.30

Features: Designed to cast light in a downward direction Requires (4) 100 watt Medium (E26) base bulb (Not Included) Lamping Techn...ology: Bulb Base - Medium (E26): The E26 (Edison 26mm), Medium Edison Screw, is the standard bulb used in 120-Volt... read more

Livex Lighting
$240.34 $139.90

Embellish your contemporary bathroom décor in style with the amply lit Livex Lighting Somerville 13663 3 Light Bathroom Vanity Lig...ht. Requires three 100-watt medium base bulbs (not included). About Livex Lighting Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and... read more

Volume Lighting
$117.60 $97.75

VLML2101 Features Number of lights: 2 Wattage: 100 Rated for damp location Sussex collection Product Type: Vanity light Style: Mod...ern Finish: Brushed nickel Fixture Material: Metal Number of Lights: 2 Shade Included: Yes Bulb Type: Incandescent... read more

Livex Lighting
$285.34 $169.90

Accent your bath with elegant antique appeal with the bronzed finished Livex Lighting Coronado 6104 4 Light Bathroom Vanity Light.... Requires four 100-watt medium base bulbs (not included). Livex Lighting Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor... read more

Progress Lighting
$356.70 $214.02

Progress Lighting P2077 Revive Bathroom Fixture Refreshing and fashionable, the Revive collection offers a new twist on traditiona...l Colonial styling. A stylish accent is created as petite fluted glass complements an elegantly exaggerated arm. Etched... read more

Progress Lighting
$255.15 $113.49

Features: Frosted Shades Soften the Glow of Light and Create a Relaxing Effect Fixture Sends Illumination in an Upward DirectionSp...ecifications: Number of Bulbs: 3 Bulb Base: Candelabra (E12) Bulb Included: No Watts Per Bulb: 60 Wattage: 180 Voltage:... read more

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