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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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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

Collection 44" Wide 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
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
Golden Lighting

Give your home a casual Mediterranean look with the Meridian Collection of lighting. Classic Mediterranean style with a casual loo...k, this bathroom fixture features elegant flat scrolling arms for a unique, handcrafted feel. A stylish square shaped antique marbled glass provides a well diffused light, perfect for a vanity or over a mirror. read more

Meridian Collection Three Light Bathroom Wall Light
Golden Lighting

Add this classic Mediterranean style with a casual look to your bathroom or vanity. Classic Mediterranean style with a casual look..., this bathroom fixture features elegant flat scrolling arms for a unique, handcrafted feel. A stylish square shaped antique marbled glass provides a well diffused light, perfect for a vanity or over a mirror. read more

Meridian Collection Two Light Bathroom Wall Light
WAC Lighting

WAC8235 Features Elemental collection Dimming: 100pct 10pct Rated Life: 50,000 Hours ETL wet location listed Finish: Product Type:... Vanity light Fixture Material: Metal Number of Items Included: 2 Shade Included: Yes Bulb Type: LED Dimensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 22 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 5 Pounds read more

Lighting Elemental 22'' Vanity Light
Golden Lighting

The Heartwood Collection provides elegant lighting for everyday living. Featuring simple, clean, organic lines, this two light bat...hroom fixture has a burnt sienna finish created by four layers of color. This piece is versatile in style and easy to match with any home dcor from country to traditional. Tea stone glass shades provide a soft white glow. This fixture would be wonderful in a bathroom or over a vanity. read more

Heartwood Collection Two Light Bathroom Wall Light
Golden Lighting

This beautiful bathroom fixture has a casual Mediterranean appeal. Classic Mediterranean style with a casual look, this bathroom f...ixture features elegant flat scrolling arms for a unique, handcrafted feel. A stylish square shaped antique marbled glass provides a well diffused light, perfect for a vanity or over a mirror. read more

Meridian Collection Four Light Bathroom Wall Light
Golden Lighting

Providing elegant lighting for everyday living, the Heartwood Collection is a great option for your home. Featuring simple, clean,... organic lines, this four light bathroom light has a burnt sienna finish created with four layers of color. This piece is versatile in style and easy to match with any home dcor from country to traditional. Tea stone glass shades provide a soft white glow. This fixture would be wonderful in a bathroom or over a vanity. read more

Heartwood Collection Four Light Bathroom Wall Light
Hinkley Lighting

Contoured etched opal glass diffusers glow warmly on the Brooke bath light. The Brooke Collection is a transitional look that's em...bellished with graceful fretwork-style detailing. The contoured glass shades flow nicely and offer warm illumination. This bathroom wall light features an antique nickel finish and etched opal glass. Glass can be mounted facing up or down. Design by Hinkley Lighting. read more

Brooke Collection 31 1/4" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Hinkley Lighting

A sophisticated, transitional style wall light from Hinkley. The Brooke Collection is a transitional look that's embellished with ...graceful fretwork-style detailing. The contoured glass shades flow nicely and offer warm illumination. This bathroom wall light features an antique nickel finish and etched opal glass. Glass can be mounted facing up or down. Design by Hinkley Lighting. read more

Brooke Collection 24" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Golden Lighting

This elegant three light bathroom wall fixture features a delicately twisted framework. The Pasianno Collection offers distinctive... modern styling with its molded metalwork and multi-step Roan Timber finish. The backplate attaches to structural arms that create a twisted look that continues into the evolution glass shades. The metal frame has been artfully designed to mimic the look of a rustic, hand-crafted and detailed fixture. With beautiful molded art glass that has the appearance of one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass featuring a pearl essence luster that is striking when lit. This three light bathroom fixture will bring the elegance of the Pasianno Collection into your home. read more

Pasianno Roan Timber Finish 27" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Possini Euro Design
$99.95 $129.98
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Add a bright look to bath areas with this LED wall light by Possini Euro Design, which has a total light output comparable to a 50... watt incandescent fixture. This handsome design combines a classic bathroom light profile with energy efficient LED technology. The fixture itself is dimmable, adding versatility to your lighting display. It comes in a satin nickel finish and has twin frosted glass diffusers. From Possini Euro Design. read more

Kenton 24" Wide LED Bathroom Wall Light
James Moder Lighting

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

Prestige 48" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Maxim Lighting

The Silo Collection is an illuminated work of art. The Silo collection makes artful use of thin-profile rectangular tubing with a ...mirror-like polished chrome finish for a clean, contemporary look. A subtle frost on the underside of the two cylindrical glass shades adds softness to the sleek lines, while the bright Xenon lamps are cleverly concealed in the metal ring, casting ample light upwards and downwards without glare. read more

Silo Polished Chrome 4-Light Bathroom Light Fixture
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

Prestige 32" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Hinkley Lighting

The Meridian bathroom light features two-tone faceted glass that's etched on the inside. Smooth lines meet gorgeous materials in t...he Meridian collection of interior lighting. The sleek design will add contemporary class and appeal to your home. This bathroom wall light features a chrome finish and faceted clear inside etched glass. Another stylish design from Hinkley Lighting. read more

Meridian Collection 14" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Golden Lighting

Twin water glass shades blend elegantly with the Russet Bronze arms and backplate of this elegant Loretto bathroom wall light. Fea...turing an organic design inspired by nature, the Loretto collection offers transitional style that works well with many decorating styles. The multi-layer Russet Bronze finish adds an antique look for casual elegance. Each water glass shade is hand-blown with a four step finishing process. Fluid arms create a unique basket shape that is beautifully suited for your bathroom. read more

Loretto Collection 15 1/2" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Hinkley Lighting

Hinkley's Avon Collection of bathroom lighting offers crisp, updated styling. The Avon Collection offers a crisp, modern look in w...all lighting. The lines are clean and confident, and the glass shades taper nicely and offer warm illumination. This bathroom wall light features a brushed nickel finish and etched opal glass. Can be mounted with glass facing up or down. Design by Hinkley Lighting. read more

Avon Collection Nickel 23" Wide Bathroom Wall Light
Maxim Lighting

Brighten up a bathroom vanity in the sleek, modern style of the Silo Collection. The Silo collection makes artful use of thin-prof...ile rectangular tubing with a mirror-like polished chrome finish for a clean, contemporary look. A subtle frost on the underside of the two cylindrical glass shades adds softness to the sleek lines, while the bright Xenon lamps are cleverly concealed in the metal ring, casting ample light upwards and downwards without glare. read more

Silo Polished Chrome 2-Light Bathroom Light Fixture
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