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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Millennium
$56.85 $37.90

Millennium Lighting 332 2 Light Bathroom Light

Glomar
$15.79

1 Light - 7- Vanity - w/Diamond U Channel Glass Fixture Type: Vanity & WallUL Application: WallUL Classification: DryStyle: Tr...aditionalFinish: WhiteShade: Diamond U ChannelShade Material: Glass Number of Lights: 1Bulb Included: NOBulb Shape: A19Bulb... read more

Millennium Lighting
$39.90

Features: UL Listed for damp locations Bulbs NOT included - See electrical specifications for required lamping Dimensions: Height:... 7.5" Width: 7" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Extension: 4" (measured from... read more

Hinkley Lighting
$269.00

For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information. Au...thorized Online Retailer - Full Warranty 5 Star Customer Service Team Product Features: Finish: Chrome Light Direction:... read more

Elk Lighting
$345.49 $168.00

Vanity collection with a variety of glass colors in aged bronze, satin nickel and polished chrome.

Millennium
$56.85 $37.90

Millennium Lighting 332 2 Light Bathroom Light

Kichler Lighting
$97.50 $65.00

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

Jeremiah Lighting
$149.00

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

Vaxcel Lighting
$148.00

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

Sea Gull Lighting
$195.00

5 Light Gladstone Bathroom Light Stepping away from a more traditional styling, the Gladstone collection is all about todays trans...itional, comfortable lifestyles. A perfect example of where less is more--where controlled design allows the understated... read more

Jeremiah Lighting
$129.00

Finish: Satin Nickel,Glass: White Faux Alabaster,Light Bulb: (4)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 10in - Projection: 7in ...- Width: 28in read more

Sea Gull Lighting
$183.00

4 Light Wheaton Bathroom Light Inspired by the refined movement and interconnecting of a dance--Wheaton offers a delightful transi...tional appeal to complement many tastes in décor. Supplied with 6.5” of wire. Backplate: 5½” Height x 31-5/8” Width x... read more

Kichler Lighting
$66.00

Camerena 2-Light Bathroom Light. White Scavo glass and Light Umber inside tint. Finish: Olde Bronze Diffuser: White Scavo Light Bu...lb: (2)100w A19 Med F Incand Dimensions: Backplate Height: 4.5in - Backplate Width: 18in - Height: 9in - Projection:... read more

Kichler Lighting
$198.00

Finish: Brushed Nickel,Diffuser: Opal Etched,Light Bulb: (3)60w T4 G9 120v Halogen, Dimensions: Height: 5in - Projection: 5.5in - ...Width: 21in - 2.5 Height from center of wall opening read more

Kichler Lighting
$192.00

Utilizing a classic single bar design with square lanterns featuring our Brushed Nickel finish and Satin-etched case opal glass th...is 3-light bath bar proves elegance can be easy to attain. Can be installed with the glass shades up or down to suit your... read more

Kichler Lighting
$76.00

Finish: Brushed Nickel,Light Bulb: (2)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Backplate Height: 5in - Backplate Width: 9in - Height: 8i...n - Height from Center of Wall Opening: 5.5in - Projection: 7in - Width: 16in - Weight: 2.5lbs read more

Jeremiah Lighting
$269.00

The Englewood family features an elegant hand crafted metal frame with double scrolling throughout the body of each fixture. Clear... crystal drop accents. Finish is a graceful blend of light bronze tone with gold accenting. The Englewood is all about... read more

Kichler Lighting
$143.00

Finish: Brushed Nickel,Diffuser: Opal Etched,Light Bulb: (2)60w T4 G9 120v Halogen, Dimensions: Height: 5in - Projection: 5.5in - ...Width: 14in - 2.5 Height from center of wall opening read more

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

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

WAC Lighting
$159.50

Update your home with the WAC Lighting Sonoma WS-6320 Bathroom Bathroom Vanity Light. This beautiful wall-mounted light fixture fe...atures stunning hand-laid natural shell tiles and etched opal glass, plus chrome details and a sleek design. One 13.5-Watt... read more

Eurofase Lighting
$124.00

Eurofase Lighting 28023 Features: Includes frosted acrylic shade Designed to cast a soft ambient light over a wide area ETL and CU...L Rated for Damp Locations Eurofase Lighting 28023 Specifications: Height: 5.25 Width: 5.25in Extension: 3in Bulb Type:... read more

Volume Lighting
$74.00

Product Features: Finish: Vintage Bronze with Gold Light Direction: Up Lighting Width: 6in Height: 9.75in Bulb Type: Compact Fluor...escent, Incandescent Number of Bulbs: 1 Fully covered under Volume Lighting warranty Location Rating: Indoor Use Color:... read more

DVI Lighting
$422.50 $346.45

Features: Designed to cast light in an upward direction Capable of being dimmed - allowing you to set your desired illumination le...vels when used with dimmable bulbs Requires (4) 75 watt G9 base bulb (Not Included) Lamping Technology: Bulb Base - G9: A... read more

Jeremiah
$99.00

The Gatewick family of lighting offers transitional styling in an affordable price range. The square tubular arms are uniquely han...d crafted and shaped to form a look that has broad appeal to todays style conscious homeowners. The hand painted glass... 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: Contemporary Finish: White Fixture Material: Metal Dimensions Overall Height - Top to... read more

Volume Lighting
$32.99

VLML1976 Features Number of lights: 1 Shade material: Alabaster glass Wattage: 100 Rated for damp location Barcelona collection Pr...oduct Type: Armed Sconces Style: Contemporary Fixture Material: Metal Dimensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 8''... read more

Vaxcel Lighting
$131.00

Finish: Noble Bronze,Glass: Smoky Opal,Light Bulb: (3)60w B10 Cand F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 8in - Projection: 7.5in - Width: ...22.25in - Weight: 4.19lbs read more

Progress Lighting
$128.00

Finish: Polished Chrome,Glass: Etched,Light Bulb: (4)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 8in - Projection: 9in - Width: 37....5in read more

Whitfield Lighting
$102.00

Finish: Satin Steel,Glass: Acid Wash,Light Bulb: (4)60w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 8in - Projection: 10in - Width: 36in... read more

Livex Lighting
$53.90

Product Features: Finish: Polished Brass Light Direction: Up Lighting Width: 6.25" Height: 7.5" Genre: Traditional Bulb Type: Comp...act Fluorescent, Incandescent Number of Bulbs: 1 Fully covered under Livex Lighting warranty Location Rating: Indoor Use read more

Vaxcel Lighting
$190.00

Finish: Brushed Nickel,Glass: Frosted Opal,Light Bulb: (4)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 11.5in - Projection: 8in - Wi...dth: 29.5in - Weight: 7.72lbs read more

Progress Lighting
$243.00

Finish: Venetian Bronze,Diffuser: Opal,Light Bulb: (4)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Centers: 3.88in - Height: 8.5in - Project...ion: 7.25in - Width: 32.5in read more

Progress Lighting
$77.00

Finish: Polished Chrome,Glass: Etched,Light Bulb: (2)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Backplate Depth: 1.125in - Backplate Heigh...t: 4.75in - Backplate Width: 7in - Height: 8.125in - Height from Center of Wall Opening: 5.75in - Projection: 7.375in -... read more

Progress Lighting
$267.00

Finish: Polished Chrome,Light Bulb: (4)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 9in - Length: 34.5in - Projection: 6.75in

Jeremiah Lighting
$79.00

Finish: Old Bronze,Glass: Amber Toned,Light Bulb: (1)60w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 6.5in - Width: 13in

Kichler Lighting
$184.00

Finish: Olde Bronze,Diffuser: Umber Etched,Light Bulb: (4)18w Spiral GU24 CFL, Dimensions: Height: 8.63in - Width: 32in

Volume Lighting
$56.00

Finish: Brushed Nickel,Glass: Alabaster,Light Bulb: (2)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 8in - Projection: 9in - Width: 1...4in read more

Jeremiah
$199.00

Mia 4-Light Vanity Voltage: 120V Collection: Mia Dimensions: Width: 35.5in - Projection: 9in Product will ship via: UPS/Fedex Grou...ndFinish: Aged Bronze/Vintage Madera,Glass: Tea-Stained,Light Bulb: (4)60w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Projection: 9in -... read more

Kichler Lighting
$69.00

Finish: Olde Bronze,Diffuser: Umber Etched,Light Bulb: (3)100w G25 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 9in - Projection: 9in - Width...: 25in read more

Kichler Lighting
$247.00

Finish: Olde Bronze,Diffuser: Light Umber Inside-Etched,Light Bulb: (3)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Backplate Height: 8in - ...Backplate Width: 4.5in - Height: 6.5in - Projection: 7in - Width: 19.5in read more

Volume Lighting
$38.00

Finish: Polished Brass,Glass: Clear Ribbed,Light Bulb: (3)100w A19 Med C Incand, Dimensions: Height: 8.25in - Projection: 7.75in -... Width: 17in read more

Kichler Lighting
$124.00

Finish: Olde Bronze,Diffuser: Umber Etched,Light Bulb: (4)100w A19 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 9in - Length: 32in - Projecti...on: 9in read more

Kichler Lighting
$34.00

Finish: Chrome,Light Bulb: (6)60w G25 Med F Incand, Dimensions: Height: 5in - Projection: 6in - Width: 36in

Dainolite
$32.00

Two Light Wall Sconce The Frosted Glass Vanity and Sconce series offers a clean, shapely contemporary look for most modern bathroo...m settings. Bent white frosted glass with polished chrome backplate will highlight your vanitys total dcor. White frosted... read more

Jeremiah
$45.00

Finish: Brushed Nickel,Light Bulb: (6)100w G25 Med C Incand, Dimensions: Projection: 2.5in - Width: 36in

Millennium Lighting
$105.90

Features: UL Listed for damp locations Bulbs NOT included - See electrical specifications for required lamping Dimensions: Height:... 10(measured from ceiling to bottom most point of fixture) Width: 24in Extension: 7in(measured from mounting surface to... read more

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