Layer Light for Impact
Mix multiple light sources to create a balanced lighting plan. Windows let in natural light, while recessed ceiling lights provide overall brightness. A four-bulb vanity light (#81529) and recessed lights near the sink and shower provide the right amount of illumination.
Add a Sconce
Applying makeup or shaving will surely draw attention to your bathroom lighting needs. Sconce lights (#104801) brighten any in-front-of-the-mirror activities. Install one on each side of the mirror to create a soft glow and prevent harsh lighting on your face.
Vanity lights place light where you need it most and can work alone if necessary. This three-bulb light fixture (#5232) offers task lighting in front of the mirror, while the translucent white shades produce ambient lighting for the rest of the bathroom.
Limit Light Fixtures
There is such a thing as too much light, especially when dealing with vanity lights. In a bathroom with a lot of natural light, choose a three-light fixture (#27219) that illuminates the mirror but doesn’t create a spotlight.
Lighting on a String
High ceilings pull recessed ceiling lighting away from where it’s needed, but pendant light fixtures (#8337) drop light back where it belongs. Pendants come in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles to fit any bathroom’s decorating style.
Awash in Light
Use recessed ceiling lights throughout the room for ambient light. Vanity lights (#35151) above the sink provide task lighting. A dimmer switch will help you keep lights bright when using the sink but soft when taking a relaxing soak in the bathtub.