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The Best Vanity Lighting of 2021

The Best Vanity Lighting of 2021

Whether your bathroom is your sanctuary or (with the kids running through) it’s more like Grand Central Station, one thing remains: it needs to be properly lit. Finding the perfect vanity lighting for your bathroom can be a tricky business, as you need to consider both the aesthetics and its more practical requirements.

This article will explain exactly what a vanity light (or ‘vanity light bar’) is, what you need to consider with yours, how to install them and our best vanity light choices of 2021.

What are vanity lights?

Vanity lights are the term given to the lighting fixtures installed above the bathroom vanity area (which usually entails a sink, countertop and the vanity mirror that gives its name). They can also be on either side of the mirror. 

The primary function of the vanity light bars is ‘task lighting’, to help evenly-light your face for your daily self-care regime. As the counter and the mirror are the focal points of your bathroom, they also draw attention to this feature, so choosing the right style, size, shape, and material is often as important as their physical dimensions!

Popular pairings include:

  • A round mirror with a globe-shaped vanity to give a bubbly, geometric look
  • With a long mirror, hanging a few fixtures above balancing the look out.
  • A mixture of fixtures used together for a more modern, eclectic look

Whatever you decide, careful consideration will give you a unique space that reflects you and your tastes.

As ‘task lighting’, vanity lights should not be the rooms only source of light - unless it’s a very compact space- but one (important) component in your overall scheme. Like every other room, the bathroom benefits from a range of lighting: ambient and accent, as well as task, lighting.

Why do I need vanity lights?

Whether you’re renovating your existing fixtures or working with a brand new suite, your vanity lighting is a crucial part of any well-designed bathroom. While some homes (especially older-builds) have only general lighting or no dedicated vanity lights, this is not ideal as the grooming and hygiene tasks you perform there require more delicate illumination than that provided by general lighting. Plus, the bathroom needs to accommodate a host of functions, each with its own particular lighting requirements.

Vanity light styles

The style you choose will largely be down to personal preference (with consideration, of course, to the dimensions of the space you are working with). The choices are endless, but one long fluorescent tube or even a row of bare bulbs is simplest. Should you want something a bit more stylish or different, there are shining chrome options, geometric shapes, ones with a gothic influence and a variety of cut-out designs (if you want to give the room a specific theme).        

Vanity light sizes

Here, again, your considerations are governed by personal taste and the practicality of the space you are working with.

Andra DelMonico, lead interior designer of Trendey, says, “If you’re installing your vanity light over a mirror, the light should be at about 75% of the width of the mirror. This keeps the mirror and the light looking balanced while ensuring there is enough light created for the vanity”. 

Two matching (or separate) fixtures are preferable to one long one if you have a double sink. Bigger mirrors and longer vanities might even require three or four vanity lights. The choice is yours! But do pay attention to their specifications before you make your decision to ensure they will properly fit the requirements of your living space.

Different shapes of vanity light

The shape of your lights is perhaps the best outlet for you to showcase your imagination here! There is a wide range of choices, including:

  • Bars

These are the most popular choice, and with good reason. Usually, a long rectangular shade that encloses several lamps (or LED’s), they give your bathroom an attractive classic aesthetic.

  • Tube

Similar to the bar but with a rounded, more futuristic feel. 

  • Globe

Another contemporary favorite. These enclose the lamp in a clear or frosted globular shade that gives your room a sleek and quirky edge.

  • Cage

These give a more rugged look, another benefit being the open feel they provide the room.

  • Shaded

There is a wide range of choices here, and one thing to note is that fixtures here are better with glass or metal shades, as fabric ones can be problematic in the dampness of the bathroom.

Where should I position my vanity lighting?

While the design is a large part of vanity lightings appeal, you should never lose sight of their primary purpose: task lighting. And so, always bear in mind they should be positioned for optimal illumination of your head and face, removing the threat that shadowing can pose to your grooming activities. More often than not, this means above the mirror. If your mirror is narrow enough, a pair of sconces at the correct height on either side will also allow for an even distribution of the lighting across your face.

What materials are best?

Most vanity lighting is made by three different types of material: ceramic, metal and glass. 

Ceramic are warm and versatile, although it won’t suit all bathroom types. Metal and glass lights have the potential to offer both a modern, shiny appeal and even a hammered antiqued feel. 

How to install a vanity light?

The installation/replacement of a light fixture is actually not too taxing, assuming the wiring is done correctly. The most crucial part is making sure the power to the fixture is turned off! Once that is checked, you need to…

  1. Remove the existing light-bulb and shading

  2. Remove the light from the wall until the wiring is revealed

  3. Disconnect that wiring and put the fixture to one side

  4. Take the mounting plate from the existing light

  5. Attach the new mounting plate to the junction box

  6. Connect the new fixtures to the wiring

  7. Secure the light fixture to the new mounting plate

  8. Turn the power back on and check the light is working correctly.

What are the best vanity lights of 2021? 

Here we have picked out a selection of the best vanity lights from the last year, in a range of sizes, to suit your particular needs. 

1. Fresca Santo 30" Wide x 30" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Santo 30 Wide X 30 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Led

The Fresca Bathroom Mirror is the perfect union of sleek design and modern technology, an illuminated frame of high output LED lighting that shines inside a mirrored trim. It also has a touch switch defogger feature. This mirror measures 30"W x 30"H x 1.25"D and is available in various sizes. It can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 30"W x 30"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Santo series

2. Fresca Santo 24" Wide x 36" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Santo 24 Wide X 36 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Led

This one is similar to the one above but rectangular instead of square: not as wide, but taller. It also has a touch switch defogger feature. It can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 24"W x 36"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Santo series

3. Fresca Santo 24" Wide x 30" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Santo 24 Wide X 30 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Led

This Fresca Bathroom Mirror is also rectangular but not as tall. It has an illuminated frame of high output LED lighting that shines inside a mirrored trim and can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 24"W x 30"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Santo series

4. Fresca Angelo 48" Wide x 36" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ Halo Style LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Angelo 48 Wide X 36 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Halo

This Fresca is the largest option yet. It offers halo style LED lighting around the edges, a dimmable touch switch for surface LED and, of course, a touch switch defogger feature. Again, it can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 48"W x 36"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Angelo series

5. Fresca Angelo 48" Wide x 30" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ Halo Style LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Angelo 48 Wide X 36 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Halo

The Fresca Angelo offers halo style LED lighting around the edges and a dimmable touch switch for surface LED. It also has a touch switch defogger feature. This mirror measures 48"W x 30"H x 1.25"D and is available in various sizes. It can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 48"W x 30"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Angelo series

6. Fresca Angelo 36" Wide x 30" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ Halo Style LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Angelo 36 Wide X 30 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Halo

Again we have halo style LED lighting around the edges here and a dimmable touch switch for surface LED. It also has a touch switch defogger feature. This mirror measures 36"W x 30"H x 1.25"D and can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 36"W x 30"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Angelo series

7. Fresca Angelo 30" Wide x 30" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ Halo Style LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Angelo 30 Wide X 30 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Halo

The Fresca Angelo combines sleek design with modern technology. It offers halo style LED lighting around the edges and a dimmable touch switch for surface LED. It also has a touch switch defogger feature. It can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

      Details:

  • Dimensions: 30"W x 30"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Angelo series

8. Fresca Angelo 24" Wide x 36" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ Halo Style LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Angelo 24 Wide X 36 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Halo

The Fresca Bathroom Mirror is the perfect union of sleek design and modern technology. It offers halo style LED lighting around the edges and a dimmable touch switch for surface LED. It also has a touch switch defogger feature. This mirror measures 24"W x 36"H x 1.25"D and is available in various sizes. It can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 24"W x 36"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Angelo series

9. Fresca Angelo 24" Wide x 30" Tall Bathroom Mirror w/ Halo Style LED Lighting and Defogger

Fresca Angelo 24 Wide X 30 Tall Bathroom Mirror W/ Halo

Lastly, this smaller Fresca Angelo offers halo style LED lighting around the edges, a dimmable touch switch for surface LED and a touch switch defogger feature. Available in various sizes, it can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 24"W x 30"H x 1.25"D
  • Materials: IP44 Rated Frame/Backplate; 5mm Copper Free Silver Mirror
  • Hanging Orientation: Vertical or Horizontal
  • Additional Features: High Output LED Lighting w/ Dimmable Touch Switch For Surface LED, Defogger w/ Touch Switch
  • Mirror Color/Finish: Mirror
  • Pair this with: Any vanity from the Angelo series

 

You can also check our article on Choose the Best Bathroom Vanity for Your Home.

Conclusion

As you can see, there truly is a vanity light bar for every shape and size bathroom mirror. The fun part is having a look to see where your imagination takes you, before watching that vision come to life in front of your very eyes! Luckily, we know just the place to start…

Our best vanity mirrors 2021

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