We're adding a bathroom and walk-in closet. The vanity will be 60 inches wide and the mirror probably about 48 inches because space had to be left for power outlets. Would you choose a 48 inch wide light bar or 40 inch? The electrician said it would be great if I could find a 40 inch but I'm thinking more around 48 inch.
Oct 01, 2012, 06:25 PM
Probably can go either way. Is the mirror square? Does it have a frame? If the mirror is ornate, keep the light fixture minimal yet functioning for ease of viewing. When you say "light bar" are you thinking broadway lights w/ exposed bulbs? If so, some consider them dated. Keep in mind that a strip light featuring two or more globes comes in a varity of styles. Some of the strips are curved or scrolly vs. straight. Factor in the amount of light you'll need to have a clear view especially if applying makeup or contacts tho a seperate expanding, magnifying makeup mirror is often teamed w/ a vanity mirror in bathrooms.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Froo Froo,
Oct 01, 2012, 06:47 PM
I don't have the mirror yet but I am planning on a frame around it. The type of light I'm referring to is a decorative vanity light that has the globes or whatever that can turn up or down. I'm concerned that the mirror will not be wide enough though.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Ramblin'Rose,
Oct 01, 2012, 07:29 PM
RR, I found this online but really, I think you could do either one. I would say that it depends on what light you choose too.
"Usually, the mirror is 75% (3/4) the width of the vanity. Then, your light should be 3/4 the size of your mirror. Many people use a 24-inch light with a 36-inch mirror, which is a little smaller than the 75% rule, but still okay."
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Oct 02, 2012, 08:52 AM
If you have two sinks, you might consider two framed mirrors and two lightbars.
Oct 02, 2012, 09:04 AM
If it isn't too late...lights placed on either side of a mirror are much more effective at lighting your face (for all the obvious reasons) than lighting over a mirror, which will cast shadows. Just a thought....
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