Chandelier over bathroom sink, placement advice ASAP

zzttNovember 10, 2011

I love to have a small 3 light chandelier in my guest bathroom. However, due to structural issue, cannot put in the center of the bathroom. Instead, I want to install one above the sink and skip two sconces on the side of the mirror.

Will I get shadows by doing so, and have enough task lighting by doing so?

I want to avoid this effect:

There is one recessed can in the lower left close to the toilet. Therefore, the chandelier will be the main light source.

Please help me with the chandelier placement, or if I should skip the idea at all. Thanks in advance.

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What exactly is the structural issue. Does it prevent any light fixture from being used on the ceiling?

A chandelier by itself will likely cast more shadows than a light above the mirror so I think you will be relatively well off with just that fixture. That said with more lighting sources you will reduce the shadows even more.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 1:21PM
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My main concern would be, how well can a person see themselves in the mirror, relative to lighting at the wall above or beside the mirror? Say a guy is trying to shave his neck, is his head throwing a shadow onto it?

Karin L

    Bookmark   November 24, 2011 at 12:17PM
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The answer really depends on where the light source is relative to the object you want lighted. A good surface mount light behind the individual will provide adequate but noit great lighting because some light will be reflected from the mirror onto the face. The optimal solution would be a combination of sconces or over mirror lights in combination light placed behind.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2011 at 2:35PM
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