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Bathroom lighting over sink ratio to vanity size?

Posted by nancita (My Page) on
Sat, May 26, 12 at 12:42

Hi all,
Thanks to all of the fantastic help I've received on this forum, I am coming down the home stretch with my two bathrooms.
I will have two vanities, one 48" and the other 30". What size light bar is appropriate for them? There will only be a light in the showers and the overhead sink one.
Thank you all.


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RE: Bathroom lighting over sink ratio to vanity size?

I think in depends in part on how big you mirrors will be. I spent a lot of time trying to answer that question earlier this year. Couldn't find a solid answer other than it should be no longer than the vanity and should look right. Not much help.

We have a 48 inch vanity, 42 in mirror, and 30 inch light bar. If you want a pic from a different angle, just ask.

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To see how much light it makes, can't take it head on or it just washes the lens out
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With the exhaust light on, plenty of light for us!

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RE: Bathroom lighting over sink ratio to vanity size?

Just put one light on either side of the mirror.


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RE: Bathroom lighting over sink ratio to vanity size?

I don't know the "right" answer to your question, but I can tell you that you need at least 180W of light above each mirror for enough illumination to apply makeup - and even that is a little low. My pet peeve is not enough light in a bathroom, hotels are notorious for this. I don't think one light on either side of a mirror is adequate, unless each bulb is 100W and you have 4 of them over a vanity (two mirrors, 4 lights).


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