How To Light Your Bathroom Vanity Efficiently

A guide for helping you light your bathroom and vanity for the most optimal morning preparation station.

It's a common saying that you should look good and you'll feel good. Everyone has those mornings when they just roll out of bed and sleep walk to start their day. But most of the time we spend a little while in the morning preparing ourselves for the day to come.

A key part of morning grooming is being able to see yourself while you're getting ready. Sure, I grab clothes out of the closet without looking at them once in a while (yesterday my girlfriend yelled at me because when I met her for lunch I was wearing plaid shorts and a striped shirt, I didn't even realize it!). If I would take the time to look at myself in the mirror once in a while before grabbing my keys and running out the door, maybe I wouldn't embarrass anyone when I'm out in public that day. 

The IES's Light Logic project has put together a guide for helping you light your bathroom and vanity for the most optimal morning preparation station. In their guide, they list several key factors in lighting your vanity, including:

  • Adding Side Illumination
  • Light Overhead
  • Match CRI (color rendering index)


Check out their bathroom lighting guide to learn about how you can set up your early morning routine in one of your most critical spaces in your home for efficient grooming. 

How Is Your Vanity Set Up?

What kind of lighting set up do you have in your bathroom or vanity? Do you have any tricks or tips for preparing for the day quicker? 

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David Harrison August 01, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Where is 'efficiently' addressed? In fact, the linked article only mentions incandescent, the most innefficient bulb which is outlawed in many countries and hopefully will be soon in the US as well. For efficient, high quality light and very long bulb life, LEDs are the way to go.
Todd August 01, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Valid question David, I apologize for not being more clear. My efficiency reference is to making your morning routine more efficient, not making your light bulbs more efficient with electricity. To quote the article, "Good lighting can increase the speed and accuracy of these tasks, while bad lighting can do the opposite." My apologies for the confusion but thank you for bringing up the energy efficiency of LED's versus incandescent bulbs!
Yesenia Cuddy October 18, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Lighting the bathroom vanities is of course an essential thing everyone needs. More than just increasing the beauty of that particular area, it improves the functionality of vanity mirrors http://www.dispenser.com/vanity-mirrors/ .


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