7 Vanity Lighting Ideas to Brighten Your Bathroom

Lydia Schapiro
Written by Lydia Schapiro
Updated December 17, 2021
A large bathroom with a vanity and the lights attached to the mirror
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Use this inspiration to come up with a bright idea for your vanity lighting

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Your bathroom vanity lighting can spice up even the drabbest of rooms. Whether you’re ready for an entire remodel or just want to change things up a bit, there are several different types of lights you can use to brighten up your powder room. 

Not only can installing new vanity lights improve your bathroom’s lighting, but it may even inspire you to look into all the ways you can spice up the bathroom. 

1. Multiple Light Fixtures

Multiple bulbs on a corner vanity
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If you want to channel your inner diva, think about getting a fixture with multiple bulbs. A vanity light featuring multiple lights can magnify the brightness in your powder room, making the bathroom perfect for getting ready to go out on the town.

2. Side-By-Side Sconces

Another idea is to mount vertical fixtures on the bathroom wall. This will create more light, making the mirror great for doing hair and makeup. This also adds a nice touch to the walls in your bathroom and brightens up the room.

3. Vanity Light Bar

A light bar on a minimalistic vanity
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A light bar can make the brightness in your bathroom even while spicing up the room. 

Vanity light bars are simple fixtures, yet add a splash of sleekness. Usually, a light bar will look like a long, rectangular bar that holds multiple lamps or types of fixtures.

4. Floating Vanity Lights

Floating vanities come in many types of styles and are very customizable. They are good for both small and large powder rooms and can be good for having over your sink.

5. Halogen Lights

A double sink vanity with halogen lights
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Halogen light bulbs are a common alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. One big reason for this is that halogen bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs. 

One thing to note is that halogen bulbs are usually slightly more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but they can last significantly longer. Traditional incandescent light bulbs cost around $1 to $2 per bulb while halogen bulbs typically cost around $5 to $10 per bulb on average, but can reach up to $40 depending on style and model. 

6. Globe Lights

Globe lights are rounded light fixtures that you can mount from the wall or hang from the ceiling. Globe lights can be sleek while also adding some quirk to your powder room, so use them on your vanity. You can get globe lights with exposed bulbs, or clear or opaque shades.

7. Candlestick Sconces

Candlestick sconces can add a unique look to your bathroom, and who knows—maybe they’ll inspire you to do an entire powder room remodel! Note that this decorative addition might not provide ample light, so you may want supplemental lighting in your bathroom as well

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