Step By Step Bathroom Lighting Guide

Step By Step Bathroom Lighting Guide

The bathroom is one space that moves from ultra-utility to relaxing retreat all within a day’s time, and the right lighting helps it transition with ease.

To help you accomplish just that, take a gander and choose from :


Looking for some shadow free lighting ? Side lighting is best for minimising shadow . Since this is where you get ready for the day , task lighting is key . We recommend flanking your mirror with sconces at eye–level or mounting a single sconce above it

  • To fully illuminate your face, plan for the equivalent of 75 watts of incandescent lighting on each side . If your mirror is centered above the sink, mount fixtures just a few inches to the left and the right of the mirror , as close to your face as possible.
  • The lightbulb should sit just above eye level . The distance between the console and light fixture is  60 - 65 inches for side lighting.
  • If you possess a long vanity , it’s best to mount an additional sconce in the center , 3/4th of the mirror width with equivalent of 150 watts of incandescent lighting and be long enough to spread light evenly over your face and sink .



As the bathroom increasingly becomes a place to relax and recharge, the lighting requires extra thought. And when it's done right, the payoff is great. After all, this is the room where you start and end your day.


The three priorities for Bathroom Lighting are to deliver overall brightness through general lighting, create functionality with task lighting, and provide a visually appealing space with accent lighting. In order to accomplish this task, you should incorporate these three layers of lighting into your space.

You may need one or several types of light fixtures in a room, depending on the layout, size, aesthetic and space available. Here is a checklist of lighting types to consider for a properly lit bathroom:




Provides lighting for everyday activities

1. Recessed Lighting

Close-to-Ceiling Lighting                   (Flushmounts & Semi-Flushmounts)

Controls & Wall Plates

Focused Illumination for work spaces such as the vanity and mirrors

Bath Bars

Lighted Mirrors

2. Vertical Wall Scones

Controls & Wall Plates

Highlights a specific area creating a focal point or to set a mood

3. Chandeliers

Wall Scones


Dimmers, Controls & Wall Plates



The most common mistake people make is putting recessed ceiling fixtures directly over the mirror. These cast shadows on the face, making daily grooming rituals more difficult.

Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror (36-40 inches apart) are best for casting an even light across the face. The center of each fixture should be roughly at eye level, or about 66 inches above the floor. This will guarantee even illumination across the face for grooming.




Good ambient lighting creates s lovely , indulgent atmosphere when you’re soaking in the tub . Bathroom lights such as pendant lights offer elegance with thin and sleek design .

  • The height of the pendant light can be adjusted before installation , and you may pick  height according to placements of the bathroom pendant light 
  • Lets say for example you’re like to position something over the bathtub. Something that is going to be a little decorative and moody and allow lateral spread .
  • You’re probably going to hang the pendant light over the bath tub by keeping a drop of 2 feet and a feet clearance of 6.2 feet from the floor of bathroom .