Updated: June 8, 2015
Vanity Lighting Reviews:When recently updated our downstairs half bathroom and put in a new vanity, some modern towel hangers, a new mirror and vanity lighting. Updating older bathrooms doesn't have to be that expensive and it's easy to find sinks, lighting fixtures, toilets, and more in stores like Home Depot or Lowe's. We ended up ordering many of our products on the Internet as the selection online is far superior to any retail store. The original vanity light fixtures in the house were the classic brass with 4 lights. Very cheap looking in 2011, although back in 1995 it probably was all the rage. Our half bath is tiny, probably no more than a 4 x 5 room - barely enough space for the toilet, pedestal vanity, and a garbage can. In the process of redoing this bathroom we nearly forgot about the lighting in the room and wound up choosing this last. We knew we wanted brushed nickel but that was about it. Below, I go into details on styling, materials, cost, and features on vanity lighting.
Choosing Vanity Light Fixtures The first thing to consider is the material and finish. Popular choices are chrome, bronze, satin nickel, silver - gold and brass tend to be unwanted these days. Styling - You can get fixtures where the light bulbs face up or down. Some vanity lighting offers 2 lights, 3 lights, up to about 7 lights. The key is picking something that will match your sink faucet, the towel and toilet paper rods, and even your mirror. The good news is that there are literally 1000's to choose from. For some peopel that is too many, but once you determine the color/finish and how many lights you need, the selection dwindles down considerably. Cost - We saw a few that were priced above $200, but the majority are under $150 with many in the $50 range. If the bathroom is just a secondary 1/2 bath that doesn't get used that much, don't waste money on light fixtures. Where to Buy - There are tons of sales for products like this at Home Depot, Walmart, and Lowe's. Check your Sunday paper for the latest deals and head out. You can look in specialty lighting stores for vanity light fixtures, but we didn't find anything that different from the generic retailers. I will say this about vanity lighting, make sure that it is easy to clean. We had the originals in place for 16 years and the dust build up was so bad it was nearly impossible to get it off. Make sure you clean or dust the light fixtures every month or so to keep them clean. You can browse the best selling vanity light fixtures here.
Best Vanity Lighting:RECOMMENDED - When you look at the most popular light fixtures for vanities, the chrome and brushed nickel are amongst the top listings. Modern bathroom decor is going in that direction and the 3 light design gets the most attention. You may want something different for your bathroom, but at least consider the latest designs when updating. No sense in putting in a new light fixture that is already out of style and would need updating if and when you decide to sell the place. Change is good and that is why we decided to start with something small like our downstairs half bathroom. Check out the top rated light fixtures for vanities here. The Westmont Two Light Vanity from Sea Gull Lighting has a brushed nickel finish and satin white glass. For under $35, this light fixture will look great in smaller bathrooms. Need a 3 light fixtures, look at the Nuvo Lighting 60/321 Ballerina Vanity Light with Alabaster Glass for about $50. Some of the Kichler halogen light designs are nice, although you will pay $200 or more for them. The options are endless and the price range goes from budget to luxury.
Vanity Light Installation:The installation of a new light fixture above your vanity is fairly easy. You will be dealing with electricity, but as long as you shut down the power supply via your breaker box, the process is smooth. We have included a basis "how to" video below where you can see and hear the details on changing out a light fixture.
The entire process can take about 15 minutes, but give yourself a little more time if it's your first installation. Use a voltage tester on the wiring to make sure there is no power getting to the wires once you have shut down that switch from your main breaker. It's always a good precautionary move. Once the power is down, remove the old light fixture and the mounting plate (if there was one). Then get out the new fixture and see how it will be mounted to the wall. Sometimes it's best to find wall studs - the fixture will hold better when screwed in this way. I had a local handyman show me how to do this once and now I am practically an expert myself. It's an easy DIY project. Oh, make sure it's level. I made the mistake of thinking I had put in the screws and mounted it properly but realized it was a bit off. Had to redo it since it was slightly off.