Bathroom Mirror #1: Bathroom Mirror Lighting Question

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Blog entry by artsyfartsy posted 09-29-2015 03:11 PM 10818 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife would like a new mirror in our bathroom over the vanity. She want’s better lighting so she can put her make-up on. I have an idea I want to use but, I’m not sure on the lighting issue. I’ve thought about putting can lights in the valance over the mirror. Will the lights get too hot in the valance encasement? Should I use low wattage lights such as LED’s? If I do, will the LED’s be sufficient lighting for her? Should I scrap the whole Idea and just get better lighting in the bathroom? Should I have an exterior light fixture instead? I’m not an electrician, so I don’t have an answer to my own question. I need a little guidance.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#1 posted 09-30-2015 03:46 AM

Lots of new innovations in lighting especially with LEDs, low heat and energy. Go to a big box and pick out something she likes. It should be easy to be to get enough light in a bath.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-30-2015 04:10 AM

any can light is fine, but if for some reason it’s insulated make sure you get an IC rated can (insulation contact). Any other fixture is perfectly fine as long as you put a junction box.

We use a lot of the 20$-25$ halo? Led trims. Hardly any problems. Use proper dimmer if considering.

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#3 posted 10-05-2015 12:28 AM

This is a great question for the Design forum. Most people don’t understand how important bathroom mirror lighting is to the female species. If it’s not the right color, you look like a zombie. If it’s not the right angle, the glare is in your eyes or throws your face in shadow.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 01:43 PM

Thanks Skully, I’ll send it to that forum.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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