Sconce lights may not be practical for every bathroom and there are some ugly bar lights out there. So, I’m here with a roundup of the best vanity lights to elevate your bathroom design.
In the last few months, I’ve noticed bar lights.
I have never especially noticed them before.
In fact, whenever I have to specify one, I simply go to my list of three (well I’m slightly exaggerating) that I like and choose one.
Because bar lights have been notoriously ugly my entire design career.
Which is why, when I renovated all three of the bathrooms in my house, I chose sconce lighting with a shade, for all of them. The end.
Sconce lights, especially with linen or frosted shades throw just the right amount of flattering filtered light, at just the right height.
Time to replace the ugly bar light
However, I am aware that it is not a practical solution for every bathroom. What if you just want to change out your Hollywood bar light over the mirror without the fuss of rewiring for sconces?
Isn’t it kind of bizarre how many of these vanity lights were installed in homes all over North America? For YEARS it was really the only option for over the vanity lighting. And big box hardware stores STILL SELL THEM!!??!!
I don’t understand why?? Do they have containers full of them that need to be sold? Surely there are more popular lights that could take up valuable shelf space.
Anyway, then we had a couple of decades of this kind of generic light below. I think I’d rather have the retro Hollywood light.
Then, many of us who go all in on trends, likely installed some kind of industrial farmhouse vanity light like the one shown below in the early aughts.
Rewiring for sconces is not always practical
If you have standard over-the-mirror vanity light wiring, not only do you need to hire an electrician to move the wiring for sconces, you also need to have the sconces chosen at the very beginning of your renovation to determine precisely the height they need to be installed. This also means you should probably have an idea of which decorative mirror you are installing.
And frankly, this level of design planning–with the final details settled before anything begins–is not typical in most builder and DIY situations. Most see lighting as a decision that can be made later, after all the finishes go in.
When actually, and this is a hot tip if you want sconces: the positioning of wiring does need to be decided FIRST.
Or perhaps, you are just doing a small update renovation and moving the wiring is just beyond what you are willing to do at this point.
And again, maybe there just isn’t room for proper sconces, or it’s the shared kids’ bathroom where you’re just not committed to that level of detail. And you may want those lights as far out of reach of little fingers as possible anyway.
A new era in vanity lighting has finally arrived!
Well great news! Until very recently, the world of over-the-vanity lighting was anything from bleak and bland to just plain ugly. But suddenly there is a wide selection of really attractive vanity lighting.
Since the beginning of the modern farmhouse trend, we’ve been seeing a lot of single or double light fixtures installed over a mirror and sink. Like this one below:
However, one light above the mirror (below) is not enough light if that’s the ONLY source of light you have (which is often the case).
Double lights over the mirror do throw a bit more light, especially if you have two fixtures.
But if you need a wider, multi-light fixture that spans a wider vanity and mirror, you now you have some pretty great options beyond the Hollywood bar light. FINALLY!
So since new build and renovation season is coming up very soon in the New Year, I thought I would share some of the best new vanity lights. Any of these would make a lovely update to any bathroom with a less-than-inspiring vanity bar light fixture.
Lighting is one of those details that can make all the difference to the look of your room – taking it from pedestrian to designer. And you should always go for the most style you can afford.
A roundup of the best new vanity lights
Here is my roundup of really stylish vanity lights in double, triple and multiple light configurations. There are some fun modern ones as well as a few with a more traditional styles with shades.
I love being the (light) bearer of good news!
Over to you my lovelies, which one is your favourite?
And did you know that in my renovation eDesign packages I make recommendations for the loveliest decorative lighting for your specific bathrooms and kitchens? Lighting is such an important detail, don’t let it be an afterthought just because you are overwhelmed with all the choices you need to make for your new build or renovation. You can find the packages here.
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