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Boyette 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.5'' H x 16'' W x 7.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down; Up
  • Wattage: 100Watt
The Boyette Vanity collection with full backplate, top of the glass detail and rimmed glass add substance and style to these beautiful vanity lights and also comes with the Easy Connect Push in connection system giving homeowners freedom to change fixtures with a safe and secure installation.

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Spectre 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8'' H x 28'' W x 10'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 60Watt
The Spectre vanity collection alludes to the simplicity in design of early 20 th century lighting.

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$203.99

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Broadway 8-Light Bath Bar
Product Features
  • Product Type: Bath Bar
  • Overall: 4.25'' H x 60'' W
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Ambient
  • Wattage: 60Watt
Add glamour to your home interiors with the Progress Lighting Broadway 8 Light Bath Bar. Its design features a chrome-finished strip which houses eight bulb holders. Each bulb holder is capable of accommodating a 60W G40 type bulb. You can install this light bracket inside bathrooms and other damp areas. This light bracket is UL and cUL listed, which means that it is safe for residential use. Made from stainless steel, the Broadway 8 Light Bath Bar from Progress Lighting is durable and will...

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$60.66

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Craig 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 7.25'' H x 25'' W
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Ambient
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Add a soft glow to your bathroom when you add this elegant vanity light, the perfect choice for traditional aesthetics. Crisp and classic, this lovely luminary showcases a chromed finish that elegantly contrasts the white satin hue of the shades. The three glass bell shades sit atop of three lights, and the base frame features a simple clean-lined design. Try adding this vanity light to your master suite bathroom to light up your morning and nighttime routines. To complement the classic style...

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$118.99

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Clayton 5-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 10.75'' H x 36.75'' W x 6'' D
  • Bulb Type: Fluorescent; Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Reversible
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Harmony of vintage style fixture, clear glass, and vintage bulb shapes define this family. Clear glass paired with fittings complete the look.

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from $229.99

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Macri 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 6.5'' H x 15'' W x 6.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent; LED
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt

Price

$172.00

List Price $258.00

 

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Limewood 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8'' H x 22.25'' W x 7.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Up
  • Wattage: 60Watt
The Red Barrel Studio® Limewood 3 light vanity light is a stylish way to illuminate your interiors. made with metal, this vanity light enables years of reliable use. it is available in multiple stunning finishes, which you can choose to match your decor. this vanity light has glass shades, which add to its elegant appearance. it accommodates three 60-watt incandescent bulbs and is easy to install. the limewood 3 light vanity light from Red Barrel Studio® is a lovely way to brighten up your...

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90 Degree 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 7.48'' H x 20.12'' W x 7.01'' D
  • Light Direction: Reversible
  • Wattage: 100Watt
  • Fixture Material: Metal
With ultra-modern styling, the 90 Degree collection is a study in minimalism. Geometric forms, squared corners and straight lines create an urban focal point for today's contemporary baths. Complete the look of a perfectly matched bath with an elegant and stylish lighting fixture

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Rickford 1-Light Bath Sconce
Product Features
  • Product Type: Bath Sconce
  • Overall: 12.5'' H x 4.75'' W x 4.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Up
  • Wattage: 60Watt
Simplistic yet imposing, the Wade Logan Rickford 1 Light Bath Bar is an excellent addition to your bathroom. Intricately crafted fixture, cylindrical glass shade, and a circular mount extends the beauty of this vanity light. The vanity light is available in multiple lustrous finishes, which will complement modern settings. The premium quality metal used for the construction of the fixture enables years of functionality. Designed with one mount, the vanity light requires one bulb to irradiate a...

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Cardiff 5-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 7.75'' H x 40.75'' W x 8.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Add a touch of elegance to your home with the Vaxcel Cardiff 5 Light Vanity Light. You can use this gorgeous vanity light to brighten up your bathroom or powder room. It accommodates five 100-watt incandescent bulbs and is easy to install. Designed to perfection, this vanity light is made with premium-quality material and has glass shades. The base of this vanity light has an oil brushed bronze finish, which blends perfectly with a contemporary home set-up. The Cardiff 5 Light Vanity Light from...

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$224.00

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Hackney 6-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8'' H x 48'' W x 7.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Shade Material: Glass

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Morton 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 13'' H x 18'' W x 6.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Enhance the beauty of your bathroom's decor by installing the Charlton Home Morton 3 light bath vanity light. This vanity light has three bell-shaped shades that enhance your bathroom's appeal. The metal crafting makes this lighting fixture durable. Its elegant style helps it blend in with your existing decor. This lighting fixture is available in multiple finishes, so you can choose the one you like. You can easily install it in your home. This vanity light can be cleaned with a dry cloth.

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$89.00

List Price $133.50

 

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Carswell 4-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8'' H x 32'' W x 8'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent; LED
  • Light Direction: Up
  • Wattage: 75Watt
Decorate your bathroom with this sleek and elegant 4 Light Bath Vanity Light. That lends it a unique appearance. The vanity light has an upward light direction, which evenly lights up the ambiance. This 4 Light Bath Vanity Light is made from high quality materials and is available in multiple finishes. The bath vanity light requires four incandescent bulbs. As it is water resistant, the vanity light is easy to maintain. The UL- and cUL- listed bath vanity light is safe to use in damp places.

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$166.99

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Hyde 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.25'' H x 4'' H x 21.38'' W x 7'' W x 7.25'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Reversible
With graceful lines and a subtle fluted glass cap, the Hyde collection speaks to updated traditional décor.

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$41.99

List Price $52.99

 

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Fall River 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.5'' H x 20'' W x 5.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (CFL)
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 60Watt
The Fall River collection combines vintage lighting inspirations with modern finishes and clear glass globes for an appealing industrial look.

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$191.99

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Chilton Palladian Bronze 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8'' H x 25'' W x 7.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (CFL); Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down; Up
  • Wattage: 100Watt
The elegant Chilton 3 Light Vanity Light is an enhancement to any home decor from the rustic to the most modern of homes.

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$165.99

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Apollo 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.5'' H x 23.75'' W x 6.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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$75.99

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Fritsche 4-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 9.5'' H x 28'' W x 7'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Blending industrial design with traditional flair, this four-light vanity light is an excellent option for a transitional ensemble. Featuring a molded steel frame in a brushed finish, this charismatic design includes a square backplate, one straight arm, and pyramid-shaped frosted glass shades. For an inviting bathroom arrangement, start by installing a walnut vanity with a quartz countertop and a white ceramic sink, then mount this lovely light over a molded-framed mirror on the wall above....

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Newbury 3-Light Vanity light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8'' H x 23'' W x 5.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: LED
  • Light Direction: Ambient
  • Wattage: 60Watt
The stunning shades are comprised of tiny metal ringlets and crystals that create an amazing shimmering effect. This stylish series is finished in glossy Polished Chrome and is sure to kick up the wow factor in your home.

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$169.99

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Bruno 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 9.5'' H x 25.25'' W x 7.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (CFL); Incandescent; LED
  • Light Direction: Down; Up

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Allston 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 5'' H x 24.5'' W x 5.25'' D
  • Bulb Type: Xenon
  • Light Direction: Ambient
  • Wattage: 75Watt
Designed with a touch of finesse, the Wade Logan Allston 3 Light Bath Vanity Light will irradiate the bathroom with ambient lighting. The back plate is made using premium quality metal, ensuring lasting functionality. The vanity light includes etched, rectangular, opal glass shades. The fixture is glazed with a rich chrome finish, which is perfect for contemporary settings. The vanity light requires a fluorescent bulb for illumination and has a dimmable feature. The Allston 3 Light Bath Vanity...

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$218.40

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Mod 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 6.75'' H x 24'' W x 7.38'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Reversible
  • Wattage: 60Watt
Giving a nod to the space age with mid-century modern appeal. Mod features a sleek linear frame in a Polished Chrome finish. Clear, spherical glass shades offer the perfect focal point for vintage bulbs or reflector-style globes. This three-light fixture can be used in the bath and vanity works with wide variety of styles.

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$132.00

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Harvey 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 7.5'' H x 20.9'' W x 5.2'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Up
  • Wattage: 60Watt
The contemporary Harvey collection features modern graphic styling in finish. The vanity features a solid back plate accented with square white glass. A dramatic fixture for your bath.

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Vanity 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 7'' H x 14'' W x 8'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 60Watt

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Sinclaire 4-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 9'' H x 25.5'' W x 6'' D
  • Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (CFL); Halogen; Incandescent; LED
  • Light Direction: Down; Up

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Duke 4-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 9.5'' H x 32.5'' W x 7.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Reversible
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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$239.99

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Dolan 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.5'' H x 15.5'' W x 7'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 200Watt
Featuring a seeded glass shade accentuated by hardware, the Dolan Vanity Light offers an elegant pairing of polished beauty and artful craftsmanship.

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$135.90

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2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.25'' H x 14'' W x 6.25'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Make the most of the ''clean'' look in the bath with these brackets. The pure white opal glass is sure to brighten up any bathroom or vanity.

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$52.47

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Folcroft 4-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 7.48'' H x 33.34'' W x 6.65'' D
  • Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (CFL); Incandescent; LED
  • Light Direction: Reversible
This contemporary 4-Light Bath Vanity Light features a chrome finish that will complement many contemporary and modern decors. The opal glass shades add interest, soften the light and complete the look of this attractive design.

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$134.99

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Lancaster 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8'' H x 12.5'' W x 6.25'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down; Up
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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$87.99

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Trevi 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.5'' H x 22'' W x 7.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Reversible
  • Wattage: 75Watt

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$157.99

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Stephine 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.31'' H x 31.18'' W x 10.98'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 60Watt
The Bathroom Vanity Light features a modern design and a galvanized steel finish with metal shades. This vanity can be used for bathroom vanity lighting and offers reliable illumination with an industrial design.

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Woodbridge 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 10'' H x 14'' W x 7.25'' D
  • Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (CFL); Incandescent; LED
  • Light Direction: Reversible

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$118.00

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Richmond 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 10.5'' H x 20.25'' W x 7'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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$111.00

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Rossington 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 13.75'' H x 13'' W
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Up
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Illuminate your dressing area or bathroom with Rossington vanity. Beautiful minimalistic modern design and rich finishes exudes the sophistication that is suited for any dressing space with flair. Bulbs provides superior upward or downward lighting distribution for dressing area's and comes with opal glass to diffuse the light perfectly.

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Bow 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 10'' H x 18'' W x 9.25'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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$172.99

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Back Bay 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 9.5'' H x 16'' W x 7.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent; LED
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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5-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 6.25'' H x 36'' W x 7.25'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Reversible
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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Bentleyville 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 7'' H x 13'' W x 7'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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Brookshire Manor 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 9'' H x 19'' W x 9.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Fluorescent; Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt
The Brookshire Manor family of lights creates a feeling of the old world charm with the use of draped chains and subtle scrolled metal treatment throughout the body of the fixture. The burnished armor finish is a deep bronze base coat with a touch of gold highlighting.

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Sheffels 4-Light Bath Bar
Product Features
  • Product Type: Bath Bar
  • Overall: 9'' H x 24'' W x 4'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Ambient
  • Wattage: 60Watt

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$289.99

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Michael 4-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.75'' H x 33.5'' W x 7.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (CFL); Incandescent; LED
  • Light Direction: Reversible
This modern vanity lighting is the perfect finishing touch for any bathroom. The thin, clean lines of its construction lend it a more delicate and contemporary appearance. Its satin nickel finish is easily matched with a wide variety of color schemes. White frosted glass is the classic choice for any light fixture thanks to its ability to gently soften harsh light.

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$107.99

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Eliza 5-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 5'' H x 35.25'' W x 3.75'' D
  • Bulb Type: Halogen
  • Light Direction: Up
  • Wattage: 50Watt

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$108.99

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Lakeville 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8'' H x 21'' W x 6.25'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down; Up
  • Wattage: 100Watt

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$112.99

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Weatherford 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 10'' H x 18.25'' W x 8.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Trent Austin Design is an extensive assortment of industrial style fixtures. The beauty and character of the collection are in the refined details. This transitional series works well in a variety of settings. Partial shades shield the eyes from possible

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Bedford 2-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 10.125'' H x 12.25'' W x 6.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Fixture Material: Metal

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$72.99

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Gurney 2-Light Glass Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 7.625'' H x 18'' W x 8.5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (CFL); Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down
  • Shade Material: Glass

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Betty-Jo 3-Light Vanity Light
Product Features
  • Product Type: Vanity light
  • Overall: 8.5'' H x 21'' W x 5'' D
  • Bulb Type: Incandescent
  • Light Direction: Down; Up
  • Wattage: 100Watt
Illuminate an Old World or industrial-chic powder room with this distinctive vanity light, featuring 3 glass shades, a reclaimed wood finish, and riveted metal accents.

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$175.99

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Bathrooms often get a bad reputation in the home, but they play a huge part in our everyday lives; it's the first room we go to when we wake up and it's the last one we go to before we sleep. Having a functional, reliable, and practical bathroom is a necessity, but unfortunately, a wild dream for many people. But it doesn't have to be as complicated as it's made out to be. A quick fix to a dull or neglected bathroom is to change up your vanity lighting! Bathroom vanity light fixtures not only set the style and ambiance to your bathroom, but are an important function to it, too. The right vanity light is the difference between leaving the house with toothpaste on your shirt and being able to clearly see how you look!

vanity lighting

This guide will help shed some light on the important factors to consider when shopping for a new vanity light like how to find the right size vanity light, the vanity lighting styles to ponder, a few tidbits about the kelvin color spectrum, and even what to know about the number of lumens in the bulbs you end up choosing. We've also featured 13 vanity lighting makeovers from bloggers who were in the same bathroom lighting predicament as you, to help inspire your renovation journey.

Types of Vanity Lighting

There are three main types of vanity lighting.

horizontal vanity lighting

The horizontal vanity light—installed right above your mirror containing anywhere between two and six bulbs.

bath bar

Bath bar—similar to a horizontal vanity light but can also run vertically on either side of the mirror. Also, known as a vanity light bar.

bath sconce

Bath sconce—a wall sconce with one light or bulb installed to either side of the mirror.


Vanity lights can be installed either pointing upwards or downwards.

up vanity light

An up light has the purpose of illuminating the room. These are great for half baths.

down vanity light

A down light is perfect for focusing your bathroom light on your vanity, which is ideal for applying makeup or grooming. This is also a great type of vanity lighting for master bathrooms.

So, here are two questions for you to think about; what kind of vanity light do you want, and what purpose do you want it to serve? Knowing this, you can begin to narrow down your perfect bathroom light fixture.


Vanity Light Sizing

There's no rule of thumb to follow when it comes to the "right" size light for your vanity. It's all about how big your bathroom is, how many sinks you have, and how much light you need. Let's say you have a 48- inch vanity with one sink in the middle. To provide adequate light, you may want to go with a horizontal vanity light with four bulbs. If you have two sinks with two individual mirrors, you can go with four bath sconces (one for each side of the mirror) or go with a long horizontal bath bar. There are an infinite amount of bathroom light combinations.

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When replacing a wall mounted light in your bathroom, accurate placement is key! Installing your bathroom mirror lighting anywhere between 36 and 48 inches above countertop height supports the best light balance.


Vanity Bulbs

How warm or cool do you want the color of your vanity light to be?

Once you've chosen the style of vanity light, you can begin thinking about the bulbs. The kelvin color spectrum denotes the color of your light. The higher the kelvins in the vanity bulb, the cooler and bluer the light will appear (think LEDs), the lower the kelvins, the more yellow or amber your lights will appear (think night light). It's important to note that different companies will differentiate color temperatures in their own ways, so a 2700K bulb from brand A could appear to be a 3400K bulb from brand B. Take a look at the chart below to get a better understanding of how many kelvins give off a certain color.

kelvin color spectrum

How bright will your vanity bulbs be?

There's a measurement for bulb brightness, called lumens. Similar to how kelvins work, the higher the lumens in your vanity lights, the stronger and brighter the lights will be. How do lumens compare to watts? The more lumens in your bulb, the more electrical power consumption will take place. Remember, you can have two 60 watt bulbs, but they can have completely different brightness!

tip

When shopping for vanity light bulbs, shop by lumens, not by watts. Lumens will tell you the amount of light emitting from that bulb!

tip

If you are sensitive to light, go with a warmer color bulb (less kelvins) that emits less light (lumens).


Now that you know what to consider when shopping online for Wayfair vanity lights, here are some personal tips from bloggers to enlighten you about their vanity lighting makeover process!

Kate from Centsational Girl

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Goodbye 80s builder grade and hello to transitional tranquility! Windowless bathrooms can appear dark and grim when they're not equipped with the proper bathroom lighting. But it's nothing a little bit of Kate's TLC can't handle! Kate transformed this hall bathroom 180 degrees. She chose a soft ivory shade wall light that gives the whole bathroom a refreshing and bright appearance.

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After
kate after

W: How did you know it was time to change up your vanity lighting?

K: This was a top to bottom remodel, so new lighting was essential in the design process.

W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

K: Often, I'll remove an over-the-mirror sconce and hang a freehanging mirror with two sconces. But in this bathroom that wasn't feasible since the mirror may have felt cramped in between two side sconces, so I kept the location of the electrical box intact and opted for a modern rectangular sconce to contrast with the round mirror.

W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

K: I always look for something the perfect scale and shape with a contemporary feel. The 2 light arm sconce was perfect for this space.

W: Were there any challenges you came across when installing your vanity lights?

K: Making sure the tile was installed properly around the box was the biggest challenge, but when I combined a skilled tile installer with a detailed explanation of the new fixture's final look, all went well.

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

K: LED lights are ideal!


Zan from At Home With Zan

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Zan's goal for her family bathroom was to modernize it and make it brighter. What better way to do that than to swap out the outdated 70's vanity bar for four classic sconces in a shiny nickel finish? Modern? Check! The outcome is a cleaner, simpler, and more efficient source of lighting. Zan then took her four sconces and flipped them around making them face up towards the ceiling. Brighter room? Check!

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W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

Z: Style, cost, and function were highly considered factors when we were choosing the vanity lighting. It needed to be clean and modern with a touch of elegance, but still priced reasonably. In addition, the lighting needed to produce the right amount of light and illumination for the entire bathroom, not just the space over the sink. We chose a four-light sconce in a brushed nickel design with frosted shades. It worked out to be just what the space needed. We turned the shades facing upward but they could also be adjusted downward.

W: Were there any challenges you came across when installing your vanity lights?

Z: Installing the vanity lights did not pose any challenges. It really was a very easy install.

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

Z: Choosing light bulbs for vanity lights is a very important step toward having the proper room lighting. Not only should they match the style of the vanity, but they should be able to produce the right amount of light for the space. We were not going for mood lighting. We wanted it to be bright, but without the over-shine. In other words, the bulbs should not have been too bright to cause us to look away when entering the bathroom. Neither should they have been too dull to cause us to strain to see. We chose soft white bulbs as opposed to day light bulbs. There is a huge difference between both. As an example, a 100W day light bulb is much brighter than a 100W soft white bulb. Don't mistake the two. The soft white bulbs we chose produced the right amount of light the bathroom needed without it being too bright. In addition, the frosted shades on the vanity lighting helped to keep the light bright.


Greg and Handan from The Navage Patch

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Inspired by the couple's nationalities, Greg from the States and Handan from Turkey, the couple syndicated their two different cultural styles for their bathroom renovation project. The theme was American nautical and Turkish Mediterranean. Their new bathroom light fixture accentuates the coastal aspect of the project. Greg chose to go from a four-bulb fixture to something slightly smaller, modern, and with a nautical design.

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W: How did you know it was time to change up your vanity lighting?

G&H: When we decided to renovate our guest bathroom, a new vanity light was part and parcel of that project. We changed everything in the room—tiles, toilet, colors, and lighting.

W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

G&H: We were going for a light and airy coastal feel that combined elements of traditional American coastal style with the more earthy Turkish Mediterranean coastal style. The vanity lighting we chose was more of the American style, as it reminds me of a ship's light or a lighthouse light.

W: Were there any challenges you came across when installing your vanity lights?

G&H: No challenges with the vanity lighting. The only challenges were with the re-wiring of the switches and outlets, as I had mislabeled one of the wires when I took everything apart two months ago. Oops.

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

G&H: While we worked on the project, we used one of my bright daylight photography bulbs as a work light, and it really made everything look brilliant in the bathroom. But for every day, real-life use, bright daylight bulbs aren't very cozy, especially at night, so we went with traditional incandescent bulbs. Nothing beats incandescence for warmth and comfort. The bulbs were salvaged from the old vanity, and they are perfect. We swapped in a dimmer switch, and now we can give the bathroom a warm, inviting glow at night.


Melanie from Lost & Found Decor

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Melanie's new bathroom vanity light needed to be stylish for mom, but practical and likeable by her three boys. That's why she went with a simple satin nickel light fixture. This down vanity light brings in a classic and timeless look to a kids bathroom. The satin nickel along with the fluted, frosted glass light shades are a traditional look that can adapt to many bathroom styles time and time again as the kids grow!

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W: How did you know it was time to change up your vanity lighting?

M: When we moved into our home, the light fixtures in all three bathrooms were the standard, builder-grade gold strip lighting that looks like it should be in a 70's Hollywood movie dressing room, but NOT in a modern bathroom! Not only is the strip lighting dated and unattractive, it also is not as bright as we would like and puts off a lot of heat when turned on.

W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

M: For this project I didn't want to pick anything too trendy so that this makeover would be current for long time to come. I love the classic look of satin nickel and how it fits into the craftsman style I was going for in the space, so we found a three light satin nickel fixture that fit the space we had perfectly.

W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

M: The bathroom vanity area is not very large, so we had to make sure we purchased a light with three fixtures or less to fit the width of the space. I also knew I wanted to add trim around the mirror, so we had to make sure the light would fit in between the added mirror trim and ceiling.


Katie from The Rustic Boxwood

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It's hard to believe these before and after pictures are of the same bathroom. Katie took a bold risk when she decided to use outdoor lanterns as her new bathroom lighting, but the outcome is nothing short of phenomenal. Katie bought five outdoor lanterns that evenly stretched out over her two vanity mirrors leaving a breathless vanity light makeover.

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W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

K: Our goal was to create an industrial, farmhouse-styled bathroom within a tight budget, and these new lights were budget-friendly AND had the look we were going for. And I'd like to add that these fixtures are actually meant to be outdoor lanterns, but who says you can't bring them inside?!

W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

K: Having everything "to scale" was definitely important for us. In other words, I think these lights wouldn't have looked right in our bathroom if I only chose one fixture per mirror. So, having five lights over two mirrors makes a much better statement than just two.

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

K: I totally agree! I love as much natural light as possible, but I really love bright lights as well! We chose to install the 9W LED, clear globe lights that put out 650 lumens, and we made sure to add the dimmer switch, which we absolutely LOVE!


Serena from Thrift Diving

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It was important for Serena to incorporate a vanity mirror light that didn't overcrowd the vanity nor make the half bath appear smaller. Fast forward to now and Serena went from no vanity light at all, to a lovely, two socket bathroom light that provides ample lighting! What makes this vanity light so special is that her nine-year-old son picked the gem out himself!

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W: How did you know it was time to change up your vanity lighting?

S: We didn't have sufficient lighting in our half bathroom. Not only did we have just one bulb, but the old, 1970's cover was off, leaving an ugly, exposed bulb.

W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

S: I wanted something modern that would compliment the stencils on the wall. Most big box home improvement stores don't have a huge selection. I knew I wanted black, but we were limited with selection. This one was the most suitable for the modern look I was going for.

W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

S: Since it's a small half bathroom, I didn't want to overwhelm the vanity. A light with two sockets was perfect!

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

S: I go for bright, white-colored lights. The yellow-tinted incandescent bulbs make rooms feel dated. I wanted this bathroom to look clean, fresh, and modern!


Chaney from Mix & Match Design Company

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This makeover is the definition of "small change, big impact." Chaney took her pre-existing bath sconces and flipped them 180 degrees, now casting a downward light instead of an up light. This allows for a more focused light on the vanity. Chaney then exchanged the outdated fluted glass light shades to a modern, frosted glass set. And there you have it! Two small changes and the outcome is a whole new vanity light!

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W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

C: We had a tight budget for this bathroom makeover, so the most cost-effective option was to give the existing vanity lights a simple makeover. By turning them 180 degrees to point down instead of up, and swapping the dated shades for some clean-lined, modern ones, it instantly changed the look for about $15. With those two updates, you would never know that the main part of the fixture remained the same, and now the lights cast a more flattering light when you're using the mirror.

W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

C: The bathroom is pretty tight on space, so the vanity lights needed to be compact. I also didn't want them to compete with the hand-painted wall treatment I created, so a simple design worked really well in this case.

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

C: Bulbs are definitely important. I'm slowly making the switch to all LEDs in my home, and I've found that the magic "warmth" level for me is 2700K to get the same glow of a traditional incandescent. Also, don't be intimidated by the new wattage levels—most bulbs tell you what the incandescent equivalent is right on the box so that you can choose the right brightness for your needs. I went with a 40W equivalent for each of my vanity lights since they're the main source of light in the space, and it's just the right amount of light.


Hayley from Rise & Renovate

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Hayley and her husband took their 2017 New Year's resolution into their own hands by renovating their master bathroom in just five days. They went with a long, horizontal vanity light with five bulbs that stretched across their wide, hand-framed bathroom mirror. The chrome and glass finish of the lights matches their fresh, blue bathroom perfectly!

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W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

H: We wanted lights that were long horizontally to stretch across the huge mirror. We also wanted the lights to hang down over the mirror slightly so that they could reflect off the mirror and make the bathroom even brighter. We were really surprised at how much of a difference that made in the brightness of the bathroom!

W: Were there any challenges you came across when installing your vanity lights?

H: The main challenge we faced when installing the lights was that the hole in the wall where the old light used to be was too large for the new fixture. We used some lightweight spackling to cover up the parts of the hole that weren't covered, then painted over it with the new paint color. The fixture was also pretty heavy, so holding it up while my husband wired it in was a little difficult, but that's just because I'm not as strong!

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

H: Absolutely. I think my husband tried three or four different bulbs in the fixture before we landed on ones we liked. The old lights were way too yellow, which made our new blue color scheme look green. LEDs are a must for us, so we went with 3000k 800lm LED bulbs, which were equivalent to 60W. We also chose the "soft white" color because it just looked bright without looking too blue or too yellow.


Cecilia from Home with Keki

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A pair of George Kovacs Saber bath sconces complimented Cecilia's bathroom makeover perfectly. She chose the clean and modern look of long, vertical sconces. Cecelia's tall mirror wouldn't support overhead horizontal vanity lights, so to keep the light source as close to the face as possible, these wall sconces were the best option here. And we agree!

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W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

C: I wanted to stay away from the overhead vanity lights because I knew I was going to add a very tall built-in mirrored cabinet. With such a tall cabinet, the lighting would be too high, and any girl knows you want that light closer to you when applying makeup. For that reason, I was only looking at wall sconces to go on each side of the vanity.

W: Were there any challenges you came across when installing your vanity lights?

C: I was worried about this because I have an older home and I knew there were no electrical boxes on each side of the vanity. Luckily, since we were replacing the entire built-in cabinet, we had to remove all of the existing drywall. We were able to have a fresh start to install the proper electrical boxes.

W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

C: First and foremost, it had to be unique, not your typical bathroom vanity lights. At the same time, I am a believer to sticking with the style and era of older homes. My house was built in 1929. So I knew that I would honor the time period with basketweave tiling and a pedestal sink (the parts of the bathroom that are too costly to change). I knew I could modernize the space with lighting. That was when I fell for the Saber lights.


Ramona from Fab Everyday

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Nearly everything was perfect in the new home Ramona moved into—well, everything except for her bathroom. But Ramona was already a step ahead with a vision for what her remodeled bathroom would look like: sleek and contemporary. Ramona picked out two sets of modern bathroom lights, each with three bulbs. To customize the lights to her taste, she flipped them upside down so the lights could reflect off the mirror to create an even brighter bathroom.

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W: How did you know it was time to change up your vanity lighting?

R: When we first moved into our home, there were many features I loved, which is why we chose the home in the first place. The master bathroom, on the other hand, was just not our aesthetic. It was mid-90's builder-grade. Luckily, we knew that the features we didn't like (the lighting, the fixtures, the colors of the counter and cabinet) were all things we could change. We took the chance on the house, and immediately set to work to bring the bathroom more into our style.

W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

R: The lighting was a stock strip of round vanity lights. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted at first, but I did know I wanted it to be more sleek and contemporary. I started by searching for "contemporary" and "modern" light fixtures within a certain price range. The choice we ended up making was not something I would have expected at first, but worked out really well! The long, clean lines coordinated with the simple, clean lines for the new faucet fixtures we chose.

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

R: As we need to get ready in this room every morning, including applying my makeup for the day, it was important that the lighting was a bright, natural white. To be more sustainable, and to save on electricity, we also wanted compact fluorescent bulbs.


Janice from Sawdust Sisters

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Janice takes us thrift shopping for her vanity lighting makeover journey. For this creative reno, the light fixture base wasn't even unhinged from the wall, yet it got a total makeover! Janice shows us how easy it is to get a one-of-a-kind farmhouse look without breaking the bank. The exposed Edison bulbs and cage shades complete Janice's industrial, steampunk lighting renovation.

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W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

J: Originally, I was going to buy a new fixture with an industrial farmhouse look. Buying was pricey and required electrical work, which I didn't have the skills to do myself. I liked the original frame but was not happy with the dated bell-shaped enclosures, so I decided to replace them.

W: Were there any challenges you came across when installing your vanity lights?

J: The biggest challenge was painting the fixture. I did not want to remove it from the wall to paint (again, lack of electrical skills) so it was tricky trying to figure out a way to paint it on the spot. But I figured it out, and it turned out great!

W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

J: Once I decided to switch out only the enclosures, my goal was to find something similar in size to the bell-shaped covers. I considered buying new enclosures, but I couldn't find them for less than $6 each, which after adding it up, it was almost as much as buying a new fixture.


Ashley from Bigger Than The Three Of Us

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For under $50, Ashley created her own bathroom vanity light from scratch. For someone who's familiar with electrical wiring, this project is straightforward and fun! But even if you have to consult an electrical professional, Ashley's DIY rustic, brass vanity lighting is a creative take on a small renovation that anyone can achieve.

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W: How did you know it was time to change up your vanity lighting?

A: I wanted a completely different look in my bathroom and from past experiences, I knew that lighting was a way to get a different look on a budget.

W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

A: I needed to work with the same mirror and didn't want to move my electrical box. Both of those things meant I needed to stay with the same scale of light, which limited what I was able to look at.

W: Were there any challenges you came across when installing your vanity lights?

A: When we took out the original light, we realized that there wasn't an electrical box in the wall. So, we had to buy and install a shallow electrical box to get our lighting up to code.

W: Was there a specific sized vanity light you had in mind when you started the project?

A: Not necessarily a specific size but it definitely couldn't hang down. I needed my light to span from left to right instead of going vertical.


Heather from Home to Heather

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Pretty, feminine, and glamorous, Heather's crystal ball bathroom lighting brings a bright aura to her master bath. The horizontal vanity light comes with five light fixtures that stretch out across two vanity mirrors. The wires of each fixture also cast a creative shadow on the walls which adds a fun personality to the bathroom. Even though each light fixture is small, the mirrored background helps bounce light around the room.

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W: How did you know it was time to change up your vanity lighting?

H: We had just moved into this house and I knew the moment we bought it that all the lighting needed updating. It was just all…not us.

W: Take us through your thought process when you were choosing the right vanity lights for your bathroom.

H: I wanted something that would give more light and add a touch of glam. I had these crystal knobs I wanted to use on the cupboard doors and I could just see the whole space glammed up a bit. The one I chose has a mirrored back so it really bounces the light around nicely plus it had small crystals adorning it, too.

W: Were there any challenges you came across when installing your vanity lights?

H: It was pretty easy to install and I did it myself. No issue.

W: The bulbs in a vanity light are nearly as important as the lights themselves! Did you have a particular bulb color or brightness in mind for the finished look?

H: I didn't buy the fixture because of the bulbs but these ones do give off nice, white light. No yellow tinge so that's great.



Just some time and creativity is all it takes to makeover your bathroom vanity lighting. And as some of our bloggers have shown, it doesn't have to be expensive! Switching up light shades or making them yourself can be a lot simpler and more fun than it initially appears. We hope you take these tips into consideration the next time you're shopping for bathroom lighting.

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