Bathroom lighting can be used for general lighting, task lighting, or accent lighting. Proper lighting and can make a big difference in the functionality and ambiance of your bathroom.

Light fixtures for bathrooms are available in a wide range of options, including:

  • Wall Mounted Single Bulb Light Fixtures: Usually placed on either side of the mirror over the vanity to provide even lighting.
  • Wall Mounted Multi-Bulb Light Fixtures: Usually mounted above the vanity mirror, can range from two to eight bulbs.
  • Ceiling Mounted Protruding Light Fixtures: Can be traditional ceiling fixtures or lights incorporated into bathroom vent fans.
  • Recessed Light Fixtures: Recessed lighting can be used for general, task, or accent lighting in a bathroom. To prevent problems with condensation, use enclosed shower trims on recessed bathroom light fixtures.
  • Ceiling Mounted Hanging Light Fixtures: Can range from hanging pendant lights to small chandeliers. Hanging light fixtures can’t be installed within 3’ of a bathtub unless there is at least 8’ of clearance between the top of the tub and bottom of the light fixture.

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Danny Lipford: Many older bathrooms will only have just one light fixture right in the center of the ceiling. And that can be very frustrating. If you’re standing in front of the vanity, you’ll have a bit of a shadow there that can just really not provide you adequate light. So, that’s why having some task lighting really makes a lot of sense, and a wall mounted fixture like this can allow you to put one of these on each side of the mirror to balance that lighting out.

Now, if you have a situation where you just don’t have room for a fixture on either side of that mirror, you can go with some of the multi-bulb fixtures that are available. And it’s just about endless the different styles and finishes they’re available in.

But it’s also still a good idea to have that ambient light in the center of the room, and you don’t have to compromise there. You can have some really good looking fixtures, more contemporary looking, a little more traditional, very easy to upgrade that fixture. But also, have some fun with it, and you can put some decorative fixtures in, like a pendant light.

Now if you have a large enough room, you might even consider a small chandelier. Especially if you have a nice little tub area you want to accent, maybe even putting a dimmer on it. That can really be a very nice look in your bathroom.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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