10 Bathroom Lighting Ideas for an Instant Update
Finding the right bathroom lighting can help make your morning (or anytime) routine more personal.
Bathroom lighting can help style the space and add the functionality you desire. Whether you want an automated experience, bright overhead lighting, dim wall lighting, or something in between, there are so many bathroom lighting ideas to consider. And then there’s style! Do you want contemporary? Traditional? How about edgy? This roundup has something for everyone.
1. Lighted Bathroom Mirror
For inconspicuous bathroom lights that provide the benefits of full lighting or the moodiness of dim lighting, this lighted mirror—a favorite in our researched guide to the best bathroom mirrors—is a great choice for bathroom lighting. The adjustable lighting settings allow for a fully customizable viewing experience, from full brightness down to 20 percent, with three preset options including “warm white” (low), “neutral white light” (medium), or “daylight” (high).
2. Glam Vanity Lights
Add luxe lighting to the bathroom with this vanity lighting option—selected “best overall” in our bathroom vanity lighting guide. The glass lampshades are sure to be a talking point, as they add major glamour to the bathroom. The customizable lights allow you to rotate the lamp heads, so the light can be directed right where it’s needed most.
3. Recessed Shower Lights
This 6-inch recessed light is a great option for minimalist bathroom lighting. The fixture is especially useful for the shower thanks to its waterproof trim that locks against the ceiling. The low-profile design can withstand an occasional water spray and high-humidity conditions of a shower stall—that’s why it was awarded “best for shower/bathroom” in our researched guide to the best recessed lighting for the home.
4. Bathroom Chandelier
With just one item, the bathroom can be transformed into a space of necessity into one of utter luxury. A chandelier in the bathroom is the perfect way to add richness to the room. This top-rated mini chandelier features sparkling acrylic crystals that mimic the look and feel of glass without the worry of breakage.
5. Lighted Exhaust Fan
This bathroom exhaust fan with light—the “best decorative” option in our researched guide to the best bathroom fans—keeps things simple and purposeful in the bathroom. The fan effectively circulates air in the bathroom to reduce humidity levels and odors. This functional light fixture also features a decorative Victorian-style design with a chrome and porcelain frame and white glass dome.
6. Simple Sconce
A simple sconce adds dimension to the wall while offering moody lighting to the room. The Effimero black wall sconce is modern, functional decor ideal for lighting a small space. Purchase two to frame the mirror, or stick with one and install it sideways above the bathroom mirror. It’s a versatile option for bathroom lighting that’s stylish, too.
7. Bathroom Pendant Light
This glass globe pendant light featured in our research guide to the best pendant lights is a stunning option for bathroom lighting ideas. Its clear, bright light fills up a swanky globe that appeals to a variety of styles. It’s minimal, luxurious, and purposeful. Choose between traditional or contemporary, with a frosted, white finish or a clear, translucent glass shade.
8. Rust Proof Recessed Lighting
Avoid moisture ruining bathroom lighting by choosing a rustproof option. This recessed lighting from Globe Electric keeps things minimal by utilizing ceiling space, and ensuring light covers the bathroom. The lighting ensures protection from rust thanks to cans and trim made of aluminum.
9. Farmhouse Fixture
Add rustic elegance to the bathroom for an inviting space that coincides with the style of the rest of your home. This highly rated three-light wall sconce adds modern farmhouse aesthetics to the room with its black matte lampshade and golden rim. The soft, warm glow is ideal for a moody setting.
10. Bathroom Lighting Over Mirror
The 5-star mirrea vanity light is great for offering supreme lighting when getting ready in the morning, or to shine light on your evening routine. If you’re looking for bathroom lighting ideas over a mirror, you’ll appreciate that this 48-inch modern LED vanity produces 3,680 lumens—equivalent to an eight-light vanity fixture! And if you want a dimming option when you’d prefer a soothing atmosphere for a bath, install a compatible TRIAC dimmer switch.