Bathroom Lights Buying Guide

Freshen up your bathroom with new lights! Whether you want a simple vanity light upgrade or to makeover all your bathroom light fixtures, find out exactly what you need with our buying guide.

Kick Off Your Morning Routine Right!

It's important to choose the right light fixtures for your bathroom. At Lowe's we can help! Visit us in-store and speak to a Light Specialist today to find the right size, type, and finish for your bathroom lights. We also offer a huge selection of bathroom vanity lighting online.

Type of Bathroom Light Fixture

Vanity Lights

Vanity lighting comes in a variety of styles and sizes. Vanity lighting is often Installed above the mirror and is the main source of light in the bathroom. They can range from two-light to eight-lights and are usually mounted with the lights pointing down. 


Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are commonly placed beside mirrors above the sink, creating a great source of ambient light. When doubled with vanity lights, they can provide ample illumination for morning tasks like applying makeup or shaving.


Bathroom Bar Lights

A compact version of vanity lights, the bar light provides a mix of ambient and task lighting. They come in multiple sizes including a single bar of light to a row of 8 light bulbs.


Bathroom Light Fixtures Styles


Modern light fixtures have chrome or matte finishes with sleek and clean lines in vanity lighting and wall sconces. 


Transitional lights are the perfect combination of contemporary and traditional. This is the best style of lighting if you have multiple textures, styles, and themes in your bathroom. 


These fixtures will complete the industrial look of your bathroom. Industrial fixtures lean on the vintage style and usually feature Edison bulbs and an exposed pipe and wire look. 

LED Mirrors

Get even more light with an LED mirror! These mirrors come with a built-in lights installed around the frame of the mirror and are available in different shapes and sizes. 

UL Rated Light Fixtures

Splashes happen! That’s why it’s important to look for the UL rating, which determines if the fixture is suitable for wet locations, when shopping for bathroom lights. 

Bathroom Light Tips

Bathroom Lighting Installation

Measure for Size: Vanity lights should never be wider than the mirror. Aim for a fixture that is ¾ of the width of your mirror. 

Frame the Mirror: Mount the lights slightly above eye level so that you can see what you’re doing without the light getting in your eyes. Install the fixtures above or beside the mirror for the best task light. 

Finding the Best Bulb

  • Try to mimic natural light with white light bulbs or ones with a colour temperature between 2700K and 3000K.
  • LED lights can help you save up to 90 percent on your energy bill compared to incandescent bulbs.
  • Common light bulb shapes for bathroom lighting include A-line, globe, and candelabra. 

 Bathroom Light Fixture Finishes

  • Chrome
  • Nickel
  • Bronze
  • Steel
  • Silver 
  • Black
  • Brass 

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