Bathroom mirror is a necessary attribute. It can be large so that a person can see himself upright or small. It is often placed above the sink to make hygienic procedures comfortable.
The mirror can be a real highlight of the bathroom interior.
Features of bathroom mirrors
Special conditions of the bathroom, associated with high humidity, temperature changes, the possibility of steam, condensation, dictate their requirements to all furniture and accessories placed in the bathroom. This also applies to mirrors - they can become clouded, undergo a fungus, mold.
Bathroom mirror is a very important element of the interior.
Modern technologies make it possible to protect mirrors from the negative effects of the atmosphere, to make them attractive and functional. In addition, bathroom mirrors are often used not only with lighting, but also with heating, which will protect the mirror from fogging, damage to the amalgam. Illumination of a mirror in a bathroom is an additional source of illumination, a way of zoning of space and a decorative element of design.
The backlight can be a stylish decorative element.
Why do we need lights
The mirror lights in the bathroom have two functions:
Choosing light sources, determine what is more important for you: to create good lighting in a certain bathroom zone or lighting is needed as an element of decor.
Illuminated mirror in a niche looks very stylish
In the first case of sconces, spots will help highlight the washroom, making it easier to shave, apply cosmetics and make-up. In the second, you can restrict the diffused light emanating from behind the mirror - it will create an unusual effect, creating a cozy romantic atmosphere in the room, contributing to relaxation and rest. They can’t light up a room or even a part of it.
Mirror lights decorated with decorative lamps
Types of mirrors in the bathroom with light
In a small bathroom, every centimeter of space is counted, so a mirror is a necessary functional and decorative element of the bathroom.
Wall mirror with light
Wall mirrors are usually placed on the wall in the washbasin area. Illumination of this bathroom area is needed, but there may be several options:
- Wall sconces as a separate light source placed above the mirror or on both sides of it;
- Built-in mirror (top or side) spotlights;
- Mounted spots on the sides, which can be adjusted thanks to the brackets - as a result, it is possible to illuminate a mirror or some part of the bathroom;
- Lamps placed behind the mirror, which illuminate not only the mirrors, but also the adjacent bathroom area.
Sconce in a classic-style bathroom mirror looks very elegant
In the bathroom is often placed functional cabinets, cases or wall cabinets with a mirror door. They may have point sources of light embedded in the eaves. Sometimes the backlight of the mirror door is made with the help of an LED strip - this makes it possible to make it colored, but as an additional light source such tape is not very functional. It has a decorative function.
A wardrobe with mirrored fronts is a great way to store accessories and a mirror.
Important! Illumination allows you to create a unique design of the bathroom, to place accents on certain areas, objects.
Mirrors with lights and heated
Mirrors are often equipped not only with lighting, but also with heating. A thin film of infrared heater located on the back side of the wall mirror will keep it from fogging.
Modern models are equipped with infrared sensors that allow one movement of the hands to turn on the heating and lighting at the same time. Bring your hand to the mirror - the light will turn on, hold up a second time - turn off.
Heated on the mirror prevents misting on the surface
This state-of-the-art technical solution will appeal not only to high-tech adherents - the misted bathroom mirror annoys any household.
Heated mirror can be organically entered into the bathroom with any style direction
Lamp options for fixtures
For high-quality bathroom lighting need lamps with a capacity of at least 300-400 lux. All lamps should be equipped with additional protection - grounding, double insulation. This requires special operating conditions.
The lights on the sides of the mirror look very elegant in the bathroom
The choice of lamps for lamps will be dictated by their purpose.
Fluorescent lamps have high efficiency, give good natural lighting. They are durable and economical - the service life can leave from 3,000 to 20,000 hours. This is their advantage.
The lack of fluorescent lamps is that they flicker, and this leads to rapid eye fatigue. It may take a few seconds for them to flare up, and the flicker stops. Agree, waking in the morning in the bathroom, such flickering will be annoying. When choosing such lamps for the bathroom, additional starter circuits are needed, which is not so simple.
Fluorescent lamps give even illumination, close to the natural
In addition, modern energy-saving lamps are unsafe when broken - there are mercury vapors in them. In the bathroom, they are often installed in sconces to illuminate the mirror.
Be careful when using the fluorescent lamp.
Their choice for the bathroom is justified by the fact that such lamps are not afraid of moisture. They have high luminous efficiency, up to 55 lm / W, surpassing traditional incandescent lamps in this, however, they are inferior to fluorescent and LED lamps.
Halogen lamps have high light output.
They will serve 2-3 times longer than incandescent bulbs, this is also a plus. And the minus is their high brittleness, they should not be touched with bare hands during installation, even a slight shake will make them unusable, so this is not the most popular option for lighting the bathroom mirror.
These lamps are rarely used for installation on mirrors in the bathroom due to their fragility.
The most modern, most popular choice. Such lamps have many advantages:
- High efficiency;
- Durability - up to 50,000 hours of work;
- Minimum power consumption.
LED lamps have the highest light output - up to 150 lm / W, the highest color temperature - up to 10,000 K. They turn on instantly, without irritating the eyes, but with constant use they negatively affect vision, according to ophthalmologists. However, for a mirror in the bathroom LED illumination is the most suitable option.
LED lamps are very effective and are great for illuminating a bathroom mirror.
The minus of such lamps is only one - high, compared to other light sources, the price.
Design features of the mirror illumination
Mount sources of illumination can be external and internal.
Sconce, spotlight - this is an outdoor fixture, their mounting does not cause any questions, they can be installed directly on the wall, above the mirror or illuminated from both sides. Sometimes adjustable spots are attached directly to the mirror or its frame.
Some types of mounted lights can be mounted directly on the surface of the mirror
These lamps have greater functionality. Their purpose is room zoning, although the choice is often dictated by the creation of a specific room design. So, the classic interior or Provence, historical and ethnic styles will complement the sconces of a certain design, because the LEDs, spots here will be inappropriate.
Wall sconces help create a bohemian indoor atmosphere
This type of placement of lamps is the most popular. Often, light sources are mounted on the back of the mirror or its frame. There are several accommodation options:
- Along the perimeter;
- On the sides;
- Top or bottom.
Interior lights mirror looks very impressive
Decorative profiles are attached to the surface from the inside; they are usually golden or silvery. Their function is to hide the cable.
Lamps for interior lighting are usually chosen with frosted glass. It allows you to create the effect of "moon" glow, the most favorable for the eyes and has a great decorative effect.
Frosted glass lamps create a moonlight effect.
LED Strip Light
This option is suitable for both internal and external lighting of the mirror. Its peculiarity is that the flexible ribbon in which small LEDs are embedded is easily placed on any surface. It is often attached around the perimeter or two sides of the wall mirror, along the edge of the mirror box. The ability to choose the color of the ribbon gives plenty of imagination and allows you to create a unique design.
Important! White light visually expands the space, blue and blue lights will add lightness and airiness to the bathroom.
LED strip suitable for mirrors of any shape
LED strip can be used to create modern-style bathroom interiors:
- High tech;
You can use it when creating marine designs, which are often used in the design of the bathroom. An interesting solution is to supplement the backlight of the mirror with LED strip located on the edge of the bath.
Choosing the LED strip, you need to consider the following requirements:
- the tape must have a silicone surface or additional waterproofing;
- The density of the diodes will depend on the purpose of the lighting - choose a ribbon for decorative illumination, where 40-70 diodes are placed on one meter, to create functional lighting, they can be up to 120 per meter.
LED strip mounting
Installation of the tape is not difficult - it is mounted on the desired surface thanks to the self-adhesive layer. It is enough to degrease the surface before gluing and remove the protective film from the tape. Carefully place it, gently press it - and you're done!
For mounting the LED tape you will need a power supply. It should be located near the mirror, so you need to provide for its placement out of sight, while providing access to it. You can make the adjustable brightness of the backlight with the help of a dimmer. In this case, you can even control the LED lighting using the remote control.
Important! Before mounting the tape, be sure to check its tightness.
A necessary accessory for the bathroom is a mirror. It is a part of the interior decor, so it must be not only functional, but also beautiful. Combining the two functions in one allows illumination, and its appearance will be determined by the overall style of the room. And in conservative designs, and in the ultra-modern, you can create that kind of additional lighting, which will be a harmonious conclusion to the styling.