Bathroom lighting is extremely hard to get right. There are not very many options to choose from (especially in Washington state), and it seems like someone in the industry just really needs to figure it out. The bathroom is where you need task lighting the most, aside from the kitchen. Personal grooming, and small intricate tasks are generally done in the bathroom and these activities require adequate lighting without creating shadows.
Finding the right bathroom/vanity lighting fixture to go in your home can be challenging. The ones that will provide the best light are not always the best looking. There is a reason that almost every “backstage” area where stage performers apply makeup have the same type of vanity lighting. The long bar with multiple bulbs (vanity globes) seems to work the best for illuminating the vanity area well without casting shadows. If this style doesn’t fit your bathroom’s style, choosing other styles is an option, but just know that you will need to invest some time in finding a high quality and well rated bathroom light fixture. If you travel a lot, and are thinking about redoing the lighting in your bathroom, check out the lighting stores in other states or countries that you visit, chances are their selection and quality may be better than what you’ll find around town on the Eastside or even Seattle.
We’ve found that most of the lighting fixtures we install need to be custom ordered from lighting stores that we know produce the highest quality fixtures. Bathroom lighting isn’t something you can just pick out at the local hardware store without doing some research. Investing some time in finding the right fixture to go with your existing decor and your lighting needs will really pay off in the end. Good lighting will help you and your bathroom looking your best!