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Forum topic by artsyfartsy posted 10-05-2015 01:47 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2015 01:47 PM

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My wife would like a new mirror in our bathroom over the vanity. She want’s better lighting so she can put her make-up on. I have an idea I want to use but, I’m not sure on the lighting issue. I’ve thought about putting can lights in the valance over the mirror. Will the lights get too hot in the valance encasement? Should I use low wattage lights such as LED’s? If I do, will the LED’s be sufficient lighting for her? Should I scrap the whole Idea and just get better lighting in the bathroom? Should I have an exterior light fixture instead? I’m not an electrician, so I don’t have an answer to my own question. I need a little guidance.

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#1 posted 10-05-2015 02:31 PM

LEDs and swing away lighted vanity mirrors. Can lights can get too hot unless ya use the low temp bulbs.
If you have a lighting store nearby, visit it with your bride. She’s gonna be the one to please.


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#2 posted 10-07-2015 03:18 AM

I would strongly suggest against getting can lights. They will cast shadows that will probably make it harder for her to do her makeup. I spend lots of time in hotels and hate when I have to shave under can lights.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 11:02 PM

I prefer fixtures that are vertical on both sides of the mirror for shaving because they eliminate shadows. But as Bill suggested talk with SWMBO to see what she wants and go with that.

-- Art

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#4 posted 10-08-2015 11:06 PM

Sorry, duplicate post.

-- Art

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#5 posted 10-09-2015 12:27 AM

Lighting vanity mirrors is very much different than dedicated make-up lighting is stated in earlier posts. As Art stated SWMBO wants if you want to satisfy her. Recessed lighting ie. can lighting will not provide the correct illumination for a vanity mirror. A good 3 or 4 fixture incandescent or LED type fixture with 4000 kelvin lamps above the mirror works well however, this will not be the same as strip lighting around all Four sides of a mirror.

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#6 posted 10-09-2015 01:24 AM

REALLY!!!!!! You ask a brunch of cranky old woodworkers for advice on makeup situations??? I pass.

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#7 posted 10-10-2015 05:15 AM

The smart money is on asking Google “how to light a makeup mirror. Google is pretty smart you know.

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