Mirror lighting: 60+ interior designs and elegant DIY options

A massive-framed mirror with amazing lamps on the sides will become a real decoration of the hallway

A massive-framed mirror with amazing lamps on the sides will become a real decoration of the hallway

The mirror attracts a lot of attention in any interior. It is necessary for morning procedures in the bathroom, it is always looked into before leaving the house. The mirror is able to visually expand the space, make it more interesting and deeper. In order for all of these tasks to be performed well, in many cases additional lighting is required. The options for its arrangement are numerous, and they are available for do-it-yourself implementation.!

A mirror for a woman is an indispensable attribute

A mirror for a woman is an indispensable attribute

How to light up a mirror?

There are many options for arranging the backlight, among the most common:

  1. Wall sconces. They are hung on the sides of the mirror to provide even illumination. A similar method is convenient for small square or rectangular models. If the canvas is large, then the light simply will not reach the central part..

    The wall sconce will create a romantic mood

    Wall sconces create a romantic mood

  2. Built-in elements. They cut directly into the reflective canvas and are covered with frosted glass. Due to this, it is possible to achieve high-quality light diffusion, the lamps do not hit the eyes.

    Unusual design of a rectangular bathroom mirror

    Unusual design of a rectangular bathroom mirror

  3. Special lamps. They are most often hung at the top of the mirror. They have a swivel shade, due to which it is possible to change the direction of light. This is very convenient, because you can better see this or that part of your display..

    Additional or main light source with convenient swivel mechanism

    Additional or main light source with convenient swivel mechanism

  4. LED lights. Perhaps the most convenient and affordable option. It can be decorative or functional. In the first and in the second case, an LED strip of different power is used..

    Soft light hidden behind the mirror

    Soft light hidden behind the mirror

Important! When choosing a lighting fixture for a bathroom, you should pay attention to the degree of protection from moisture. This parameter is indicated by the IP index. The moisture resistance for the bathroom must be at least 6.

For the corridor

If you need to illuminate the mirror that is located in the corridor, you don’t really need to invent anything: the best solution is wall sconces. The installation of these lighting fixtures is carried out according to the standard scheme..

This number of sconces is quite enough to illuminate the mirror in the hallway.

This number of sconces is enough to illuminate the mirror in the hallway.

As for their location, it is quite acceptable option – on the sides or on top. Depends on how much space there is on each side.

On a note! If the first method is chosen, it is important that the sconces are the same and placed symmetrically..

Procedure:
  1.  Turn off the machines on the dashboard.
  2.  Stretch the wires if they are not there. Before starting work, check where is the phase and where is zero.
  3.  Draw conclusions for fixing each lighting fixture.
  4.  Mark their location on the wall.
  5.  Hang the sconce and connect to de-energized wires.
  6.  Screw in the bulbs.
  7.  Turn on the machines on the dashboard.
  8.  Check functionality.
  9.  Enjoy.

Important! If you do not have the skills to work with electrical wiring, it is better not to carry out self-installation, but contact an electrician for this. 

Play of light in mirrored surfaces and sconces

Play of light in mirrored surfaces and sconces

Makeup mirror

The make-up mirror lighting option has its own characteristics. To keep the makeup process simple, it is important to achieve uniform lighting from all directions. With the help of a sconce, this effect cannot be achieved..

Professional makeup application requires professional light

Professional makeup application requires professional light

Important! For illumination, you will need to redo the frame or do it if it is not in the mirror yet.

For work you will need:
  1.  Platbands or frame, if any.
  2.  Corners for fixing the frame, PVA glue.
  3.  Lamp holders. A 40 x 60 cm mirror will require 12 rounds: 5 on the sides and 2 on top.
  4.  Lamps.
  5.  Cable with the required cross-section.
  6.  Button to turn on.
Procedure:
  • Make a frame by cutting off the platbands at the desired angle.
  • Fasten it with glue and corners on the back.

  • Paint in the desired color, it is better to use a stain.

  • Drill holes for the chuck in the frame. The distance between them must be the same..
  • Insert cartridges and fix them.

  • The cartridges are connected in parallel, you need to draw a conclusion for the plug. Convenient if you equip the backlight with a push button switch.

Ready-made version, made by hand

Ready-made version, made by hand

Important! You can use any lamps, it is better, of course, LED – they do not heat up, and applying makeup will not literally be hot. But buying 12 lamps at once is a little expensive, so often such mirrors are made with incandescent lamps..

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LED lights

This lighting option has an original look, the lighting elements do not heat up, due to which it is comfortable to carry out any procedures in front of the mirror. The process of equipping the canvas with LED lighting is as follows:

  1. Selection of LED strip. Since the lighting will be located behind the mirror, you should select a tape with powerful diodes.

    The power of such a tape is enough for lighting

    The power of such a tape is enough for lighting

  2. Its installation is carried out by gluing to the back of a reflective surface or using special aluminum profiles.

    Aluminum LED profile

    Aluminum LED profile

  3. Fastening the tape at the selected location. If the adhesive method is chosen, then the surface is pre-degreased..
  4. Lighting element connection. Most tapes operate from 12V, so you will need to purchase a special power supply. The place for its installation should also be provided..

This light is ideal for lighting bathrooms.

This light is ideal for lighting bathrooms.

On a note! The ribbon can be not only white, but also multicolored (RGB). In this case, it also needs a remote controller, which will help you adjust the glow according to your needs..

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In order for the light to be uniform, the diodes must be placed around the perimeter of the mirror. Even if it is large, this method is easy to implement and affordable..

LEDs are a great and modern option for mirror frames

LEDs are a great modern option for mirror framing

Output

Mirror lighting in any room is not a problem. There are many options for highlighting it, and you need to choose based on the purposes of its use and your financial capabilities..