Light Fixture Hanging Guide - Bathroom

Light Fixture Hanging Guide - Bathroom

Victor Machado

Installing a new light fixture in your bathroom can add a lot of character and ambiance to the space. Not to mention, it can make getting ready in the morning much easier when you have proper lighting. However, figuring out where to hang light fixtures in a bathroom can be a bit tricky, especially if you are not familiar with interior design. In this blog post, we'll discuss where to hang light fixtures in bathrooms to create a comfortable, functional, and stylish space.

Like any interior design tips, these are just suggestions and common installation practices, always use your intuition and best judgement when designing your space. 





Pendant lights are a great option for adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to your bathroom. They come in various styles, sizes, and designs, making them suitable for any bathroom decor. Pendants are perfect for hanging over bathtubs, in corners, or even over a vanity. 

Ideally, the bottom of the pendant light should be around 7 feet above the floor. This will ensure that the fixture is high enough to avoid getting in your way. However, if the pendant is out of the way or in corners, it can hang a little lower.






Sconces are the most popular choice for lighting mirrors and vanities. They are ideal for smaller bathrooms and low ceilings as they take up minimal space while providing ample lighting. 

If your mirror is centered over the sink, installing two sconces, one on either side, or a single sconce above are great options. Depending on the size of the vanity, fixtures mounted both sides of the sink should be about 28” apart or 2-3 inches from either side of the mirror. There should be about 65” from the floor to the bottom of the backplate. When installing a single sconce above the vanity, center it over the mirror and leave about 2-3 inches between the fixture and the mirror. 



Chandeliers are a great option for adding a touch of luxury and elegance. They are perfect over bathtubs and will light up the entire bathroom. 

If you have a freestanding bathtub, consider hanging the chandelier above it to create a focal point. Alternatively, you can hang the chandelier in the center of the bathroom, but ensure that it is centered to avoid any asymmetry. When considering the height, chandeliers should be hung high enough to avoid any unwanted collisions, but low enough to provide ample lighting. Hanging chandeliers 7' from the floor and above usually does the trick.


In conclusion, when it comes to hanging light fixtures in the bathroom, there are a few things to consider, such as the height, placement, and size of the fixtures. By following these tips and guidelines, you can create a functional and aesthetically pleasing bathroom that is sure to impress.


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