An LED mirror makes a great addition to your bathroom, being economical (LED bulbs are around 300% more efficient than fluorescent bulbs and 1000% more efficient than incandescent bulbs), long-lasting (LED lights can last upward of 40 years, even if they’re used almost constantly), environmentally friendly, shock resistant, and last but certainly not least, extremely attractive. Of course, all of these great features depend on you choosing the right option. The right LED bathroom mirror will blend function with aesthetics to gorgeous effect, creating a lovely focal point that will do wonders at giving an upscale look to your room. The wrong one, on the other hand, will have you wishing you’d stuck to a good old-fashioned shaving mirror all along. Without further ado, here’s what to look for in a LED bathroom mirror.
What can a mirror do other than reflect? Store. When you’re working with a smaller space, investing in items that work double duty makes good sense. While LED vanity mirrors are lovely, a LED mirror cabinet or medicine cabinet is both pleasing on the eye and practical on the detail, giving you a convenient spot to stow away all those odds and ends currently cluttering up your surfaces. When it comes to choosing the design, look for one with a body made from hi-grade aluminum (which won’t rust regardless of how damp your bathroom gets), a concealed finger pull edge (prefect for stopping grubby fingerprints spoiling the look of your lovely shiny mirror), and an electrical outlet (ideal for charging toothbrushes, hair clippers, and shavers out-of-sight). As Mirror Guide notes, another nice little feature to look out for is lights on both the inside and outside of the cabinet, which will do wonders for its visual appeal.
If you’re the kind of person that likes long, lazy baths or skin-tingling hot showers, there’s one feature, in particular, you’re not going to want to miss out on – a de-fogger. A de-fogger will make sure you never have to put up with a steamed-up mirror again, providing a clear view regardless of how hot and steamy the bathroom gets.
A Motion Sensor
Why turn your mirror lights on and off yourself when you can get your mirror to do it for you? A motion sensor will automatically detect movement and illuminate your mirror – meaning no more grappling around in the dark trying to find the light switch, and no more racking up huge energy bills when you forget to turn the lights off as you leave.
Don’t assume that an LED mirror is automatically going to be waterproof. Different mirrors come with different waterproof ratings – the higher the number on the rating, the more waterproof the mirror. If you want your mirror to stand up to water and foreign particles, look for one with an IP rating of at least 44.
If you want to take things to the next level in luxe, do as homedit.com suggests and invest in a mirror with different lighting colors. You’ll be able to adjust the color to your mood and the ambiance you want to set – something that, while obviously not crucial to the function of the mirror, makes a very nice little personal touch to have.
Of course, you can add a makeup and shaving mirror to complement your main mirror and get much the same results. But if you want a streamlined aesthetic or simply don’t have too much space to play with, look for a mirror with a magnifier portion – it’ll make putting on your cosmetics or getting ready in the morning that much easier.
Unless you want to give yourself a load of unnecessary hassle and frustration, look for an LED mirror that’s easy to mount. Considering mounting is just a one-time thing, you might think it’s not worth worrying about. But trust us, choose an option that’s a nightmare to hang, and not only will you face a lot of unwanted initial stress, you’ll also risk disaster if you don’t manage to hang it properly and the mirror ends up in bits on the floor.
The Right Size
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a small bathroom demands an equally small mirror. Far from overwhelming a tiny space, a large mirror can actually do wonders at making a petite bathroom feel much more spacious than it actually is. Just make sure that you do as grandmirrors.com suggests and measure the dimensions of the wall on which you intend to hang the mirror before making any investment.
To Frame Or Not To Frame?
LED bathroom mirrors often come without a frame, and the simple, sleek aesthetic that creates is fine and dandy with most people. But don’t feel you’re stuck with a frameless option if you’d prefer a more traditional look – there’s plenty of LED mirrors on the market that come framed, and plenty of choice when it comes to the style and color of those frames. Look carefully, and you’re guaranteed to find an option that suits your tastes.
LED mirrors can last, if not a lifetime, then not far short. Choose a product with premium bulbs and you can expect your bathroom to stay illuminated for at least 40 years (and consume very little electricity in that time, regardless of how long you leave the lights on for). To make sure you don’t have to worry about replacing the mirror prematurely, look for one that’s fitted with premium quality LED bulbs offering around 50,000hrs LED lifespan.
Rectangular mirrors may be the most popular choice of mirror shape in the bathroom, but don’t feel you have to stick to this unless you want to. Depending on the overall style and size of your bathroom, an oval mirror can look the height of chic, providing the same amount of function as a rectangular option but given a very different finished look.