Lighted Mirrors Review
Why Buy a Lighted Mirror?
While women have been applying makeup for a long time, in the 1950s they started to enjoy the convenience of lighted makeup mirrors. Whether wall-mounted or on a countertop, they provided additional lighting in any dim room. Today, makeup mirrors serve the same basic purpose but do a better job of mimicking natural daylight, so you know exactly how much and what color of makeup to apply.
Lighted makeup mirrors can also improve your accuracy performing tasks like tweezing your eyebrows or giving yourself a facial. There are a variety of options available with different levels of portability; for example, battery-powered mirrors can be taken with you on the go. You can also find dual sided mirrors, which provide additional magnification. The Jerdon 5X Wall-Mounted Lighted Mirror, Conair's Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror and the Floxite Daylight mirror are a few options, each with slightly different features.
Lighted Mirrors: What to Look For
Depending on the lighting in your bathroom and how much counter space you have, there are a variety of lighted mirrors for you to consider. You may want one that sits on a counter or something small that you can carry in a handbag. Mounted mirrors should match your decor, and energy-efficient ones not only consume less energy but typically don't burn as a hot. Here are some things to consider when making a purchase.
Countertop or Wall Mounted
If your bathroom vanity is already crowded, consider getting a wall-mounted mirror. These are typically hardwired into the wall and never need batteries. If you want a mobile option or like the look of a vanity mirror, look for a model that can sit on your counter. There are also some models that mount to other mirrors or glass with suction cups, making them less permanent and saving counter space.
Design & Aesthetics
While rounded, dual-sided mirrors are the most common, they do come in a variety of finishes and shapes. If you have a more contemporary home, you may wish to look for chrome or satin nickel finish. Brass and oval shapes mimic a more antique look.
Energy Efficient Lighting
LED lighting has become commonplace in almost every home appliance, and lighted mirrors have followed in suit. If you prefer the look of halogen lighting, you can still find a mirror to suit your needs. However, LED lights have a longer life, are more efficient and do not put off as much heat. Also, because of their efficiency LED lights do not drain batteries as quickly. Fluorescent T5 bulbs also consume less electricity and reduce radiant heat when compared to halogen bulbs.
If you are only planning on applying makeup, you may be able to use a mirror as small as 5-inches in diameter. However, if you plan on using your mirror to style your hair or just want a wider view of your face, neck and shoulders, consider a model that has a diameter of at least 8 inches or more. If the mirror is going above a vanity, ensure that you measure the area prior to purchasing it.
Lighted mirrors can simulate daylight and help you apply cosmetics. Their magnification helps give you additional accuracy when tweezing eyebrows or inspecting your eyeliner. LED and fluorescent bulbs offer additional efficiency and keep your workspace nice and cool.