Choosing a new bathroom mirror should be a simple case of choosing the size and shape you want, but unfortunately, it isn’t. Today’s choices can be overwhelming, so let’s guide you through everything you need to know about LED bathroom mirrors to help you find the perfect one.
Is it easy to choose a new bathroom mirror?
Not so long ago, the only decision you had to make when buying a mirror was the size and style you wanted. Then there are bathroom lighting mirrors, but these are expensive, use up electricity, and may require replacing a new bulb every few months, especially if you forget to turn it off during the day or at night. Modern illuminated bathroom mirrors have ditched bulky fluorescent lights in favor of cheaper, more energy-efficient, and longer-lasting LEDs. (We’ll talk about that later.)
So, in fact, things don’t seem to have changed much when it comes to buying a new bathroom mirror. Shape and size still matter, and you can choose whether or not you want LED lighting, but beyond that, there’s nothing else to consider…. Or so you might think. In fact, when you choose the LED mirror in the bathroom, it can be as confusing as if you’re in a mirror maze.
In this guide, we will take you through the different types of LED reflectors and once you have read about the different types of LED reflectors you will have a chance to reflect on which one is right for you.
A (Very) Brief History of the Mirror
It is thought that humans most likely used pools of dark, still water as the first ‘mirrors,’ although quite what they would have needed to see, one can only imagine. The earliest manufactured mirrors were crafted from polished stone as early as 6000 BC and it took roughly 2000 years for the first metal mirrors to be made. In the following six millennia, not much progress was made; glass became the primary material, with a thin layer of metal providing the shine; mirrors became smoother and more reflective, and experiments were made with concave and convex mirrors, but it wasn’t until around 5 years ago that mirrors really began to change.
Before we look at all the different types of LED bathroom mirrors, however, let’s just take a brief moment to discover why LEDs have usurped fluorescent lighting as the number one illumination for bathroom mirrors.
The Benefits of LEDs
There are numerous reasons why LEDs are now the go-to lighting option in all walks of life, from car manufacturers to housing. Here’s our rundown (in no particular order):
Firstly, LEDs are significantly cheaper and easier to produce than fluorescent lights. This reduced price benefits not just the manufacturers, but you, the customer as well.
LEDs are also the most energy-efficient way of lighting a mirror, saving you money off your energy bill and doing your bit for the environment at the same time. They also have a far superior lifespan. The average LED has a lifespan of roughly 50,000 hours, some 42 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb. Without going too much into kilowatts and electrical jargon, the average LED over its 50,000-hour life will cost roughly 1/6 that of a traditional bulb, so perhaps it’s not just in your mirrors where you should be looking to replace bulbs.
The final reason LEDs are loved in bathroom mirrors is that they are so versatile. They are small enough to be placed anywhere which allows mirrors like the Phoenix Infiniti to be created – a mirror with unrivaled head-turning appeal. Different colors can also be used, such as in the Bathroom Origins Stargaze Mirror.
So, there we have it; everything you need to know about the different types of LED bathroom mirrors we sell here at Tap Warehouse. If we’ve missed anything that you feel would be useful, let us know in the comments as we’re always looking to improve our blogs, but for now, thank you for reading and happy mirror shopping.