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Nowadays, a home without mirrors is unthinkable. Illuminated mirrors in particular are becoming more and more of a trend. They are not only very practical, but also promote a cosy atmosphere in the room. In the meantime, you can choose between several alternatives of illuminated mirrors. With our product comparison, we would like to make it easier for you to decide on the right illuminated mirror. For this purpose, we have compared various models from different manufacturers and summarised the respective advantages and disadvantages.




Summary

  • Illuminated mirrors are not only very functional, but also add that certain something to a room.
  • The most important criteria for buying an illuminated mirror are: Design, size, mirror thickness, light switch and light colour.
  • Illuminated mirrors are available both in a very simple design and with additional functions. For example, you can adjust the light colour individually or dim the light.

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Buying and evaluation criteria for illuminated mirrors

So that you are not overwhelmed when buying illuminated mirrors, we have listed the most important buying criteria. These are as follows:

In the following, these criteria are explained in more detail so that you can make a well-informed decision:

Design

Because of the many different designs of illuminated mirrors, it can be difficult to make a decision. To make the final choice easier, you could think about what style suits your interior design. For example, if you want to keep everything very minimalist, an illuminated mirror without a frame is a good choice. However, since mirrors are fragile, you should pay attention to the quality and workmanship.

Size/dimensions

Illuminated mirrors come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Of course, it is up to you whether you prefer a round or rectangular mirror. When making your choice, however, you should consider where you would like to place your illuminated mirror later. Small mirrors take up less space. However, large mirrors make a room look larger.

Mirror thickness

The thicker the mirror glass, the more robust the illuminated mirror. Here, too, it is important to consider where the mirror will be placed and how it will be attached. For free-hanging illuminated mirrors, a mirror thickness of 6 mm is optimal. Mirrors that are glued to a base should have a thickness of 4 mm.

Light switch

To control the lighting on your mirror, there are various options available from different manufacturers. These include:

  • Illuminated mirror with touch switch
  • Illuminated mirror with push-button switch
  • Illuminated mirror with toggle switch
  • Illuminated mirror with wall switch

Which light switch is best for you depends on your personal preferences and your budget.

Light colour

The light colour can be warm white (2700-3300 K), neutral white (3300-4000 K) or cool white (4000 K and above). The colour of light for your illuminated mirror is based on the decision as to what purpose the mirror is to serve. If you want to do precise work in front of the mirror, such as applying make-up, neutral or cool white light is optimal. For a warm and cosy atmosphere in the room (e.g. living room or hallway), warm white light is preferred. With some illuminated mirrors, it is also possible to switch individually between the different light colours or to dim the light.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about illuminated mirrors answered in detail

In the following, we have summarised the most important questions and answers on the subject of illuminated mirrors in a guide to give you a good overview.

For whom is an illuminated mirror suitable?

Illuminated mirrors are suitable for everyone who wants to make their home a little more beautiful, because mirrors visually enlarge a room and the integrated light creates a pleasant atmosphere. But also on a functional level, an illuminated mirror brings the advantage of being able to carry out precise work in front of the mirror optimally thanks to the integrated light.

What does an illuminated mirror cost?

The price of illuminated mirrors depends above all on the size, brand and special functions. These factors result in a wide price range from cheap to expensive. The following table should give you an overview of the possible prices of an illuminated mirror:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (20-120 €) simple illuminated mirror, vanity mirror, some already with touch light switch
Medium-priced (120 -250 €) illuminated mirror made to measure, light colour selectable/dimmable
High-priced (250 € and more) custom-made and additional requests are charged extra

So you can buy an illuminated mirror for very little money. However, the more you want a custom-made mirror or additional functions, the more you will have to pay.

How is an illuminated mirror fitted and operated?

Illuminated mirrors have many advantages and beautify a home. But for this to happen, they must first be installed. If it is only a small vanity mirror, nothing needs to be mounted because it stands on a stand or suction cup. For larger mirrors, however, there are various ways to attach them. A heavy mirror should be fixed with screws and dowels so that it stays firmly on the wall. If you don't like drilling or want to avoid holes in the wall, you can simply stick your illuminated mirror using double-sided adhesive tape or mirror glue or attach it with magnets and rails.

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If you want to mount an illuminated mirror, a good option is to use a drill (Photo source: Christian Mackie/ Unsplash)

Conclusion

To give your home a cosy touch, illuminated mirrors are an optimal investment. Besides the visual aspect, the functional aspect also plays an important role. You can look at yourself in the mirror and style yourself. The light and the possibility of integrating additional functions turn the time spent in front of the mirror into something unique. So when deciding where to buy, you should consider where you want to place your illuminated mirror and what its main function should be. Accordingly, the right light colour and size can be chosen so that you can make the perfect decision.

(Cover photo: Sanibell BV/ Unsplash)

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