LED Mirrors: Great Lighting for Cost Savings

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Last updated: July 9, 2023

Table of Contents

  1. What are LED Mirrors
  2. Why Consider LED Lighting
  3. Good Spots for LED Mirrors in Your Home
  4. How to Install and Maintain LED Mirrors
  5. Are LED Mirrors Durable and Can They Be Repaired?
  6. LED Backlit vs. LED Edgelit Mirrors
  7. What is the Difference Between a Regular and LED Mirror?
  8. Where Do You Need the Most Light in Your Home?
  9. In the Final Analysis

What are LED Mirrors

Not so long ago, the only mirrors you could find in your home were made of glass. Glass mirrors have been around for centuries, but recently they’ve been joined by a new kind of mirror: LED mirrors.  

LED (light-emitting diode) lights are all the rage these days, but did you know that the lights can be used for more than just illumination? LED is a type of solid-state lamp that uses semiconductor light-emitting diodes to produce light when electrically stimulated. The two basic types of LED light are the “classic” version and the “twisted” version. The classic version is also known as the light-emitting diode. It emits light in a straight beam. The twisted version has a spiral shape.

Light-emitting diode lights have been used in flashlights and digital clocks for years, but they’re just now being widely used in home lighting. Fundamentally, LED lights work the same as other types of bulbs. The main difference is the materials used in the light. Instead of a tungsten filament or halogen gas, these lights use a thin wafer made up of a semiconductor that glows when electricity flows through it. 

LED lighted mirror illuminating a modern interior bathroom

LED mirrors are a relatively new and simple technology used in home and commercial environments.  They are an innovative way to illuminate mirrors, which have been around for a thousand years.  

It is a product that combines the use of LEDs with mirror tiles, to provide the light and the appearance of mirrors. It is a technology that is used in places where it is difficult to have a large amount of natural light, as this doesn’t rely on that natural light. It is a great replacement for the use of fluorescent lighting, as it is a more subtle product, and doesn’t cause any flickering or humming like fluorescent lighting can. This is a great product for environments where there is an abundance of mirrors. 

Red bathroom interior with LED Lighting and beautiful large window on wall and ceiling

In fact, the LED lights found in your home’s recessed lighting can be repurposed into stunning mirrors. Several companies are now offering LED lighted mirrors, most of which are accent mirrors that are designed to illuminate a small area. The mirrors typically come in a single color or a variety of colors, and some even come with remote-controlled color-changing lights!

A beautiful modern interior bathroom with LED mirrors, beautiful hardwood floors and stylish color room pattern

Why Consider LED Lighting

The LEDs are small, bright, and cost less to produce than incandescent light bulbs.  But the most important feature of the LED, for the purposes of this article, is that the LED generates virtually no heat.  That makes them very useful for outdoor lighting, where heat can be a problem.  It also makes them useful for indoor lighting, where heat is not as much of a problem.

LED mirrors are more energy-efficient than regular mirrors and last longer.  As a result, you will save money on your utility bill since LED lights have a lower energy consumption than traditional light bulbs.  Did you know LED lights use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs?

It is estimated that over 50% of all new lighted bathroom mirrors are equipped with LED lights. These energy-efficient lights provide the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs with a fraction of the electricity use. This is important because lighted bathroom mirrors draw a lot of power due to the multiple bulbs that illuminate the mirror and vanity.

Modern bathroom with excellent storage solutions and LED mirror

Good Spots for LED Mirrors in Your Home

LED mirrors are nothing new, but they are now becoming much more affordable. Before you go out and buy one, it’s important to ask yourself why you want an LED mirror in the first place. 

Focused beautiful young woman looking at herself in the bathroom mirror at home

Are you looking for specific features, or are you just bored with your current mirror? Are you tired of looking at your puffy face through your bathroom mirror? These mirrors use laser-cut LEDs to display a thinner and younger version of yourself. Psychologically speaking, this will motivate you to become healthier and thinner by making wise eating decisions, incorporating a moderate exercise regime.

Adding an LED mirror in your bathroom is a great way to improve the overall look and feel as this room is largely ignored and the most expensive to renovate in a home improvement project.  Sometimes, a simple coat of paint and a few modern accessories is all that’s required to make things look much, much better without breaking the wallet or purse.  

Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in the house. This is because they are used daily by the family. A common bathroom design problem is the lack of storage space. Bathrooms are often only thought of as places to take a bath or shower and are thought of as spaces used to store things. This is a mistake. You should plan your bathroom storage space as carefully as you plan your bathroom fixtures.

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Bathroom mirrors with LED lights and a shaver point can be a great addition to any bathroom; especially, if your bathroom has no window for natural lighting. Bathroom mirrors are available in plenty of designs today to fit any taste. Bathroom mirrors come with or without lighting and with or without shaver points. Your bathroom mirrors can be installed on the wall with an easy-to-use magnetic frame or with a pre-drilled mirror hanger. You can attach the mirror with the hanger to the wall or you can use a mirror adhesive to hold up the mirror. If you use a mirror adhesive you will have to clean off the mirror before you can hang your mirror. A mirror adhesive is easier to use than a pre-drilled hanger.

Keep in mind, the design of the mirror is important—some LED mirrors look like big, sleek panels that protrude from the wall, while others have an old-fashioned frame that blends into the wall but makes the mirror stand out.

Adding an LED mirror in the main living areas of your house can also give your home a chic and modern look.  As they also come in a variety of colors and styles, you can choose what looks best in your home. 

Interior of modern entrance hall in apartment or home with chic and stylish LED mirror

How to Install and Maintain LED Mirrors

To install an LED mirror, remove the old mirror and clean the surface where the LED mirror will replace the old one. Some LED mirrors come with adhesive backing, while others have a frame that can be installed directly to the wall.  LED lights are also much smaller than their incandescent counterparts—a good thing, as you’ll need to mount them to the mirror itself.

When you need to install a new bulb in your LED mirror, you will need to first find the correct LED bulb for your mirror. LED bulbs vary in size depending on the manufacturer, and some manufacturers may not even offer a replacement bulb for the LED mirror you have. The next thing you need to do is remove the mirror from its mounting area. Some mirrors may have a screw that you can unscrew with a screwdriver, while others may have to be removed with the right size hex key.

Black washbasin mirror, LED lamps and mirrors, and storage draws for modern bathroom interior

Are LED Mirrors Durable and Can They Be Repaired?

While LED mirrors offer a sleek look, they are more durable than standard mirrors. One of the reasons that they are so durable is that they do not use glass. Most LED mirrors are composed of a thin layer of plastic that is coated with an LED screen and backing. The thin layer of plastic is very strong and durable, and you’ll be worry-free about it breaking. The likelihood of repair is minimal given this durability.

These mirrors are not indestructible and can break, much like traditional mirrors. What are the signs of an LED mirror in need of repair?  The most common sign of an LED mirror that’s broken is that it doesn’t work. This could be due to damage to the LED bulbs, a loose connection, or a malfunctioning controller.

white washbasin mirror, LED lamp and mirror, and storage draws for modern bathroom interior

LED Backlit vs. LED Edgelit Mirrors

LED edges are the most common light source in today’s market. This is mainly because they are durable and cost-effective to use. At the same time, led mirror backlit is the best option for many individuals since they provide a more uniform distribution of illumination. Many individuals will be aware of the fact that backlit LED mirrors are the best source of lighting for them. At the end of the day, this is because they are the most cost-effective to use. However, it’s important to note that individual preferences will vary on the type of light source used.

What is the Difference Between a Regular and LED Mirror?

LED mirrors look similar to regular mirrors, but they’re actually quite different.  The most recognizable difference between the two is the glass that is used in an LED mirror.  Regular mirrors are made up of glass that is at least 95% reflective, whereas LED mirrors to use glass that is in the range of 75% reflective.  This difference is because LED mirrors use LEDs for light, which are only half as powerful as a regular light bulb.  So, while an LED mirror looks different on the surface, the most important difference is in the lighting.   

Luminous interior room with parquet floor and modern seat

Where Do You Need the Most Light in Your Home?

When you want to add more light to your home, there are two fundamental ways to do so: the natural way and the electronic way. Natural light comes from the sun and can be augmented by skylights that capture and channel daylight into every room in the house. But for those rooms that get little or no light, you’ll need to install lamps or overhead lighting or use portable lamps that you can move into those rooms as needed. Light is an essential element in interior design, so where you place it and how you control it all depend on your personal style. For example, if you’re into contemporary design, you’ll want to use hard-edged, geometric furniture and lighting. 

Interior of modern kitchen made with ebony wood, large LED lighting lamps and large open windows and open spaces in contemporary modern home

Natural light is the best choice for most rooms and is the best way to enhance the room’s ambience and create a relaxing environment. But may not be an option for a particular room, or maybe you want to add some extra light to a room that doesn’t get much sun. That’s where LED lamps and other lighting accessories become helpful. They can be as simple and sleek as floor lamps, or as versatile and functional as table lamps, but they all have a couple of things in common: they get light where it’s needed, and they do it in style.

In the Final Analysis

Light-emitting diodes have a wide range of frequencies, and some of the frequencies match closely with the light frequencies of the human eye. This means that if LEDs are used to make a mirror, the mirror will appear brighter, and less color-contrast will be reflected. This makes an LED mirror appear much clearer, which is why many people are starting to use them.

If you want to consider a more traditional route with a lot of natural lighting, consider a bathroom in the Wahiba desert in Oman. 😉

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