A Little Trivia!
We all take mirrors for granted, but it is interesting to learn about their history, when and how they were invented, and who invented them? It is assumed that the first one was a pool of water, and when some inquiring mind realised they could see their reflection, they set about trying to re-create the water's surface. The first man-made mirrors were made of highly-polished stone, such as obsidian, which is a type of volcanic glass. The first silvered-glass that we are familiar with today was invented by a German Chemist in 1835. Decorative ones have been around since the 16th century when Venetian glass makers created them as a work of art. It is most commonly used in the bathrooms today, and since then, there have been some surprising advances in this age-old household item.
We have provided you with a brief explanation of the main variants of the mirror as well as the reasons why it is so important. Let us take a closer look.
While some traditional mirrors utilise incandescent bulbs, a growing number are now supplied with LED lights. Not only will these fixtures offer a clean and uniform sense of lighting, but they can be arranged in unique patterns in order to provide a truly personalised experience.
Infinity lighting is another truly awe-inspiring option. The bulbs and the refractive properties of the mirror are used in synergy in order to create a scintillating three-dimensional appeal. This type of backlighting also adds a sense of depth to the bathroom; a sought-after option for those who are working with a limited amount of space.
As may be apparent from their name, the backlit option provides an even source of lighting from directly behind (and normally around the periphery) the unit. There are several benefits associated with this style. First, an even source of lighting virtually eliminates any shadows when shaving or applying make-up. As these mirrors are usually quite thin, they can save an ample amount of space. Finally, the use of LED bulbs will help to reduce energy costs over time.
These are often referred to as fog-less mirrors. Thanks to a built-in heating element, issues such as steam and condensation are no longer concerns. Infra-red sensors will detect when these conditions exist and the heating mechanism will automatically activate. So, it has never been easier to emerge from the shower and immediately enjoy a crisp reflection.
Magnifying or Make-up
There are times when a mirror that enlarges an image is required. Common examples include when applying make-up or when trimming facial hair. From a general point of view, these can normally be flipped around if a normal perspective is desired, and can be purchased as stand-alone units, while it is also possible to obtain one which mounts directly to a wall.
Why is a Bathroom Incomplete without a Mirror?
Many interior designers feel that bathroom mirrors represent the literal "hub" of this environment. First and foremost, their functional benefits cannot be overlooked. However, we also need to mention that the sheer number of styles to select will be able to cater to even the most demanding of tastes. Whether referring to bevelled edges, ultra-slim designs or the one’s which incorporate the unique lighting elements mentioned above, the fact of the matter is that these units aim to please. Another interesting appeal is, it is able to provide the illusion of space while simultaneously reflecting ambient light.
When to Replace Your Existing Mirror?
Mirrors are an essential part of every home, and almost all of us look into one to check our reflection, especially after shaving or grooming. Keeping these accessories in good condition is key to maintaining their good looks for long. However, over the time the surface can get scratched or mouldy, marring the look of a bathroom. Maybe your reflection isn't quite as clear as it used to be, or maybe you can't quite rub off every mark on its surface. More often than not, such an outcome is the result of a hurried purchase, an unbranded or cheap product. Updating your old plastic framed, with a classy Designer one with lights is just what you may need to uplift the mood in your room interior. Also, if you are renovating the rest of the bathroom, why not get a sophisticated and a stylish one to match the new decor?
Where should You Install a Bathroom Mirror
There are two variables which will determine the answer to this question. The first involves the needs of the user and the second is defined by existing wall space. The majority of mirrors are generally installed directly above the sink. This is just as much for convenience as it arises from functionality. In terms of height, most units are placed so that they are able to provide a clear view of one's head and shoulders. There can even be times when a second mirror is placed lower if children are present. This illustration below, according to HIB specifies, the best place to install an electric mirror is in the outside zone, and all the installation must be made in accordance with the current IEE wiring and building regulations, and it is also recommended that it is fitted by a qualified Part P registered electrician.