I recently read an article on the use of lighting for bathroom
mirrors by Susan Arnold. A very good article and timely as I
am completing the second bathroom remodel in this home and am
struggling with the medicine cabinet mirror lighting.

I have undergone multiple eye surgeries to correct extreme myopia
and have also had cataract surgery in both eyes. I am left with
much thinner corneas and as such, am sensitive to light intensity.

Any type of mirror lighting in particular if offered at wattages
recommended (i.e. 150 watts or more per mirror) will cause extreme
washout for me making it difficult to use the mirror. Even side
lighting i.e. theatrical lighting will cause this affect.
I have installed dimmers for this circuit.

I recently removed a two light fixture in a small half bath that
offered directly exposed bulbs inside a pleated glass cover.
Horrible to say the least. I replaced it with a three bulb
fixture of lower wattage but in this case, the bulbs point up
and the glass around the bulbs is frosted. This room also has
a high ceiling (10') painted white. This solution provides
lighting that I can live with.

The bathroom I am about about to complete has a lower ceiling
which is just under 8' and is paneled in dark planking.
The walls are painted a muted beige.

I would like to know if given my limitations both visually and
architecturally, anyone could recommend a good task lighting
solution for such an area.

I have the flexibility of either using commercially made fixtures
or building something of my own design. I built the dual sink
stands and accompanying drawer unit and intend to build the
medicine cabinets to match. They will be surface mounted as
the interior wall did not allow for an in wall unit....too much
plumbing.

I have considered a separate box to be attached to the top of the
medicine cabinets to which I could either have internal lighting
or commercial units mounted on the front.

Any suggestions welcomed.