Are LED Mirrors Bright Enough? (Explained)

You might want to purchase an LED mirror for your bathroom (or another space in your home) because having a light in your mirror can help you out in many situations, like shaving or putting on your makeup. However, just how bright are they?

LEDs mirrors are very bright, offering up to 7,5 times more light than regular incandescent mirrors. The type of LED mirror (backlit, Alice, Hamilton, etc.) will also affect its brightness. Then the color temperature (Kelvin) might appear to affect the brightness, but it will only affect the color.

How bright are LEDs? Are there different types? How do you tell which are brighter? What types of LED mirrors do you get, and are some brighter than others? We consider all these questions and more in this article.

Are LED Mirrors Bright Enough

Are LED Mirrors Bright Enough?

We will need to understand LEDs in a bit of detail to understand if they are indeed bright enough for mirrors.

Unlike traditional incandescent lightbulbs that only generate as much as 5% of the energy going into the bulb as light while the other energy is converted to heat, LEDs are much more efficient. The same amount of brightness that is generated from a 60-watt incandescent bulb (900 lumens) requires only 8 watts for a LED to produce the same amount.

This effectively means that an LED is up to 7,5 times brighter than your traditional lightbulb, not to mention the fact that LED technology revolves around the bulbs being between 3mm and 5mm.

It will help if you understand at this point that an LED light is made up of many LEDs. Hence, just by these few observations, we can assume that LED mirrors will be bright enough (and much brighter than standard light bulbs) depending on what type of LED mirror you use.

This is because there are actually quite a few various types of LED mirrors available that you can purchase, and each produces a different kind of ambient light.

Colour Temperature Of LED Mirrors

There is not only one type of LED that you can get in a mirror because there is not just one type of LED. In fact, many different types of LEDs can seem to produce more or less light.

LEDs in mirrors are measured by what’s known as “color temperature.”. Color temperature is measured in Kelvins (k). Take note that Kelvin is the scientific measurement for the color of light. These numbers can range in the tens of thousands. However, higher numbers do not indicate brighter LEDs but rather “whiter” ones.

This means you may think that an LED with a higher Kelvin rating is brighter, but in fact, it just seems that way because it is more white. We have listed and approximated the color temperature of LEDs for your perusal. But take note that the names given might change from one manufacturer to the next.

  • 22K (2400 Kelvin) Candle White
  • 24K (2400 Kelvin) Very Warm White
  • 27K (2700 Kelvin) Incandescent White
  • 27D (2700 Dim) Warm Dim
  • 30K (3000 Kelvin) Warm White
  • 30D (3000 Dim) Warm Dim
  • 35K (3500 Kelvin) Neutral White
  • 40K (4000 Kelvin) Cool White
  • 57K (5000 Kelvin) Daylight White

Thus you should consider that if you are purchasing a mirror, you will want to know what color temperature the LEDs are.

How Bright Are The Different Types Of LED Mirrors?

There are numerous types of LED mirrors that you can get. So let’s discuss the various types and their brightness. In all instances, these LED mirrors will produce adequate light. However, depending on where they are positioned in the mirror, some might be better suited for specific situations than others.

Backlit LED Mirrors

These are some of the more common types of mirrors that you will find. The LED is placed behind the mirror, and they give off an ambient glow. What is important to note about these mirrors is that due to the fact that the light is placed behind the actual mirror, most of the light will be reflective light.

This means that the light will reflect off of the wall that the mirror hangs on (and any other surface), but there will be no directional light. However, we need to consider different types of backlit LED mirrors because some are, in fact, brighter than others.

Alice LED Mirrors

These backlit circular “infinity” mirrors typically push through the mirror and offer a frosted type of lightning effect. These mirrors will be brighter than a standard backlit mirror that has reflective light. Consider that the many Alice LED mirrors are designed with frosted glass, and as such, they will offer diffused directional light.

Depending on how these mirrors are produced and if they have extra features such as dimming capability, their range of light might be somewhat diminished.

Hamilton Hills LED Mirrors

These mirrors you might recognize as medicine cabinet LED mirrors. Depending on how this mirror is made, it will still offer either reflected light or (if manufactured in a similar way to Alice LED mirrors) they will offer diffused directional light.

Infinity LED Mirrors

Infinity LED mirrors are similar in ways to backlit mirrors in the sense that the LED surrounds the entire mirror. However, the LEDs are positioned behind the mirror for backlit mirrors, while infinity mirrors have the LED lodged inside the mirror and provide front directional light.

The “infinity” name comes from the LEDs that create a seamless loop (neverending) of light. These mirrors will seem brighter than backlit mirrors due to the light not being ambient.

Some Hamilton and Alice LED mirrors can also be considered to be infinity mirrors due to the design of how the LEDs are placed.

However, most infianty mirrors are designed so that the LED does not produce reflective or diffused light but rather clear and directional light. These mirrors will not be made of or have the LEDs covered in frosted glass, so their light will be much brighter than that of your typical Alice or Hamilton backlit mirrors.

Conclusion

We discovered that LEDs are bright. More bright than incandescent (traditional light bulbs). In fact, they are up to 7,5 times brighter, so having them placed in a mirror should support any situation that you need them for.

The only thing that you would need to consider is the type of mirror you wish to purchase and then the color temperature of the LED. This is because the color temperature of an LED may make the brightness seem dimmer if you choose one which is low in Kelvin.