January 15, 2021 6 min read

It’s a poorly kept secret — a vanity mirror can turn up the luxuriousness of your dressing room and upgrade your makeup sessions. You get to take celebrity-like selfies and step out every day looking red-carpet-ready.

You want one, but did you know a major concern is that the extra bulbs could raise issues like inflated electricity bills?

Not with efficient LED lights. They’ll help you unlock your inner sparkle while:

  • Keeping the environment safe.
  • Maintaining your electricity bills at a reasonable level.
  • Keeping your dressing area well-lit.

Let’s look at some advantages of LED lights in detail.

LEDs Provide the Best Light for a Mirror

Audrey Hollywood Mirror in White Gloss
Audrey Hollywood Mirror in White Gloss

If you’re going to get your highlight, eyeliner, and shadow right, you need enough illumination.

The best illumination is sunlight. But it’s not always available, especially during cold seasons and evenings.

LEDs make a perfect substitute for this natural source. This is because they have a high CRI (Colour Rendering Index) rating.

CRI is a measure of how well light can show object colours in comparison with a natural source. High-CRI LEDs and ultra-high CRI LEDs score above 90 and will replace sunlight perfectly.

An LED's efficiency is also improved by its capability to generate directional emissions, which means it illuminates only in 180 degrees.

This is unlike other bulbs that are omnidirectional and provide illumination in all directions. In such a case, most of the light has to be reflected and redirected to the desired location, leading to inefficiency.

Besides, a well-illuminated dressing area combined with the white frame of a Audrey Hollywood Mirror in White Gloss will transform any beauty area into a glittery space. Give it a try.

“Amazing quality, really bright lights. Really pleased with this mirror so glad I bought it.” - Jade Hawker

However, if you want to go frameless, consider combining your dressing area with an Alicia Portrait Mirror.

LED Has Dimming Capabilities

Olsen Hollywood Mirrors with Lights
Olsen Hollywood Mirrors with Lights

Ever flipped on a switch and had to wait a few moments for the bulb to reach its full brightness?

This is one problem you’ll not be facing with LEDs. Your dressing area will be fully illuminated from the moment you switch the LEDs on.

What’s more, you can dim the LEDs on your mirror as you see fit.

You can set maximum output as you doll up, or you can dim them when you don’t need much illumination.

Occasionally reducing the brightness will also:

  • Increase the lifespan of the LEDs.
  • Reduce power consumption, which reduces your electricity bill.

To make it even better, the Olsen Hollywood Mirrors with Lights come with a smart touch control design with a memory function.

You get to use a sensor switch on the makeup mirror to set the brightness to your preferred level. And when you switch the LEDs off, they’ll return to the same level of brightness the next time you switch on.

“I absolutely love this product not only does it look great but it works very efficiently especially with the different light settings, the best mirror I have ever had for makeup” - Lynne Jones

LED Lights Come With Higher Safety

Penelope Hollywood Mirror Wall Mounted Landscape 60 x 80cm
Penelope Hollywood Mirror Wall Mounted Landscape

November 1992 — It cost £36.5 million to repair damages caused by a fire at Windsor Castle. The cause of the fire was an overheated 1000-watt spotlight that ignited a curtain pressed against it, leading to a fire that burned for about 12-hours.

This just goes to show how safety is vital when choosing the right lighting.

The emission of heat is the main hazard when it comes to bulbs. But LEDs control this hazard in two ways:

  • They produce less heat.
  • They are designed to eliminate any heat produced.

Incandescent bulbs convert only 10% of their power to light, while 90% is converted to heat. And this factor makes them hot to the touch.

LEDs are safer in that most of the power they draw is turned into light. The little heat they produce is pulled by a heat sink that dissipates it into the surrounding air.

For these reasons, LEDs don’t become hot like traditional bulbs, even when left on for hours. This significantly reduces the risk of burns in case a child or pet comes in contact with the bulb, or fires if the bulb is in contact with flammable material.

For extra caution, get a mounted makeup mirror, such as the stunning Penelope Hollywood Mirror Wall Mounted — that will be safe even in your child’s room.

This Penelope mirror comes with screws. All you have to do is find the perfect spot to mount it. And you will have yourself safe and high-quality studio lighting in the dressing area — every glam girl's dream.

Here is a review from a parent who bought one for their daughter.

"Excellent quality, really bright light, and looks amazing very very pleased." - Olivia Atkins on Monday, March 22, 2021

LEDs Have a Longer Lifespan

Ever experienced this? You’re just a few strokes from achieving the perfect natural look and without warning — the bulb goes off. Frustrating, right?

This is a problem you’re unlikely to face when using a light-up mirror fitted with LED bulbs.

LEDs can provide up to 50,000 hours of illumination or more. This is more than two times the operating hours of bulbs like fluorescent, sodium vapour, and metal halide. And over 40 times more than incandescent bulbs, which provide about 1,200 hours.

When you have to replace your mirror bulbs less, it means reduced maintenance costs because:

  • You won’t have to buy replacement bulbs as often.
  • It will take longer before you have to incur the labour cost that comes with replacing the lighting.

Another advantage is that you don’t have to worry about the bulb burning out at the most inopportune times.

When the filament weakens over time, most bulbs burn out outright. But LEDs slowly reduce their glow over time in what is known as lumen depreciation.

You will notice less and less illumination coming from the LEDs as the years pass.

When the lumen output or illumination gets to less than 30% — expressed as a percentage of original output — it marks the end of the LED’s lifetime.

You can change the lighting if the decreased illumination begins to affect your make-up sessions.

"Can't fault the mirror, its simply stunning."
- Julie Clough on Sunday, May 2, 2021

LED Lights are Energy-Efficient

LEDs are among the most energy-efficient lights around.

The term often used in measuring the energy efficiency of a light source is lumens per watt, also known as luminous efficacy. It refers to a bulb’s capability to use a given amount of power to emit visible illumination.

LEDs come with high lumens per watt compared to conventional lighting.

With watts being the measurement used for energy consumption and lumen the measure used for visible light energy, high lumens per watt means LEDs effectively convert most of their energy into light.

This is unlike other conventional bulbs, which waste a large portion of energy by converting it into heat.

For instance, LEDs use 75% less energy than incandescents.

Less power wastage translates to a significant decrease in your power costs. Add these lower power costs to the reduced maintenance costs of LEDs, and you have yourself some noteworthy savings.

“I have wanted something like this for years. I recently redecorated my dressing room and this was the finishing touch. Feels so special and I have done away with my magnifying mirror as I don’t need it with the new mirror." - Jeannette Clarke on Friday, April 16, 2021

Step-Up Your Glam Sessions with a Hollywood Light-Up Mirror

To paint a clear picture, here is a comparison between the LEDs we use in our makeup mirror collection compared to conventional lighting.

Hollywood Lighting Conventional Lighting
Quality of Lighting Provides directional emissions that make sure your face is properly lighted as you put on your makeup Provides illumination all around the bulb
Energy Efficiency Less power consumption High power consumption
Lifespan Up to 50,000 hours About 1,200 hours
Dimming Capabilities Yes No
  • Produces less heat
  • The bulb doesn’t get hot
  • Converts most energy to heat
  • Hot to the touch

At Hollywood Mirrors, we provide the perfect makeup mirror fitted with LEDs that will help you achieve flawless makeup and hair while giving you peace of mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are LED Lights Used For?

LED lights allow you to see as clearly as you would in natural light. These lights can be used in a variety of places such as shops, offices, and boutiques.

Can I put an LED bulb in any lamp?

You can install LED lights in any light fixture, as long as the fixture doesn't used old dimmer lights or isn't air-tight, or enclosed.

Can LED bulbs catch fire?

The chances of LED lights catching fire are very minimal. This is because, unlike most bulb types, LEDs don't emit light from a vacuum. LEDs produce light at a very low temperature compared to other light bulbs.


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