The first option for lighting is task lighting, and just like the name, it's purpose is exactly what's its called: to do tasks! Wash your face, do your make-up, or give yourself a haircut. Task lighting is usually placed in two different spots. The first spot being right above your vanity mirror so that way it lights up the whole vanity. The second spot may be on the wall right next to the vanity. You might even consider putting one on each side of the vanity so that you can create as much light as possible. They have thousands of options so I am sure you will not have any trouble finding one that fits your style or budget. If you do run into trouble check out Ferguson because they have a large scale of options for all different size vanities and bathroom spaces.
If you have a larger space accent lighting might be a nice option for your bathroom. Accent lighting is usually going to go right in the center of the ceiling so that it lights up the whole room. Adding LED light bulbs in the lighting fixture will help increase the brightness you get from the accent lighting. Accent lights are best in master bathrooms. Hall and pool bathrooms might not be big enough for accent lighting so take that into consideration before your purchase one.
Every heard of Ambient Lighting? I hadn't either until I decided to do some research on the topic. A great way to add ambient lighting is to add a pendant fixture with a translucent shade because it provides the proper amount of lighting with a decorative touch. Ambient lighting comes in all different sizes, shapes, styles, and designs so you will certainly be able to find one that fits your style. And the best part is, if you do have a smaller bathroom you are trying to add light to, you do not need an extreme amount of ambient lighting, one or two pendant lights will do, and will help create that extra added lighting you may be craving.
I hope these lighting tips help you spruce up your bathroom. Bright light is a great way to bring happiness into the home, even if it's just in your bathroom!