Building a Custom Electric Mirror - How to make one
I have never installed an electric mirror on any of my projects but did see one go in on another builders job about three months ago. I love these mirrors! If you have not visited the website from Electric Mirror you should go take a look. The website for Electric Mirror is here.
After looking at all the sizes and styles it became clear that we would need a custom mirror and I started the process of getting one made. One thing I hate is having a middle man involved and that is just what I faced here in Vancouver. In order to get a custom mirror I had to first draw it up and then process my order through the local Vancouver fixture store. Well their in Vancouver close to Richmond and I'm in North Vancouver - and what about the cost of a custom mirror???
As luck would have it I was shipping off a couple drain samples and stumbled upon a custom Glass store. I have been looking for some slumped glass for a shower bench and went in to check out this new shop. What did I find inside? Three versions of the Electric Mirrors!!! Not only that the owner (Moe) was one sight and I got to chat with him from everything from power supplies to french cleats. We designed the mirror together and Moe told me what to prepare for his arrival with the new electric mirror.
I was blown away at how simple these builds are and can imagine that anyone with a good skill set can pull off building one of these mirrors. I'll be prepping the project these week for the mirror and need to run some low voltage wire for the warm LED's we will be using.
I'll post a few play by play shots as I think many of you will love the look of this bathroom mirror. The mirror is the last step in a long drawn out renovation that involved firing the original contractor and bringing me and my team in to fix all the problems.
Stand by for updates.
In the meantime if anyone else has designed and built an electric mirror I would love to see what you did.
Electric Mirror - warm white vs cold white LED's
Good Question. I'll try and find out which ones are going to be used. This is a very contemporary modern designed bathroom.
Originally Posted by chefwong
The mirror will only measure 12 7/8" tall by 55" wide. The mirror will be 6mil and installed at 'Head' level for my clients. The challenge with this bathroom was having a mirror hung that blocked the windows. Nothing looked good and the client decide to have the window's frosted for privacy and then install a skinny mirror to match the gun slits that we had installed. Once you see the end result I think it will all go great together.
Here is a look at two styles from my new glass man in North Vancouver.
Our mirror will have three strips of lights like this measuring 2" x 10 7/8". Because the light will shine trough the window we designed the backs of the mirrors to have a cover. This will increase the output of light and keep all three lights looking the same.
This is the warm light we are going to use.
Designing an Electric Mirror ( 12 7/8" x 55" )
So this is the design we will be using.
The LED's will be tucked into a 3/4" U Channel and the power supply will be hidden in the bathrooms vanity. The tricky part will be hiding the low voltage wiring from view but I think I can sneak it in between the window jambs. Lets hope.
Electric Mirror - Small Scale Installation.
Office Task Lighting - LED lighting with heat sink
We used the same LED lights (Warm Light) to upgrade the home office adjacent to the master bathroom. The LED's where attached to a L Bracket (3/4" Aluminum Stock) as a heat sink. The flat grey colour on the L Bracket matched this IKEA cabinet's door glide hardware perfectly!
We used an upscale dimmer and transformer so this lighting can be dimmed. Same with the Electric Mirror.
IKEA Stock Cabinets
HEAT SINK - L Bracket. Installed with double sided 3M tape.
Custom Electric Mirror Installation - Vancouver Condo
So it's done. Installed and looking fabulous!
My clients and I could not be happier with the finished product. It took Moe and his Journeyman maybe 45 minutes to installed it. Some sort of custom mounting bracket he used. I'm not sure how he installed it but it appears to be some kind of French Cleat system.
The mirror is lined up perfectly with the other glass details in this bathroom since every window is on the same exact level you can see out the bedroom window while brushing your teeth.
Here is a peak.
Bathroom Lighting with an Electric Mirror
I stopped by for a couple choice pictures at night and wanted to share them.
The mirror looks great.
Looking forward to the next one. We are designing a new feature for a Coquitlam project I'm working on.
Coloured lights in an Electric Mirror - Coquitlam Chromotherapy Project
We are designing a new electric mirror for a job in Coquitlam and it will have RGB lights. I'm looking forward to see the light output on this electric mirror with the colour running. I'm hoping that the warm white or cool white outputs the same like the white only led lights.
I heard the other day that there is a new breed of LED coming that has coloured RGB mixed with White so that the softer pastel colours show better. I'll need to look into this when they come out.
Light Up Electric Mirror's featured on Houzz.com
My last Ideabook was just featured on Houzz.com.
If you would like a little more info on them check it out http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/55540...sign-Solutions
I can not wait to build the one with colour lighting. I still have not seen one like this yet online.