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Lighting & Design Glossary - V

Vanity Light

A vanity light is a multi-light wall fixture that is used in bathrooms and powder rooms. On, we use the term "Bath Bar" instead. Vanity Lights are often installed above a mirror, but, in fact, they provide optimal lighting when placed vertical on both sides of a mirror.

Vaulted Ceiling

A ceiling with a notable slant/slope. A vaulted ceiling can have unequal sloping sides, a single sloping side, or a curved/arched slope. Often confused with cathedral ceilings, which must have equal sloping sides that follow the exact pitch of a roof.

A thin, decorative covering attached to another surface. In regards to furnishings, usually refers to a thin layer of finely grained wood glued on top of particle board or other non-decorative material.


From the Latin "vinum," or wine, due to its relationship to ethyl alcohol. Vinyl is any organic compound that contains a vinyl group (a derivative of ethene). When polymerized, a vinyl polymer, or plastic, is formed. The most common vinyl polymer is polyvinyl chloride (PVC), commonly used for plumbing pipes, door and window frames, clothing, music records, etc.


A measure of voltage, or "pressure", that pushes electrons along an electrical circuit. For example, the act of turning on a flashlight generates pressure that pushes a certain number of moving electrons (called "current" or "amperage", measured in amps) through a battery. Thus, a 1.5 volt battery tells you how much pressure is behind the moving current.