I need to seriously increase the amount of light from a bathroom vanity cabinet. The picture below is a little blurry because I didn't have a tripod handy, and it took a 1/10 second exposure to take a picture of a powered-on light bulb:
The actual amount of illumination is pathetic. I need to increase both the indirect lighting toward the ceiling and the direct lighting downward toward the sink area.
The light is produced by a simple strip fluorescent tube fixture mounted to the wall behind the top of the cabinet. It was originally a 36" fixture centered over the open area in the middle with the mirror. I replaced it with a 48" fixture. Downward light from most of the extra length is blocked by the side cabinets, but it adds some light toward the ceiling.
Roughly the upper third of the fluorescent tube emits light toward the ceiling that clears the top of the cabinet for indirect light and general room lighting. Maybe the bottom quarter of the tube emits light to illuminate the sink area below. The rest of the light is blocked by the front of the cabinet.
I could line the top front of the cabinet with aluminum foil to reflect the wasted light, but that won't come close to what's needed. A double-tube fixture would double the light output, but would be wider, so the top of the fixture and upper bulb would be visible over the top of the cabinet. That also wouldn't add a lot of downward light.
I contemplated cobbling together two single fixtures, each with an LED fluorescent-replacement bulb. They're very directional, so it would require one facing down to light the sink area, and one facing up or diagonally up for the ceiling. That will take a little engineering to deal with mounting brackets, the ability to replace the bulbs if needed, etc.
There's a second, matching vanity and cabinet on the same wall, so I will need to duplicate the solution there. I also hope to avoid a "remodeling" effort, installing different fixtures in other locations.
Before inventing a new light fixture, I was hoping people here might have a better idea on how to get seriously more light in this area.