For a Wet wall, I would attach a 1x6 where the mirror may hang if you are not going with a wall cabinet. You also need another 1x6 where the Vanity will set, so that you have something to attach to.
Another key thing to remember. Run 12/3 to it, in case you ever decide to add a controller for the light if you get tired of always having to turn it off for people. Also add a set of outlets on both sides of the vanity. You will thank yourself later. Same as one on the opposite wall to allow for a vacuum to be plugged in. It can be on two separate GFCI protected circuits.
Based on my house...and light fixtures I've seen.....12" below the ceiling should not create any problems.
If you want to be scientific.....
Find the tallest person in the house. Mark that point on the wall. Divide the distance from that point to the ceiling. Divide it in half. That is your starting point. Put the box above or below it based on how tall you think the tallest person might get and the size and type of fixture you might use.
I put a loop in and use a old work box at 7'. I do it this way because customers normally throw a wrench in the plan and change what size vanity they will use. But if your sure about what going on there I would put the box in now.
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