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Bathroom Lighting Design Ideas

Bathroom lighting ideas spa like experience If you're looking online for bathroom lighting design ideas were going to assume that you are in a home that you did not recently custom-build for yourselves . I'll make further assumptions that the house is at least two or three years old . Now in many homes that are 10 years old or older , actually thousands and thousands of homes . The bathroom lighting is limited to a certain very common and for mayor layout . You have one bar light above the mirror . And you have one bathroom fan with no light in it . That's pretty much it . The average homebuilder in America springs for that and nothing more . In this article I will go over every way possible to enhance that and make your bathroom a truly unique place where you can get away and enjoy a spa like experience . That would by the way be my first suggestion . I would look at the bathroom as far as a design standpoint is concerned as a spa/retreat room . Now other people may hav...

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Sunday, 03 June 2012 20:53

Bathroom Lighting Design Ideas

Bathroom lighting ideas spa like experience

If you're looking online for bathroom lighting design ideas were going to assume that you are in a home that you did not recently custom-build for yourselves . I'll make further assumptions that the house is at least two or three years old . Now in many homes that are 10 years old or older , actually thousands and thousands of homes . The bathroom lighting is limited to a certain very common and for mayor layout . You have one bar light above the mirror . And you have one bathroom fan with no light in it . That's pretty much it . The average homebuilder in America springs for that and nothing more . In this article I will go over every way possible to enhance that and make your bathroom a truly unique place where you can get away and enjoy a spa like experience . That would by the way be my first suggestion . I would look at the bathroom as far as a design standpoint is concerned as a spa/retreat room . Now other people may have other ideas in mind and that is perfectly fine . But the popular trend in bathrooms these days is to create a spa like experience where you can stand more than the average 15 to 20 min. taking a shower and fixing your hair . If you look at the sinks these days that are available at your common home improvement store their very similar to what you see at the spot when you go to get a massage . This is the essence of modern bathroom design . So if you're looking for great ideas on how to enhance your bathroom I would suggest picking up some magazines the next time that you get a massage . Now one of the first things that I would recommend permit electrical standpoint to move you in the direction of a spa like experience while you're in your bathroom is a dimmer . Definitely in this case I would stray completely away from the use of compact florescent light bulbs . Generally speaking the light that they put out is neither friendly nor warm . And while some of them claim to be dimmable the technology really is not there yet to provide a quality light source or to be dimmable . Secondly one of the primary changes that people are making to their bathrooms these days is getting rid of the idea that one the light blaring over the mirror is sufficient lighting design for your bathroom . There is a reason why the standard bar light over a mirror has 7 to 10 light bulbs and it . When you're using the bathroom for putting on makeup or fixing your hair you want a lot of light . When you're taking a bubble bath and trying to relax and forgetting about the worries and stresses of your day life you do not want 15 lightbulbs blaring in your eyes . Most people are changing out the standard bar light and large square mirror in favor of an oval mirror above the sink with two sconce lights once the left and one to the right . Having Providence electric come out and doing this alteration is relatively inexpensive . Typically speaking you're probably looking at about $150.00 to have this alteration made .

"But what about the large amount of light needed for task lighting ?"

That is where multiple light sources come into play . In many areas in your home the best way to light the room is not with one source of lighting in the center . That is definitely the case in your bathroom . When you install a few sconce lights around the mirror a great way to add the additional light that you need is with recessed lighting . Recessed lighting can be installed directly above the vanity . When you're looking for that spa like experience in your lighting design the sconce lights are great addition . You can install a dimmer on them and when you would like to take a bubble bath you can fire up sconce lights at half power I like candle . When you need plenty of light for applying makeup or doing your hair you can crank up the dimmer to full power and turn on the recessed lighting above you as well . This will give you just as much light as a big multi-bulb bar light without the eyesore . Recessed bathroom lighting is a great addition to any home. Recessed lighting is a great choice because it goes with traditional, modern or any other type of decor you currently have. A good electrician can add these lights with little or no damage , making your bathroom bright and inviting .This can increase the value of your home as well . Consider recessed lighting as a great improvement to your home .There are a variety of styles and sizes to choose from . Just select the Get A Quote icon for an email reply . We can add recessed lighting , heaters and fans to any room .

Bathroom lighting design ideas and bathroom exhaust fans

Another great way to add additional light after you have converted over to sconce lighting is a bathroom exhaust fan that incorporates a light . Now many of these are just square and not all that decorative . But with this type of fixture you're really going for the same type of look that you are with a recessed light . Minimal . You don't really want to see this at all . Typically speaking you're not looking for something that is decorative in nature when you're speaking about a bath fan light combination . These are white and they usually have a white glass lens . The typical goal of these is to have it blend in with the ceiling . A great bathroom design ideas that I've seen for this type of fixture is to install it above the door as you walk in . This way as you walk into the bathroom the bathroom fans really is not a part of the design that meets your eye immediately . Because it is directly above the door as you walk can the first thing that your eye catches is the bathroom vanity , mirror , sconce lighting , tub etc. Another design idea that I have seen for bathrooms is to put the switch for the exhaust fan near the toilet . This is after all typically where you use it . If this wall happens to be near the shower then it is of double benefit to have it in this location . Now you may be asking yourself if it's possible to switch the light of of bath fan combo in one area near the vanity and have the second switch for the fan near the toilet . The answer is definitely yes . Especially if this bathroom is located on the second floor which about 80% of the master bathrooms in America are . The reason for this is that there is attic space above it . Having the extra wire ran down for the switch and another location is really not that much more work for electrician who is adding a bathroom light and fan two an existing bathroom . Let's talk cost for a moment . If you delete a standard bar light over a bathroom mirror and installed two sconces you're looking at about $175.00 . If you wanted to have to recessed lights installed above the same vanity you're looking at about $220.00 total . So the total to completely revamp the lighting above your vanity would be $395.00 . Not too bad considering you have completely change the look and functionality and feel of your bathroom . Add dimmers for additional $45 apiece and you have all the makings of a spa like experience right in the comfort of your own home . If you chose to go with the fanlight combination instead of the recessed lights to augment the amount of light in your bathroom you're looking at about $55.00 more . The standard decent quality fanlight combination is about $80.00 $200.00 at your local home improvement store . Then you're looking at about $175.00 to get the existing one changed out and have the wiring installed for the extra switch to control the fan . Changing from a large square mirror to an decorative oval mirror is relatively inexpensive as well . Removing the existing mirror can be done by a careful individual with gloves and safety glasses for a very low cost . A nice new decorative oval mirror probably going to cost you about $100.00 . So you can completely revamp the lighting in your bathroom to a new modern spa like design with dimmers included and a new mirror for all around $500.00 . This sure beats a $10-$12,000 bathroom remodel .

Bathroom exhaust fans incorporated into your design

Okay let’s talk about bathroom exhaust fans for a minute. Bath exhaust fans are a necessity in modern-day homes because of the buildup of dangerous steam and mold causing humidity . Bathroom exhaust fans also allow a path for less than desirable odors to be expelled from your home . Most newer homes have a bathroom exhaust fan installed during construction these days. However if you live in a home that was built prior to 1970 the likelihood of you having a bathroom with no exhaust fan is pretty high . So what do you do ? Call Providence electric . We can come out and install a bathroom fan in your home if it was built in the 70s or after or in an older home . In homes built prior to in the 1960s the average construction type Is usually plaster or lath and plaster. This can propose quite a challenge when wanting to install a bathroom exhaust fan system . Most times when you’re installing a bathroom exhaust fan it is on the second floor of your home. That’s because there’s more houses with the blueprints calling for the majority of the bedrooms to be on the second floor . So when installing a bathroom ceiling exhaust fan in a second floor ceiling , you do have a few things going for you even if the home has plaster walls . The attic area above the secondd-floor bedrooms and bathrooms will be vital in allowing the venting or duct work to be installed .

Bathroom design and dedicated circuits

Most people would ask the question "do I need to have special wiring added to power the bathroom exhaust fan ? " The answer is yes . Although it is not required to run the wire clear back to your main electrical panel normally . if you are installing a small bathroom exhaust fan it is perfectly acceptable to run it to an existing switch in the bathroom . However in older homes such as the type that need this kind of Installation , the wiring is often not adequate to supply a new modern day bathroom exhaust fan . The reason for this is that most wiring in older homes before the 1960s has no ground wire . Modern-day bathroom exhaust fans are in need of a ground wire to properly and adequately ground the metal casing of the bathroom exhaust fan so that It does not propose an electrical shock hazard. This ground wire is absent from many homes that were built prior to 1970 . The national electrical code at that time allowed for houses to be wired with no Main ground wire installed at each individual device. If you’re having a bathroom exhaust fan installed into a home prior to 1970 construction . Always be sure to have It checked by a qualified professional and get a recommendation about quality of the wiring that is in your home , and the possibility of hooking the fan to it .

Bathrooms , older homes , and aluminum wiring

Some sure signs that the wiring is inadequate are the following . Aluminum wiring is a big no-no . Aluminum wiring was installed in the late 60s and early 70s . It has since been outlawed as a cause of many fires and electrical problems in thousands of homes across the nation . Installing electrical bath fan off of an aluminum circuit without the proper connectors can be very dangerous . As well most County offices will not allow an aluminum circuit to be extended or added on to . In other words the fact that you would actually need to run a wire from a switch box and add a switch in a wire for the bath fan . This would make it illegal to install bath fan off the existing circuitry . ~way to properly installed a new switch leg and the new bathroom exhaust fan in this situation would be to run a new home run circuit wire from the Main electrical panel or lighting sub panel in the home . This would allow the bathroom fan installation to be installed exclusively with copper wiring . With the new copper wiring installed to a new switch box location that is independent of existing aluminum wiring . The bathrooms fan installation could be completed and the end result would be a copper circuit that is completely isolated from the existing aluminum circuitry and allows for the safe and legal function of the new bathroom fan installation. some bathroom fans are exceedingly large in their power capacity and their amperage draw. in this case the above mentioned circuit would be necessary as well . Other examples of outdated wiring that is not acceptable to feed new devices are the following . Most wires that are insulated with the cloth type wiring insulation would be considered unacceptable as most of them contain a smaller or diminished ground wire and or copper where the wiring inside is not 100% electrolytic copper .

Bathroom exhaust fan ducting

The next step in the bathroom fan installation is of course the ducting .Proper ventilation is important in the bathroom area . Steam over the years can damage the walls and ceiling causing the need of very expensive repairs. At Providence Electric we install bath ventilation fans and fan light combinations .There are a variety of styles and sizes to choose from . You can get one at your local Depot or we can provide it . Just select the Get A Quote icon for an email reply . A normal bathroom fan installation will require a duct to be installed . As the whole intention of the bathroom exhaust fan is to get that warm moist air from the bathroom area out of your house where it will not cause damaging mold mildew and fungus . Many people feel it is necessary to cut a hole in the roof in order to allow this warm steam to escape from the home . However in many cases if there is a vent and an existing gable the small plastic flange that is included in most exhaust fan ducting kits is suitable .The ducting for your bathroom exhaust fan does need to be the right size the right type and the right quality for the Installation to be a success .

Bathroom Heaters

Many older homes have cold bathrooms . There are many reasons for this , the venting , the cold tile floors maybe a draft . These rooms are just a bit cooler than the other rooms in the house. Our electricians can install a small electric fan forced heater in the wall that is permanently fixed in place. They are thermostatically controlled and can be shut off in the summer. This type of heater can also be set on a timer so in the morning the bathroom is always warm and inviting.

Bathroom Receptacles

Many older homes have no appropriate bath vanity or hair dryer receptacles. Earlier electricians did not install dedicated bath receptacles . Receptacles that are powered off of bathroom lighting fixtures are not protected against electrical shock. As well they can often cause the over load of the circuit. This is because prior to the 1990’s the electrical code was insufficient in its requirements for these bathroom outlets. We install 20 amp circuits to the bath receptacles to comply with current codes. We then Ground Fault protect the circuit for your safety. We can add outlets , recessed lighting , heaters and fans to any room . Just select the Get A Quote icon for an email reply . As well Jacuzzi bath tubs are very popular and have many benefits. But take into consideration that many times the contractor that installs the tub is not an electrician and is rarely qualified to supply it with the proper electrical circuit and wiring. Over the years we have seen many people try and power them off of the bath receptacle circuits or the circuits that are intended to supply the lights . Any other source than the electrical panel box is illegal . We run an appropriate dedicated line from the panel box and ground fault protect it against electrical shock . We can add recessed lighting , new circuits , heaters and fans to any room .

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