Before you make any lighting decisions for your bathroom – there is a little thing called safety.
And another little thing called the National Electrician (Electric) code.
Get a licensed electrician that is knowledgeable about bathroom lighting.
One of the things that I have learned is that a light fixture must be outside of a make believe “box” around your shower and bath tub area.
This “box” extends 8 feet up from tub edge or shower curb and extends out 3 feet.
Basically, you shouldn’t be able to change a lightbulb while standing in pool of water.
Common sense – yes. But a precautionary step none the less.
So, my shell chandelier might have to be tabled.
Another thing that I came across in my research is something called “damp location installation”.
I saw this UL rating on several fixtures that I was looking at and it seems that this type of fixture would be favorable, if not necessary in a bathroom. However this is not to be confused with “wet location installation”. Fixtures that are labeled for wet location, I guess, can be placed within a shower area.
Bottom line – a licensed electrician is your best friend in a bathroom redo. There is not enough information out there to help the average consumer. Even the electric code comes with a high price tag and the online version requires Java to read – which I don’t have installed.
So – I am still in the dark, pun intended.
But I am learning more so that I can make a wise decision.
Those gorgeous chandeliers that you see hanging over bathtubs in almost every decorating magazine out there? Practically speaking, NOT a good idea.
Remember water and electricity don’t mix.
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