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What Lights Should I Add To My Bathroom?

what lights should I add to my bathroom?We are often asked, What lights should I add to my bathroom? The bathroom area is often overlooked when it comes to adding the right light fixtures. Modern baths and showers need more light than ever because the bath area is typically larger than in older homes. Here are a few things to consider when you consider where to place bathroom light fixtures.

Overhead Lighting and Recessed Lights

You will want to have an overhead light or add recessed lights to your bathroom. One of the mistakes people make is when they place these lights right above where you’ll stand. This puts light on top of your head, which isn’t flattering. It is better to have the overhead light behind you so that it doesn’t interfere with the task lights and what you see in the mirror. Don’t add too many recessed lights either. Shower and bathtub areas should also have overhead lights.

Task Lights

You should have a well-lit mirror. As we age, looking in the mirror becomes harder and harder. Task lights should be placed either above the mirror or on either side. Your electrician in Northern Kentucky can help you decide which is better and what will look the best when choosing light fixtures. Another common mistake when adding lights is to add them on one side and not the other. This causes an imbalance in the room that doesn’t usually look right. Although you rarely think of your shower light as task lighting it is usually best if the shower light is placed directly over where you stand so that you can see what you’re doing. Larger tubs and showers may need two lights.

What About Moisture Concerns

When you think about installing bathroom lighting, you should also put in a exhaust fan. This will help keep moisture down to a minimum. When choosing light fixtures don’t just ask yourself, what lights should I add to my bathroom? but also ask, which light fixtures will hold up to moisture? Avoid fabric on your light fixtures because of mold and mildew. Also brass and copper are not as durable as nickel, chrome and stainless finishes.  Shower light fixtures should be completely enclosed.

What Lights Should I Add To My Bathroom?

When it comes to adding light fixtures to your bathroom, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you determine what lights you need and what will illuminate your bathroom so that you can see what you’re doing. Having the right light in the right place can make a world of difference. If you have questions about adding light fixtures to your bathroom or other electric installations, call us today. We look forward to working with you.

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Choosing The Proper Bathroom Exhaust Fan

choosing the proper bathroom exhaust fanChoosing the proper bathroom exhaust fan is an important consideration. Most people add a vent fan as an afterthought but we consider it one of the most important fixtures in your bathroom.

Why Do I Need A Bathroom Fan?

Most houses today are built airtight. In fact, most people work hard to make sure their home IS airtight. This means that there is no place for moisture to go. In the bathroom and shower area this can be quite a problem. Moisture in the bath area can contribute to mold, mildew, odors and microorganisms getting out of control. Proper ventilation, like the right size exhaust fan will remove the air in your bathroom and vent it to the outside. This removes odor and stale air in the restroom and prevents the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.

Choosing the Proper Bathroom Exhaust Fan

For the Master Bath – Choose a quiet exhaust fan for the master bath so you can use it while your spouse is sleeping. This should be a powerful fan that can handle long showers, multiple showers and hot steamy baths. Ideally it should be on a timer for 15 or 20 minutes per shower.

Kids and family baths – Although it may be tempting to choose a cheap exhaust fan, in the long run, this fan is just as important as the one in master bath. Because of location, it may not need to be as quiet. If you have a large family, it may need to be more powerful. Consider installing a ventilation fan with a humidity sensor so that you don’t have to rely on your kids or family members to turn it on.

Guest Bathrooms – In your guest bathroom or ½ bath, you may want to install a noisy vent fan. This helps with hiding embarrassing bathroom noises. Consider installing a ventilation fan that has a built in light or is attached to the light switch so that it comes on automatically.

Choosing the Right Size Exhaust Fan

According to the Home Ventilation Institute, vent fans are measured by CFM (cubic feet per minute). You can visit their website for a complete chart. Basically they recommend one CFM per square Foot of bathroom area. In baths with areas less than 50 sq ft a 50 CFM is recommended. Baths with areas over 100 Sq Ft require additional CFM per type of shower, tub and number of amenities. Don’t worry about figuring this out; we can help you if you need it.

Choosing the Proper Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you when choosing the proper bathroom exhaust fan. We will be happy to help you pick a quality fan that will last for years. Don’t think of the exhaust fan as an after thought or spend time wondering if you need a bathroom fan. Every bathroom and shower area could use an exhaust fan for indoor air quality and to prevent mold, mildew and disease. If you have questions or need exhaust fans installed, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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