||03-05-2008 12:30 PM
Originally Posted by steve65
I just ripped out a drop ceiling in the bathroom with a flourescent light in it. I'm now putting a standard 3 or 4 bulb vanity light. What's an average for how high to mount it? I have 8' ceilings.
Whenever I change out a fixture for a customer, I consider a few things. See if any of this helps you pick the right height.
Make sure that you observe the height of any medicine cabinet if the door, when opened, will hit any part of the light fixture, especially those where the bulbs and covers point downward.
If the light fixture has globes or covers that point downward and there is a mirror on the wall below it, it should be low enough so that the light is effective and useable, especially for a woman to apply makeup under. But, it should not be so low as to run into or onto the frame of the mirror or create harsh reflections in it. A little bit of space between the globe/cover and the edge of the mirror is aesthetically more pleasing to the eye.
If the light fixture has globes or covers that point upward, then keeping it lower on the wall will help illuminate the room more and also keep the ceiling cooler. Too close to the ceiling and you simply waste the light.
Once you THINK you have a good height, get a second opinion while you hold it up against the wall.
RULE: I ALWAYS make sure that the lady of the house likes the spot AND the look of it, no matter what anyone else says.
My philosophy? Simple: "If momma ain't happy, ain't no one gonna be happy" including me.
Have fun! Hope this was a help.