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Old 12-07-2008, 07:09 PM   #1
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I'm installing lights in our new bathroom. Can someone help with placement of recessed light over the 72" 2 sink counter, bathroom light/fan, recessed light over tub, recessed light over toilet?

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I don't understand what you're looking for here. Are you asking about what is allowed and what isn't, or are you coming at this from an aesthetic angle (type and quantity of lights)?

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Lights alongside the mirror rather than overhead prevent that scary movie lighting effect.
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I'm looking for specific position of the lights. Like the fan light should be centered on the tub 3' from the tub or recessed light over the sink should be directly over the sink or front edge of counter or 1'8" from wall.....
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While a recessed light over the sink will give plenty of illumination to wash your hands, it will not help much in looking at yourself in the mirror.

Better to have some sort of hollywood or broadway lighting over the mirror, or a couple of side lights there to make it easier to see one's face.

I always recommend installing a recessed damp-location rated light over a shower or tub. You can locate the fart fan over the toilet area, or add a separate recessed light to make for better reading
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I'm not asking the question right. I know what lights I'm going to use. I don't know where to position them in the ceiling using feet/inches. Can anyone help with that?
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Can someone help with placement of recessed light over the 72" 2 sink counter,

Don't use recessed light over the counters. The light MUST come from the wall to properly illuminate your face in the mirror. Trust me.


bathroom light/fan,

Center of the room.


recessed light over tub,

Away from the drain end about 12" off the wall if you like to read in the tub. If not, anywhere.


recessed light over toilet?

Directly over the toilet or anywhere close.
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The recessed lights were for lighting the room only. I was going to put lights on the wall on each side of the mirrors. Does that should ok?
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Can someone help with placement of recessed light over the 72" 2 sink counter,

Don't use recessed light over the counters. The light MUST come from the wall to properly illuminate your face in the mirror. Trust me.


bathroom light/fan,

Center of the room.


recessed light over tub,

Away from the drain end about 12" off the wall if you like to read in the tub. If not, anywhere.


recessed light over toilet?

Directly over the toilet or anywhere close.
I have to say, I agree again on all counts. (I think this is a new record)

I will say though, with all that light, WHY recessed over the sink? That is completely unnecessary.
Also, WHY a fan/light? For the same reason.


How the heck big is this bathroom???
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Also, how in the world can we give you feet and inches locations without seeing the bathroom in person or seeing the actual print?????

The 220/221 had it. Center tub. Center room. Center toilet. Vanity.
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I know it seems like a lot of light but every site I've read about lighting says the biggest mistake/regret people make with bathroom remodel is lack of lighting. It's a small room "L Shaped" bathroom. The tub/toilet are in an 8x8 room. The L contains the double sink.

I know you haven't seen our bathroom to tell me where to position the lights but I would have positioned the fan centered on the tub about 2' in front of it and the toilet light just in front of the toilet. I was hoping there was a rule of thumb like 1' in front of your toilet or 2' in front of your tub.
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GOOD vanity lights and placement are the key to good bathroom lighting. Exact placement depends on the fixture. After that all else is gravy IMO.

A light in the shower and over the bowl are nice to have.
I personally think a fan/light is useless. I like a fan only and a couple of recessed instead.

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