How to plan lighting in CA
We are about to have a bathroom remodeled and I need some help with figuring out lighting.
I need to know how many lumens or foot candles (which measure should I use?) we should have for the area above the sinks in the bathroom. It's a fairly small room, about 78" long X 66" wide, standard 8' ceiling with soffit now containing a fluorescent light bar. Counter with 2 sinks and mirror are along the long wall. The soffit will be removed and some sort of lighting will go above the mirror and sinks. There must be a formula or guidelines someplace. The tub/shower and toilet are in a separate room, where we will have a recessed light (CFL) over the tub shower and a fan/heater/fluorescent light.
I'd like to use recessed lights above the sink area, but that depends on whether such units will provide enough light. I've looked at some other possibilities, but until I know the numbers I won't make a decision.
I've already been burned by Title 24 requirements in our kitchen that we completed in mid-2006. That, however, is another issue to which I'll turn my attention after figuring out the bathroom.
Thanks . . . I know one of you can point me in the right direction.