recessed lights in bathroom--HELP!

nycbluedevilMarch 4, 2011

I am doing a complete renovation of my bathrooms. I have been on top of all aspects of this renovation but know nothing about lighting and didn't think to ask any questions of the contractor or electrician. I guess I just thought that recessed lights were recessed lights and that there wasn't a lot of choice out there. Guess I got that wrong. I just asked the electrician today what he is planning to use and he said Halo 99t. These are 4" incandescent lights. I had assumed that we were going to use halogen. I have some wall sconces that are incandescent. Do I need then to use incandescent recessed lights? Why would I want to use incandescent, especially with them being phased out? Didn't have much choice on the sconces, though.

Help--I am confused and the electrician is coming on Monday!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
David

There are CFL, LED, incandescent and halogen lights for both recessed and sconces.

Then there are dimmable CFLs, LEDs.

Depending on the bathroom size, CFL wall sconces may suffice.

Local laws may dictate the use of CFL or LED over incandescent and halogen.

For example Title 24 requires that at least 1/2 the wattage is used for approved energy efficient lighting.

The main thing is to figure out the aesthetics and then how to achieve compliance with local code requirements while accomplishing the desired look.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 11:57AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nycbluedevil

I don't have to worry about code requirements and I do want to use the incandescent sconces because I like them a lot. I just need recessed lights in the shower, in the toilet area and in the soffet over my vanity mirror. Would halogen or incandescent work best?

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 12:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
David

For intensity, I would select halogen. Just my preference.

I recommend that you take a look at what's available first @ your local lighting store first. Ranging from MR16 to 4" recessed lights.

If you need recessed lights in the shower, the housing has to be rated for damp environments.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 4:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brickeyee

"If you need recessed lights in the shower, the housing has to be rated for damp environments."

They must have a cover that completely protects the bulb from ANY water contact.

If you splash water on a hot bulb they have a nasty habit of shattering.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 3:33PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
My stairwell will be my photography gallery
I am going hang my photographs almost all the way to...
Gary Conrad
Entry light for awkward design
What should we do for a light at the front door? It...
sakami
Need help with recessed lighting placement
We're working on a total remodel of our kitchen. The...
judydenver
Disappointed with my LED recessed lights ... what now?
My LED recessed lights (Cree 6'' 2700K) were installed...
aussies
Buzzing LEDs
I'm exploring LEDs for a new build, and so far, not...
mtvhike
Sponsored Products
Hillsdale Tuscan Retreat 2 Drawer Hall/Console Table in Light Weathered Pine
Beyond Stores
Citrus Narrow Zig Zag Ovo Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Denhelm 4Lt Wall / Bath a Burnt Sienna
PLFixtures
Capri Tall Pendant
Lightology
Fleur-de-Lis Lantern Set
$99.99 | zulily
Sonneman Hanover Modern Contempo Wall Sconce
1800Lighting
Sonneman | Perch Swing Arm Floor Lamp
$400.00 | YLighting
Ventana Single-Tier Chandelier by Jonathan Adler Lighting
$864.60 | Lumens
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™