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How to Choose a Recessed Shower Light

How to Choose a Recessed Shower Light

Posted by Chris Johnson on Oct 29th 2015

When I say "bathroom lighting," what image pops up in your head?

If it's a beautiful vanity area accented with stylish wall sconces, or an illuminated mirror above the sink, you're like most people. The vanity is important to light properly. It can be incredibly annoying to have inadequate light for makeup or shaving, so it's typically what people (including us!) think of first.

This article is about the part of the bathroom that is frequently forgotten in terms of lighting: the shower. For some reason, recessed shower lights get left off the lighting plan often. The result is a shadowy, unwelcoming space - hardly the place you'd want to spend your first few groggy moments of the morning.

Whether you're adding shower lights to your finished bathroom (an easy project with special remodel recessed housings), or choosing the shower trim you'd like to use in a new bathroom, this article should help you decide which product is right for you.

1. Find a Moisture-Resistant Trim or Fixture:

The most important feature of your new shower light is a "wet location approved" trim or LED fixture. Many LED Canless Downlight fixtures we sell are completely sealed with rubber gaskets to prevent water from getting to the electrical components within the fixture. All of the shower lighting trims we sell include a glass diffuser and a rubber gasket.

2. Select Your Style:

Recessed lighting is often (mistakenly) thought of as an unobtrusive form of lighting that tends to all look the same. That's far from true! You can find a number of traditionally styled recessed lights; but if you're looking for a more unique trim, there are a variety of options. If you're looking for a very uniform distribution of light (typically a good idea for the shower), consider a trim with a domed glass diffuser.

3. Find a Compatible Light Bulb:

MR16 or PAR20 halogen lamps are common for shower recessed lighting, but newer LED recessed retrofits on the market enable you to incorporate energy-efficient LED lighting into your bathroom. LED Recessed Retrofits include the trim and light source in one fixture that snaps into the existing recessed housing and screws into the light socket.

If you are using a wet-rated LED canless downlight, you will not need to worry about finding compatible light bulbs since the light source is integrated into the fixture and last the life of the fixture (often 50,000 hours of operation or more).

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