Lighting Design pendants on vaulted ceiling over vanity, lamp, chandelier

Lighting Design pendants on vaulted ceiling over vanity, lamp, chandelier

Lighting Design /pendants on vaulted ceiling over vanity

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Expert: Jim Hoyle — 10/23/2008

Question

I have a 10 by twelve bathroom remodel underway. It is very traditional, however, I want to stay away from typical over the mirror bath light strips. The vanity is 72 inches and the 2 mirrors over the sinks are 21 inches wide with a 21 inch space between them. a substantial crown mouldings on the top of the mirror is detracted from by a typical vanity light. I have read that side lighting is best and thought about sconce on the wall between the mirrors to prevent shadows and two pendent above. There is only 4 1/2 inches between the left mirror and a wall so a sconce is out and my only option for sidelighting is a grossly over priced rather contemporaryflorescent tube light. The electrician and G think 2 pendent and a sconce will look stupid. Can I have fashion and function. Will I have good enough light for makeup application with just two pendants or do I need a third? How far from the rear wall do I mount them? They will be different lengths because of the vault so do they need to be custom or are they adjustable? Is an cinch chandelier over a 52″ x 7.0′ tub deck over kill or elegant. Every G I interviewed pushed recessed light like they were the only option so i feel like I have to have them. They seem appropriate over the commode (which has a half wall) and the shower which is a clear glass enclosure off the end of the tub. Would a skylight above the open space between the tub and vanity affect the chandelier decision? The electrician is coming and I am so confused. I usually trust my eye but in this case. HELP!

Answer

Pendant lights are a great choice for this application but be sure you consider only those with standard Edison base sockets with a minimum wattage rating of at least 100 watts. A fixture rated at only 60 watts will likely be inadequate for this use.

There are a wide variety of pendants on the market and many of them require specialty bi pin or halogen bulbs which are not recommended. Additionally, standard sockets allow you to use the economical compact fluorescent CFL bulbs which will save a great deal on the amount of heat discharged as well as the amount of energy used. Avoid deeply or richly colored glass shades as these will absorb a great deal of light and are not as efficient. White, frosted glass, scavo glass, beige glass and off white glass provide the most light output.

I am not able to comment on the likely hood of shadows in general without a detailed diagram of the room which is not appropriate for this venue. However, a 100 watt pendant mounted directly over a vanity should provide adequate lighting for the vanity area without any shadow in the vanity area. Hanging the the pendant fixture so that the bottom of the glass is around 7.5 feet off the floor is usually appropriate for a vanity application. Select one with a wider shade that will spread the light out more evenly.

Now I will address your additional questions:

Will I have good enough light for makeup application with just two pendants or do I need a third?

Answer: Two (2) pendants with the specifications listed above should be more than adequate for your situation.

How far from the rear wall do I mount them?

Answer: The center of the pendant should be positioned approximately over the center of the sink. Be sure to check the width of the pendant glass to make sure it will clear the back wall.

They will be different lengths because of the vault so do they need to be custom or are they adjustable?

Answer: This feature varies with the manufacturer but most pendants can be hung a varying heights. Check with the lighting showroom where you purchase the pendants to make certain of these details.

Is an cinch chandelier over a 52″ x 7.0′ tub deck over kill or elegant.

Lighting Design pendants on vaulted ceiling over vanity, lamp, chandelier

Answer: I am not familiar with the term «CINCH» but a properly sized chandelier may be striking in this situation. Think in terms of relativity.

Every G I interviewed pushed recessed light like they were the only option so i feel like I have to have them. They seem appropriate over the commode (which has a half wall) and the shower which is a clear glass enclosure off the end of the tub. Would a skylight above the open space between the tub and vanity affect the chandelier decision? The electrician is coming and I am so confused. I usually trust my eye but in this case. HELP!

Answer: Chandeliers in close proximity to skylights usually do not work very well. Recessed lighting in general has numerous drawbacks and inefficiencies but a single recess light in this application would likely work fine. A good option for this area may be a semi flush mount fixture, a flush mount fixture or even a petite chandelier.

I hope these ideas prove useful to you and your family and that your project is a great success.

Thanks and Best Regards, Jim Hoyle

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