Quick Fixes for Bathroom Annoyances

Inadequate light above the sinks: If you’re feeling like the light above your mirror is not enough to illuminate your face, add a wall sconce to each side that will complement the ceiling lights.  Recommended wattage: 150 watts of incandescent light, or 40 watts of fluorescent light per sink.  For more information, check out our blog post on bathroom vanity lighting: “How Not To Look Like Dracula”

Harsh light during midnight trips to the bathroom: If the bright glare is bothersome, install a dimmer. It is easier on the eyes and provides a pleasant, low glow for the bathroom.  Dimmers are affordable and easy to install, and can also serve as mood lighting during a relaxing bath.

Old, impossibly loud exhaust fans: If the noise is starting to get to you, replace your bathroom exhaust fan. We have two models with lights that are the quietest ventilation fans on the market.  In order to figure out what type of fan capacity you need, multiply your bathroom square footage by 1.1 for an 8ft ceiling or by 1.5 for a 9ft ceiling.  This value will be the “CFM” (Cubic Feet per Minute) you should look for.  The CFM is basically the volume of air “exhausted” out of the room within a certain period of time.

The bathroom is a valuable space to remodel.  (If you don’t believe us, check out another recent blog post, The Importance of Bathroom Lighting).

Whether you’re eliminating one annoyance or on a mission to create a peaceful oasis, these quick fixes will make your bathroom feel much more luxurious.

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.