January 27, 2011

Preference Poll: 1/2 Bath Lighting

Joey and I are having a small disagreement regarinding the light fixture we should buy for the 1/2 bath we're remodeling. Currently there is a light fixture on the ceiling. It's super ugly and coming down...

Joey really doesn't want to have to re-do any of the electrical wires in the room, which would be required in order to put a vanity light above the sink/mirror. So, we are going to stick with keeping the lighting on the ceiling and just buy a new fixture. Seems easy, right?


Here is the dilemma. Joey wants a light/fan combo for this bathroom. He said having a vent-fan is a necessity in any bathroom (even a 1/2 bath). Normally this wouldn't make any difference to me, but it does in this case for 2 reasons:

  1. Since there will not be a vanity light, I want the ceiling light to be somewhat decorative or at interesting. But every single light/fan combo that I have looked at in your typical home improvement stores (Lowes, Menards, Home Depot) and even online are very plain/ordinary and many are ugly. There is not much to choose from. This is the best I could find - and it's pretty, but I feel like I see this same type of light fixture everywhere.

    Whereas, here is a light-only fixture from Home Depot. It is VERY inexpensive ($25), but has a bit more interest and detail than the one above. It's unique.

    Note: we are painting the ceiling a color, so the white fixture will stand out against it.

  2. There is currently only 1 light switch in the bathroom. Again, since Joey doesn't want to re-do electrical wiring, the light and fan would be on the same switch, which would mean any time the light is on, the fan is on too. I don't like this either. I want to be able to have light-only when needed.

So, what do we conclude? We will probably get a light-only fixture. There is a window in the bathroom that can be cracked if we need to air out the room(if you know what I mean).

But what would you choose if you were us?
  1. Light only?

  2. Light/Fan Combo?

  3. Break out the time/effort/mess/money and re-do the electrical to have a vent-fan on the ceiling and a vanity light over the sink and mirror?

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