Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Wrong Light For The Hall Bathroom-Project Fail

It seems like a lot of things are definitely trial and error around here.  I found a really pretty light on line and thought it would be the perfect thing to get rid of the hollywood lights in the hall bathroom.  Simple chrome fixture with 3 white glass shades.  BOY WAS I WRONG.

The first problem is this light is so bright it almost makes the bathroom glow.  (I dimmed the picture a little so you could see the light)

The second problem is the size.  See how this light hangs down in front of the mirror.  You can't open the medicine cabinet door very far, it hits the light.  Now that is a disaster just waiting to happen.

Since our master bathroom only has one sink, hubby has chosen to adopt this bathroom as "his".  It is just outside our master bedroom door, so actually just as close as the master bathroom. (He still showers in the master bathroom, but shaves and etc in here)  I thought I would spruce up this space and make it really nice for him.  So far the light is a BIG FAIL.

Back to the drawing board to hunt for a light that won't hang down in front of the mirror so the medicine cabinet door can open all the way.  I also wanted something that didn't have so much light.  Being able to see is one thing, then having the room glowing is another.

I found a winner.  Two lights and it doesn't hang down in front of the mirror.  Success.  The medicine cabinet door opens all the way.

Plus it looks good and it has plenty of light.

Since I hadn't found a light for the master bathroom yet, I though this might do the trick and it did.  Perfect for this space- - - -

and more than enough light.  It actually is brighter than the 6 light Hollywood Bulb fixture that was here and this looks so much better too.

 This is a keeper so success all around.

The moral of the story is, be sure to measure all the angles of a light before you buy it.  It might work and then it just might not.  Now I really have to get my act in gear and paint both these vanities.

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  1. I had Hollywood lights in an apartment years ago and they were SO HOT. I always needed a shower after putting on my makeup.
    IMHO, I would move up the three-light fixture so the bottom of the lights is above the mirror. Not so easy, I know. Husband put a plug just for my computer close to my desk, but he for reasons I don't understand put it EXACTLY where my desk went against the wall. So I couldn't put my desk flush anymore. He said he didn't want the plug too low or I would tangle my feet in the cord. Thoughtful. It took three years before he finally consented to moving the plug three inches lower so I could push my desk flat against the wall.

  2. Great way to solve a problem. :)

  3. At least you found a new place for it! Love the plaid rug, by the way!

  4. Happy endings - a good thing! Your master light fixture looks especially beautiful with your counter top. Jane

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  6. Bathroom lighting can be tricky. You always persist until you find just the right thing. We had to turn our fixture upside down and had the carpenter add some decorative wood behind it so bring it out past the large mirror. xoxo

  7. We had a similar situation with a light fixture hanging too low and our electrician suggested pointing the globes up toward the ceiling. This also solved the problem of it being too bright. In our case, we liked the look so it solved our problem. I love your blog, Marty.

    1. We did the same thing! It's also possible to change out just the globes for a different shape. I actually think it's too dim pointing up so I'm going to look for a different fixture, I think. But pointing them up is a clever option, I think.

  8. Well it all worked out in the end didn't it! My sister's just did this in the bathroom at my mother's that was recently lightly remodeled. They had to tturn the lights upward because they didn't anticipate how low they would hang. It worked out for them but in your case it would have been too close to the ceiling. We have dimmer switches for every light fixture in the house so we don't have to deal with too bright of lights especially at night.

  9. Glad it worked out well Marty! I agree with the 3-light is too bright for your hubs bathroom.

  10. So glad this had a happy ending! Both new ights look great.

  11. And let's face it, it's the master bath where you need the extra light for when you are applying your makeup! I can't get enough light for that process, the older I get the harder it is!! Looks good, Marty!

  12. Glad it all worked out! I never measured my lighting during our Reno but lucked out that everything worked! Things you learn during a renovation!

  13. Marty, your new lights worked out great in both spaces. I think these kind of things happen to the best of us. I am so glad that it all worked out for you. I know you must really be enjoying your beautiful new home. How fun it must be decorating an entirely new space!!!

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