Tampa electricians discuss bathroom lighting
Tampa lighting experts
What are the trends in bathroom lighting right now?
Nathaniel Houle: "Most people are changing out their older fixtures and installing new fixtures with a more modern or contemporary edge. It really depends on people's lifestyles and what they want."
Jerry Falgoust: "One popular layout is a recessed can in a shower with a spiral fluorescent daylight bulb. You can see better; it's like a skylight above the shower."
Emanuel Polizzi: "A lot of them are taking the fluorescent lights out of their bathrooms and putting in recessed can lights for a brighter light. They're also taking wall lights down and vanity lights off the mirrors to get less glare."
What kind of interest is there currently in green lighting?
Houle: "The new hot trend right now is going green. Solar energy is going to be a really hot thing in the next few years in Florida. We're the Sunshine State and yet have so little solar power. I've found that people are trying to become more energy conscious."
Falgoust: "Compact fluorescent lights are very green. I have a couple of clients who have changed all their lighting throughout the house to CFLs. It's friendlier to the environment. It cuts down lighting energy consumption by about 75 percent."
Polizzi: "We're kind of limited with that. You can put compact fluorescents in those fixtures. There's not much of a choice other than that at this point. LED isn't advanced enough to come down in the price. For now, the compact fluorescents are the best, and they're economical."
What kind of interest is there in specialized lighting controls, such as dimmers?
Houle: "Dimmers are a great source of saving energy and creating atmosphere, and they also extend the life of the bulb."
Falgoust: "I've put in a lot of dimmers. One of the problems with compact fluorescents is that you can't use a dimmer with them."
Polizzi: "You can change the look of a whole house by putting dimmers in. Basic motion sensors, which switch the lights on and off as you walk in and out, are handy, especially if you have kids."
What are some issues homeowners need to know about that they often overlook?
Houle: "Sometimes when they take down the old lighting fixtures, there might need to be some drywall repair based on the configuration on the old fixture. When it comes to safety, people want to make sure they keep a three-foot clearance from their shower or tub."
Falgoust: "Exhaust fans are a major issue. This is a very humid climate. We want the fans to be able to move twice the amount of space in the bathroom - if you have 80 square feet, you'll want a fan that moves about 160 cubic feet per minute. If you pay more for your fan, you can get one that makes less noise."
Polizzi: "They need to be aware of the accessibility to the fixture; sometimes something bigger or more complicated might require some drywall work. They have to be aware of the structure, and whatever they add to the bathroom, make sure they have the electrical capacity for that."