A big thank you to Lighting Connection for providing the lights for this post! All opinions are my 100% my own and I only share brands I truly believe in.
We are sprinting towards the finish line in the bathroom makeover. I won’t lie, paint clothes have become the norm and I may have cried a little at the exhaustion and frantic pace we have been going at. The tile installation took so much longer than we anticipated. As I look around at the room, I wish I could just wave a magic wand and Poof! instant makeover.
But today’s project comes pretty close. New light fixtures in under an hour!
I know that I am keeping a lot of this makeover under wraps (it’s gonna be so good!), but I don’t think I have ever shown the original builder grade light. It was in bad shape with pockets of rust and discoloration. Also, who needs 8 lightbulbs in one fixture?! Back when I was making plans for this bathroom, I knew we wanted to change the over-sized mirror into 2 separate mirrors and make the sinks into distinct stations.
Get ready for lighting envy…
Deciding the proper lighting for this renovation was actually quite tough until Lighting Connection told me they had a beautiful selection of bathroom vanity lights. What I love most about their site is everything is hand picked so you don’t have to pour through pages of so-so lights to get to the good stuff. It’s all beautiful! And they have a variety of price points for any budget. I posted a poll awhile back about which one I should go with and thank you so much the feedback.
So which one did I choose? Well, the soft brass of the Enright Vanity Light was calling my name!
That meant turning our single oversized light fixture into two stunning transitional lights. What amazed me was that despite going down to four light bulbs, the room is just as bright and well-lit as before.
When working with electrical, I always advocate for common sense and consulting an electrician if you are not 100% sure of what you are doing. I know that in our case, we were actually reducing the load since we were moving from 8 bulbs to 4 and because we were in line with housing code that all junction boxes must be accessible. Ok, disclaimer over and here is what we did:
In order to separate the lights, we cut a hole where the original wires fed through the wall and fished it over to where the first light would go. We installed the first light as usual directions would indicate (black to black, white to white, ground wire) and created a daisy chain to the second light. If you are unfamiliar with daisychaining, it is a way to wire things in a sequence. If you have ever plugged a multi-plug into a multi-plug or hung christmas lights, you have created a daisy chain.
Basically you have wire A that comes from the wall, Wire B that are the wires coming from the first light, and Wire C that fishes over to the second light. We wrapped all three together with a wire nut and fished wire C over to the second light. Then we installed the second light according to directions. Lastly, we patched the big hole where the old light used to be and done, done, done.
I don’t have much to show without the mirrors and vanity installed, but here is a sneak peek to the lights we installed. We are now only a few weeks away from the final reveal.
So here is where we are at on the big list:
Demolition and repairing the Sub-floor Installing a new bathtub and adjusting the plumbing to fit Installing a Shower Niche Tiling the shower Tiling the Floor Painting the walls and trim Installing New Light Fixtures
- Painting the Vanity (next week!)
- Installing glass shower doors
- Cutting the mirror and framing
- Installing countertops, sinks, and faucets
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