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Fancy Bath Lighting

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Judging from our mailbox, This Old House readers love to hang fancy lighting in their bathrooms. But, to be completely honest, some of your photos make us a little skittish. Safety codes and common sense call for added caution when installing a pendant-style fixture in a wet environment. Keep the following pro-vetted practices in mind, and you'll avoid sparking any problems.

Leave Proper Clearances

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By code, the bottom of the chandelier must be at least 8 feet above the highest point on the tub's edge or 3 feet beyond it.

Plan for Moisture

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Choose a fixture that's U.L.-rated for wet or damp locations; the fixture should feature tight construction that keeps out water and condensation.

Protect Yourself From Shocks

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Make sure that the wiring in the bathroom is protected with a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), which will cut the current if it senses unsafe conditions.

Go off The Grid

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Don't have high ceilings for a chandelier? Consider a decorative candle fixture instead. Use dripless candles; keep flames at least 12 inches from flammable materials and always extinguish them before leaving the room.