How High to Mount Bathroom Light Fixtures Above a Mirror


There are many opinions out there concerning the recommended height to mount a bathroom light fixture above a mirror. The following brings to light a few things to consider when mounting the light fixture. There are no hard and fast rules out there concerning specific height regulations and restrictions. Using a little planning and a lot of common sense, anyone can bring new light to her bathroom.

Things You'll Need

  • New light fixture
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Wire nuts
  • Wire strippers
  • Buy light fixtures that will add interest to your bathroom.

  • If the power supply for the previous light fixture is too low for the new light(s) that will be installed, move the power supply up to a level that will serve the new light fixtures well and patch the holes in the dry wall left by the previous fixtures.

  • When it comes to light fixtures, building code is mostly concerned with making sure sources of heat (like light bulbs) are far enough away from anything that could cause a fire. Place the light fixtures so there are no fire hazards.

  • Turn the power off to the circuit that the bathroom is linked to.

  • Some light fixtures have special brackets that must be installed into the electrical box before wiring the fixture. Install this bracket, if applicable.

  • Strip 5/8-inch of insulator off of the end of the ground (green) wires. Connect the ground wire from the house to the ground wire on the fixture using a wire nut. If the fixture has a grounding nut instead of a wire, connect the ground wire from the house to the grounding nut on the fixture by bending the bare end of the wire using needle-nose pliers. Wrap the wire around the nut, and tighten the nut.

  • Strip 5/8-inch of insulator off of the end of the hot (black) wires. Connect these wires using a wire nut.

  • Strip 5/8-inch of insulator off of the end of the neutral (white) wires. Connect these wires using a wire nut.

  • Stuff all of the wiring into the electrical box. Using the screws that come with the fixture, attach the fixture to the electrical box.

  • Turn the power supply back on and test the lights to be sure they work. If they don't work, turn the power off again and troubleshoot the connections.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hang the light fixtures high enough so they won't be in the way and low enough to provide light effectively.
  • Turn your breaker off before touching any wires. If you need a step stool or ladder to reach the lights, be sure the legs and feet are stable before climbing it.

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