Light Over the Mirror

Charlie and I finally got down to hanging the master bathroom lighting fixtures.

Our new breakers are well-marked.
Our new breakers are well-marked.

We turned off the breaker to the bathroom lights.

The green screw needs to face out so the ground wires can be fastened around it.
The green screw needs to face out so the ground wires can be fastened around it.

A hanging plate came with the fixture but we had to put the screws in from the other side so the green ground screwhead is facing down.

The wires are pulled from the ceiling through the hole in the plate.
The wires are pulled from the ceiling through the hole in the plate.

We used the arced slots so we could position the escutcheon screws on two fixtures in the same configuration.

The thick black wire has to be finessed through the hole on the escutcheon.
The thick black wire has to be finessed through the hole on the escutcheon.

We snipped the wires so the bottom of the fixtures would hang approximately 36 inches above the counter then I threaded the escutcheon onto the wires.

After the outer casing is removed the bare wires must also be exposed.
After the outer casing is removed the bare wires must also be exposed.

Charlie stripped 1 inch of casing from each of the colored wires inside the thicker black covering.  We worked together to twist the wires into wire nuts: black to black, white to white, and copper to green around the ground screw.

The fixture hangs securely from the ceiling.
The fixture hangs securely from the ceiling.

We tightened the escutcheon to the ceiling plate with the small silver balls allocated. The bottom of the globe actually ended up 38 inches from the top of the counter which seems to be a very good height in the respect that it hangs above our heads and we can’t see the bulb in the fixture.

The reflection of the fixture in the shower glass gives a good picture of how the picture looks when lit.
The reflection of the fixture in the shower glass gives a good picture of how the picture looks when lit.

When we turned the breaker on and flipped the switch it worked.

The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.

This is the first time I’ve had light over my bathroom mirror.

Do you tamper with electricity?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Light Over the Mirror”

  1. No, I leave that to someone else. I could probably do it if I put my mind to it, but I do plenty of things on my own so I let myself have a pass on this. The lights look good.

  2. We do limited electrical, and when I say we I mean of course my husband and sons lol. We replaced all the light fixtures in our previous house to update it before putting it on the market. We have replaced many fixtures in our current home and also have replaced electrical outlets.

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