Tub and shower enclosures can be adequately
illuminated by placing an enclosed, recessed downlight
in the ceiling. The fixture must be labeled as being
rated for use in a shower or wet location. These fixtures
are available with a variety of bulbs that provide an
excellent source of light. These downlights also are
recommended over whirlpool tubs or saunas.
Designing With Light
in the Home Office
When lighting a home
office, you will want
to provide a general
source of light that is
free of harsh contrasts
and distracting glare.
You also will need task
lighting for reading,
writing and working
on the computer. You
should also consider
accent lighting for
decorative items and
prized possessions such as diplomas and awards.
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Surface-mounted, energy-efficient, high color
rendering fluorescent fixtures will provide excellent
general lighting while eliminating shadows on the
desks and in drawers. The ideal solution is to place
two fixtures at the ceiling and to the right and left of
the desk so that the light reaches the desk over your
shoulder. Lighting placed in front of a desk at the
ceiling will cause troublesome reflections on papers at
Credenzas can be illuminated with slim undercabinet
fixtures containing energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs.
Mount the fixtures as close as possible to the front of
the cabinet to provide the most diffused illumination.
Photographs, mementoes and professional certificates
can be effectively illuminated using recessed adjustable
fixtures, recessed wall washers or track lighting.
An adjustable desk lamp will provide additional task
lighting at the desk and keyboard areas. Desk lamps
are available with LED, CFL or halogen incandescent