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Bathroom Electrical

Bathroom ElectricalIf there are two things you should never mix, its water and electricity. Water actually reduces the body’s electrical resistance. This is why you probably know to never get electrical devices wet; such as bring a radio into the shower with you. It is important to keep yourself safe in the room that has the most water in it. Here are some tips when it comes to running electricity through the bathroom.

Lighting

Sometimes it can be difficult to light the bathroom properly. With minimal windows or frosted windows, the light just doesn’t come in the same. Lighting is even more important in this situation so you have proper sight to avoid any hazards. You may require ample lighting to keep everything in your bathroom visible at all times. Plus, proper lighting can make your bathroom more peaceful and relaxing.

When installing lights in a bathroom it is important to ensure that they are watertight and water proof. When you have a hot bath or a hot shower there can be a significant amount of steam. If this steam gets into the light fixture or electrical connection it can corrode the wires and increase the chance of electrical surges and fires. If you are installing new lights in your bathroom have an expert check the product and connections to ensure that you are safe.

Electrical Outlets

Blow dryers, shavers, curlers – there are many electrical devices that are commonly used in the bathroom so there needs to be an electrical outlet. This can be a huge risk for electrocution if not properly placed. Electrical outlets should be on their own dedicated circuit. In the event that there is a surge or water contact, only that circuit will shut off. The outlet should also have a GFCI (grounded fault circuit interrupter). Without a grounder, electricity can escape from the device and if you are wet, this is the last thing you want. Lastly, the outlet should be near the sink for functionality, but not close enough that any wires can hang into the water.

Our bathrooms can be a place of peace and escape, but you must respect the danger of putting electricity near water. If you are looking to remodel your bathroom call in an Expert Electrician.  Our electricians will review your electrical and install any outlets, fixtures, or fans that are needed. You can rest assured that you and your family are safe in your own space. Do you have more questions? Contact your local Expert Electric and we would be happy to answer them.