By Suzanne Fred. Bathroom Electrical. Published at Saturday, January 20th, 2018 - 01:01:30 AM.
Bathrooms are damp and can use a lot of power. This creates special needs when it comes to wiring. This article will help you plan for appropriate electrical wiring to cover lighting, airflow, and safety devices in your bathroom. Everything from watertight lighting fixtures in bathing areas to effective ventilation to GFCI outlets for safety must be considered.
Showers can be very dark and have been known to need a little light themselves. You can add a can light to the ceiling of a shower, but don't forget the required waterproof lense to protect both you and the bulb.
Without a bathroom vent fan, bathrooms are susceptible to excessive moisture buildup that increases the chances for damaging bathrooms and bathroom fixtures. Warm, humid air, caused by running hot water for baths and showers, is a perfect environment for mold, mildew and microorganism growth. High moisture in rooms can also breakdown interior room materials like wallboard, wall paint, and trim, not to mention the entrance door. For a safe, healthy bathroom, ventilate.
Ground-fault circuit-interrupters, or GFCIs, are life-saving devices found on electrical receptacles (outlets), circuit breakers, extension cords, and other electrical equipment. They detect imbalances in the electrical current and quickly shut off the power to minimize the risk of shock. For example, if you're drying your hair in the bathroom and some water splashes into your hair dryer and creates a short circuit, the GFCI outlet the dryer is plugged into will likely turn itself off—in a tiny fraction of a second.
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