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Written by Emily Widle on October 29, 2015

How to Choose a Recessed Shower Light

When I say “bathroom lighting,” what image pops up in your head?

If it's a beautiful vanity area accented with stylish wall sconces, or an illuminated mirror above the sink, you're like most people. The vanity is important to light properly. It can be incredibly annoying to have inadequate light for makeup or shaving, so it's typically what people (including us!) think of first.

This article is about the part of the bathroom that is frequently forgotten in terms of lighting: the shower. For some reason, recessed shower lights get left off the lighting plan often. The result is a shadowy, unwelcoming space - hardly the place you'd want to spend your first few groggy moments of the morning.

Whether you're adding shower lights to your finished bathroom (an easy project with special remodel recessed housings), or choosing the shower trim you'd like to use in a new bathroom, this article should help you decide which product is right for you.

1. Find a Moisture-Resistant Trim:

The most important feature of your new shower light is a "wet location approved" trim. All of the shower lighting trims we sell include a glass diffuser and a rubber gasket - these work together to completely prevent water from getting into the light fixture.

2. Select Your Style:

Recessed lighting is often (mistakenly) thought of as an unobtrusive form of lighting that tends to all look the same. That's far from true! You can find a number of traditionally styled recessed lights; but if you're looking for a more unique trim, there are a variety of options. The lens of the trim can make a big difference - you can choose between frosted, opal glass, fresnel, or albalite. If you're looking for a very uniform distribution of light (typically a good idea for the shower), consider a trim with a domed glass diffuser.

3. Find a Compatible Light Bulb:

MR16 or PAR20 halogen lamps are common for shower recessed lighting, but newer LED retrofit modules on the market enable you to incorporate energy-efficient LED lighting into your bathroom. "Module" denotes that the LED lamp is included in the product and not sold separately.