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Old 03-23-2013, 11:04 PM  
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Default Where can I find this???

Anybody know where I can find a nice bathroom light fixture that goes above the mirror that has a built in electrical outlet?

The house we are renting is nice, but it's an older house that has no electrical outlets in the bathroom, so I thought I'd try a light fixture that has one built in.

I went to Lowes, and they said I should check at Bubba's Mobile Home Supply



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Old 03-24-2013, 07:01 AM  
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A) You will not find these any more because installing one will almost certainly create a code violation and quite possibly a safety issue.

B) You SHOULD NOT be changing fixtures or messing with the electrical in ANY way in a place that you rent.



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Old 03-24-2013, 01:00 PM  
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A) You will not find these any more because installing one will almost certainly create a code violation and quite possibly a safety issue.

B) You SHOULD NOT be changing fixtures or messing with the electrical in ANY way in a place that you rent.
My landlord told me I can do anything that increases the value of the home if done at my expense.

Since modern bathrooms do have electrical outlets, I know having one in the bathroom is not a code violation. So, I'm assuming the issue is having an outlet right above the sink where water is, would be the issue.

Since I know not to mix water and electricity, I'll probably build a box to mount a row of vanity lights on to and then install the electrical outlet at one end of the box.

Once it's all sanded and painted, it should look nice once in place. I'll make it long enough so the end of the box is away from the sink.

Someday when I move, I'll put a plate over the outlet to cover it up so the next tenant won't plug a hair dryer in it and drop it in the sink and kill themselves so I don't get sued in a court of law.

This arrangement should work out well for all involved.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:22 PM  
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I said it on another forum and I will say it here now. You do what you want, you will anyway.

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:50 PM  
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Well, that's true with me, you, everyone...isn't it?
We're all pretty much going to do what we want to do, which is fine as long as it's not dangerous as to not hurt someone or damage property, right?

Have electrical plugs in bathrooms been made illegal?

If I install this, is SWAT gonna raid my place? I hope not, although
they might if I had a large tank on me toilet
(which I'm thinking about doing anyway...)

I think my plan is doable and it can be done safely.
All I gotta do when something is plugged in is to make
sure it doesn't get in the sink whilst the water is running.

I'll just not run the water anytime I have something
plugged in to the outlet, and when I move out I'll put
a plate over the outlet so it's not accessible.

On this issue, I don't see why I shouldn't... do you
have a reason why I shouldn't?

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I don't think the receptacle in the light is a problem but it needs to be a GFCI protected receptacle. So you need to change the breaker (if you have breakers)feeding it to a GFCI.

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Was already planning on that... I was thinking the problem was having an outlet close to the sink and I see them like that all the time, although they are actual wall outlets and are not coming off of the fixture.

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If you are going to put a gfi breaker in, why not just change the light switch to one that has a outlet attached and fits in the box that is there. As long as the power goes to the switch first.

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Old 03-24-2013, 10:28 PM  
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Cause the light switch is way over by the shower on the wall when you first walk in and is too far from the counter on the other side of the bathroom where one would likely need an outlet.

This was why I was looking for a light fixture to put above the mirror that had an outlet built in to it.

But, I've got an idea of building a box to mount on the wall to hang some vanity lights on the bottom side so I can mount an outlet on the side.

This way, I'm utilizing the wiring that's already coming out of the wall where the current fixture is without having to run wiring inside the wall to mount an outlet on the wall.

Long as I'm using the latest technology that meets code requirements, I don't see why this won't work nicely... if I can make it all look decent.

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If you are not on an outside wall it would be easy enough to fish a wire down to a plug just above the sink in the same stud bay. If you have a vanity you could fish a armored cable down under the vanity and back up beside the sink. They sell boxes to slide into drywall without distroying the wall.



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