Wiring My Bathroom Renovation

Old 07-04-11, 09:15 PM
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Wiring My Bathroom Renovation

Hello Everyone,

I've been checking out this site/forum for the past couple years to pick up tips and tricks while remodeling my home. This is my first post!

I'm getting ready to tackle our master bathroom. I'll be gutting the whole thing except for the tub. Putting in new drywall, ceiling, toilet, vanity, and electrical.

I need help with wiring the lights, exhaust fan, and outlet. Here's what I would like to do:

1) Two recessed ceiling lights over the vanity controlled by one switch.
2) One exhaust fan with light over the toilet. Fan controlled by one switch. Light controlled by another.
3) One outlet near the vanity for wife's hair dryer, curling iron, etc.
4) Install the three switches in the same wall box.

My home was built in the early 70's and all circuits are at least 20amp. Right now there is one line with black, white, ground coming into the bathroom that powers two old wall lights with built in outlets. They are controlled by one light switch. At one point there was an exhaust fan with light on this line as well. The fan and light were controlled by separate switches.

I would greatly appreciate any help and direction. A wiring diagram would be awesome. Thanks in advance to everyone!
Old 07-05-11, 05:03 AM
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I would use the following switch to operate the three light/fan combination you have. Takes up less space and you can use a double box for this and your receptacle. Leviton R42-01755-OWS Triple Combination Switch 3 Rocker White
Old 07-05-11, 09:05 AM
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I would find it rare that your bathroom wiring was 12 gauge from the 70's. Does the existing circuit serve any other part of the house? If so you should at least install a 20 amp circuit for the vanity receptacle.

I do not think you will like the recessed over the vanity. They create very strong shadows under the brow and chin area.

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