Again, I will slam the gods of bathroom lighting for being so damned boring. Really, it's a sea of sameness. But, let's just say that JWH was up on a ladder in the hall bath this weekend and even he said, "God, that's a really ugly light." So, yeah time to make a change.
I posted here about what I was thinking in terms of a good replacement light. And then I went ahead and put some favorites in the handy dandy Lightingdirect.com "compare" light box. That process led me to this little summary. Which was nice.
And then I went home to measure and eyeball it. Meaning I stood in the bathroom doorway with a print out of the above light box and squinted a lot. Totally worked. The winner? This one:
Well, not so fast. The fabulous "compare" lightbox also noted the sizes, and for some crazy reason the light above, the Alico Madison light bar...yeah, it's 17" long. How is that possible when all it's compatriots are more like 24" - 27" long. Crap. Yes, I said crap. It's just too weeny.
In defeat I took to my trusty MacBook and sought out new pastures. It was less of a browse this time, since it was 11 pm on a school night and I had also narrowed my wishlist by this point:
- 23" - 27" long
- rounded back plate or other rounded details to tie in with the other accessories in the room
- white shades
- takes incandescent bulbs, preferably in 75w or 100w
- flutes with a slight taper (transitional, not modern)
- preferably up-light (no bare bulbs facing down since I think that will be harsh, but a light that could go both ways would be great because I could then fiddle with it at install)
All of that led me to this, the Hinkley Avon Bath Bar, which hits on most of the above points:
Bam. Ordered. Pictures to come (along with some other lighting updates, I'm kind of on a roll).