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Clairmont Ltd. Advises Use of Energy -Saving Light Bulbs in the Bathroom

Task lighting is tricky in the bathroom.  Cool light is often recommended, but it can distort colors when applying makeup.  So you may have to choose one characteristic over the other or consider halogen bulbs here.

Decorative incandescent, such as some globe lights, aren’t part of the phase-out.  Remember that lights over the sink can cast unpleasant shadows on your face; lights on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet are better.  Recessed lights designed for wet areas are fine over the shower.

Shopping tip

Excessive heat can shorten the life of LEDs and CFLs, so check the ratings for bulbs that can be used in fully enclosed fixtures.  On/off cycling, common in bathrooms, will shorten a CFLs life.