New Master Bathroom Lights – Help!

Since day one of moving into our home, I’ve always wanted to replace the pendants in our master bedroom. But the truth is I have absolutely NO IDEA what to replace them with, and I’ve been paralyzed with indecision.

bathroom-master-pendants-before

I want to replace these bad boys for a number of reasons, but my biggest concern is that they’re rusting pretty darn badly…rusted-bathroom-light

Just goes to show, when you are choosing light fixtures for a bathroom with a shower…you must make sure you find moisture resistant ones! Clearly the previous homeowners disregarded that, and we’ve now got lots of rust developing on the base of these pendants. Not the cutest look.before-bathroom-lights-pendants

When we first moved in, I considered converting these pendants to recessed lighting. In fact, I even had an electrician look to see if he could do that. But after looking up there, he said we would need to change all of the electrical and I would be better off replacing it with new pendants or flush mount fixtures.

A year later, and I still haven’t touched them. bathroom-lights-pendants-before

These lights do give off a fair amount of light, so I want to make sure I replace them with lighting that illuminates the space. Even though we do have other lights in the room, the pendants do come in handy to light the area near the mirror.

I also don’t want to have to reconfigure any of the electrical or mount anything on the wall by the mirror. Instead they must come from the same spot that these are already in, so it’s a quick switch. lightbulb-pendants-before

Other than those must-haves, I have NO CLUE what to do. More pendants? Small flush-mount fixtures? HELP?!master-bathroom-pendants-beforeThe other metals in this space are chrome, and the sinks are stainless steel. So I suppose I will stay within that family of metallics to keep a cohesive look.

Do I keep the pendants and go for something a bit more dramatic, instead of these dinky silver pendants?

carla-aston-pendant-lightsPhoto via Carla Aston

I do like the look of something a bit larger like the inspiration picture above. Or maybe I should go for a minimalistic flush-mount that wouldn’t make a big statement, but instead would just add some light. master-bathroom-lights

Now I’m looking for your help…what do you guys think I should do? Does anyone else have pendants in their bathroom? Anyone have trouble with rust on their light fixtures in the bathrooms? I’m all ears!

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  • Marty Oravetz (A Stroll Thru L

    I love the larger pendants with white shades. Maybe do something not quite so large and still use white shades. We found the light we get from the white shades in our bathroom make a world of difference. Love them.

    • Oh good to know Marty! Do you have pendants in your bathroom too?

  • Marty Oravetz (A Stroll Thru L

    I love the larger pendants with white shades. Maybe do something not quite so large and still use white shades. We found the light we get from the white shades in our bathroom make a world of difference. Love them.

    • Oh good to know Marty! Do you have pendants in your bathroom too?

  • Marty Oravetz (A Stroll Thru L

    No, ours are wall mounted, but the new ones have those white shades and they make a world of difference.

  • Marty Oravetz (A Stroll Thru L

    No, ours are wall mounted, but the new ones have those white shades and they make a world of difference.

  • Trang

    The ones you currently have look too small for the space. However, your inspiration photo appears to be too large for your bathroom. Maybe something in between. I have recessed ceiling lights and wall sconce lighting in my bathroom, but I do love the pendant look.

    • Totally agree, Trang. It was hard for me to find pendants in a bathroom for inspiration…I guess it’s not very common. That’s why I’m struggling to find something good. What are your thoughts on 2 flush mounts?

  • Trang

    The ones you currently have look too small for the space. However, your inspiration photo appears to be too large for your bathroom. Maybe something in between. I have recessed ceiling lights and wall sconce lighting in my bathroom, but I do love the pendant look.

    • Totally agree, Trang. It was hard for me to find pendants in a bathroom for inspiration…I guess it’s not very common. That’s why I’m struggling to find something good. What are your thoughts on 2 flush mounts?

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl good luck on the lights! Take you time and choose wisely!

    • Thanks Shawnna! That’s the plan, let’s hope I can find something good 🙂

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl good luck on the lights! Take you time and choose wisely!

    • Thanks Shawnna! That’s the plan, let’s hope I can find something good 🙂

  • Kristen Ayotte

    I like the idea of adding more substantial pendants, add a bit of drama! Good luck in your search!

  • Kristen Ayotte

    I like the idea of adding more substantial pendants, add a bit of drama! Good luck in your search!

  • Amy Cheng

    Good luck! That is not an easy decision.
    We have recessed lighting in our master bathroom that is on a dimmer. Love it! Especially the dimmer.
    But if you really want pendants, I love the ones that are glass pendants.

    https://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?index=7&photoId=109523&spaceId=2&currentPage=4

  • Amy Cheng

    Good luck! That is not an easy decision.
    We have recessed lighting in our master bathroom that is on a dimmer. Love it! Especially the dimmer.
    But if you really want pendants, I love the ones that are glass pendants.

    https://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?index=7&photoId=109523&spaceId=2&currentPage=4

  • Ryan Malone

    Pendants over a vanity are done fairly often and there’s lots of inspiration out there. Definitely don’t replace them with flushmounts! I say you go with either simple socket on a cord fixtures (for the exposed bulb look) or some kind of globe pendant. Both cb2 and Cedar & Moss have great options. Either way, you want to maximize the amount of light you get from each fixture since it’s a bathroom. And for sure put those bad boys on a dimmer. Good luck!

    • Thanks for the insight Ryan! I think that may be exactly what we do!

  • Ryan Malone

    Pendants over a vanity are done fairly often and there’s lots of inspiration out there. Definitely don’t replace them with flushmounts! I say you go with either simple socket on a cord fixtures (for the exposed bulb look) or some kind of globe pendant. Both cb2 and Cedar & Moss have great options. Either way, you want to maximize the amount of light you get from each fixture since it’s a bathroom. And for sure put those bad boys on a dimmer. Good luck!

    • Thanks for the insight Ryan! I think that may be exactly what we do!

  • disqus_9pwO9tYLQ5

    Do you have a bathroom fan in the master bathroom? If not it would definitely be worth it to add one in the future. If the moisture is building up that much in the bathroom it will wreak havok on everything in the long run.
    It sounds like I’m in the minority here, but the pendant lights look a little odd to me against the mirror. I’d probably go for a semi-flushmount.

    Or you could go with a low profile one like this, which is close to having a recessed light without having to rewire for can lights: http://www.wayfair.com/Flush-Mount-S93-KLR1056.html

    • We do have a fan in there, and when I noticed the rust I even changed it to a more powerful motor and swapped it out for a humidistat that automatically goes on when the humidity goes on. But I think the damage was already done for these rusty pendants!

      And I feel ya on the pendants. When we moved in I was so confused as to why the heck they had pendants in a bathroom against the tall mirror! Not sure what I’m gonna do.

  • disqus_9pwO9tYLQ5

    Do you have a bathroom fan in the master bathroom? If not it would definitely be worth it to add one in the future. If the moisture is building up that much in the bathroom it will wreak havok on everything in the long run.
    It sounds like I’m in the minority here, but the pendant lights look a little odd to me against the mirror. I’d probably go for a semi-flushmount.

    Or you could go with a low profile one like this, which is close to having a recessed light without having to rewire for can lights: http://www.wayfair.com/Flush-Mount-S93-KLR1056.html

    • We do have a fan in there, and when I noticed the rust I even changed it to a more powerful motor and swapped it out for a humidistat that automatically goes on when the humidity goes on. But I think the damage was already done for these rusty pendants!

      And I feel ya on the pendants. When we moved in I was so confused as to why the heck they had pendants in a bathroom against the tall mirror! Not sure what I’m gonna do.