Shower-stall lights provide needed illumination in dark areas. They help you see where your bathroom necessities (like soap and shampoo) are located. They also prevent falls and other accidents.
If the lights are installed correctly, they will be waterproof and completely safe to use. There are, however, certain safety considerations to heed before you begin.
Turn off the electricity to the entire house from the breaker. You increase the risk of accidents if you only shut off the circuit.
Remove the old shower-stall light cover by prying it loose from the light housing. Remove the housing completely. You may need to carefully break the cover and remove the broken pieces.
Pry the light housing or light cover with a flathead screwdriver or putty knife; use a hammer to get the screwdriver or knife under the shroud. Be patient as you pry, and do it slowly so you don’t damage any surrounding shower surfaces.
With a wet cloth, clean the area where the light housing was, then dry.
Replace the light cover (unless you removed the entire housing). To replace the light cover, measure the diameter of the housing to get an appropriate replacement. If you removed the entire housing, the replacement will have the light cover on it.
Measure the hole from which you removed the housing (if you did so). Purchase an appropriately sized replacement that will fit into the hole. Follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.
Tips & Warnings
- Follow all manufacturers’ instructions when replacing the parts to ensure proper waterproofing.
- Turn off all electricity before starting.
- Make sure your wiring-wand circuit will support your new light before installing. If you are replacing regular lighting with incandescent, this step is a must, as you will most likely need to rewire to more amps.
- Light covers or replacement lights
- Flathead screwdriver
- Putty knife
- Measuring tape
- Special Thanks to Erica Gold for the lovely photo!