Tile expert Isaac Ostrom shows you how to make and install a highly functional LED lighted shower niche that can be used for storage or a night light.
“These niches are all the rage in the tile installation,” Ostrom says in the video. “If you see a shower, on Pinterest [and] Instagram, it’s going to have a niche in it. What we’ve been doing is putting dimmable LED waterproof lighting in the back of the niches so it acts as an accent light.”
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The main electrical components of the project include an LED lighting strip (he recommends a foot-long roll), a speaker cable, and a magnetic dimmable driver that converts 120 volts to 12 volts. If a builder isn’t familiar with setting up electrical systems, Ostrom recommends asking a local electrician to help find the parts.
Ostrom uses the Schluter Kerdi Board as a base. He discovered that the LED light strip fits into the Schluter DECO-SG Profile, which provides a waterproof place for the strip once he covers it with 100 percent silicone sealant.
The LED light strips sit in the top and bottom of the niche. Once it is done, builders can install the niche into the shower wall. With its dimmable feature, the system can be used as a night light, Ostrom says.
Ostrom and Marissa Ostrom, his wife, run O. Tile. They have been in the remodeling business since 2002, according to the company's website.
See the video above for more info on the building process.