When we first moved into our NJ house a year ago, an electrician told us that we would not be able to install the surface mount light fixture we had bought because any lighting near or above a bath/shower had to be recessed lighting. I am going to install an exhaust fan and I see that there are several light/fan combos in the exact same surface-mount style we wanted to install originally. Is what he said correct--that because this is not a recessed style we can't install it above the shower even if it has an exhaust fan inside it?

Also, this bathroom is extremely tiny. Picture looking up at the ceiling and seeing an "L" shape. This L is the available flat surface for a light/fan combo. The longer section if the L sits just above a bath tub and is that same size approximately. The shorter section is above the vanity. There is also a sloped section of ceiling that extends downward from the short section of the L parallel and alongside the longer section of the L. What is the most appropriate place for an exhaust fan in this type of room--a light/fan combo on one of the flat sections of the L or an exhaust fan on the slope vented directly out to the roof? With the shower curtain blocking the only available light from the vanity, it would be nice to get some light into the tub...

Thanks!