Guide to Bathroom Lighting
Bathroom lighting has special needs when compared to other areas of the house, the lighting needs to be bright and vibrant to give you good visibility. This can be achieved with a variety of techniques. The most ideal scheme would be flexible enough to ensure a bright and crisp light for the early morning for personal grooming and makeup application to a softer more romantic lighting scheme for relaxation in the evening. This can be achieved by installing different layers of lighting. Modern technology now allows for the use of many different types of lighting in the bathroom including wall lights, floor lights and even dimmer switches.
When installing Bathroom Lighting it is always best to seek advice from a qualified electrician. Bathrooms are subject to strict wiring regulation and this must always be taken into consideration when choosing your light fittings to ensure that they are suitable for the area of the Bathroom that they will operate in.
We trust that the following information will help to answer most of your bathroom lighting questions. You will find links above to our carefully selected bathroom lighting ranges. Please feel free to contact our fully trained staff at any time if you do require further assistance in selecting your Bathroom Lighting.
Our Bathroom Lighting Range Consists of
- Bathroom wall lights
- Bathroom Ceiling Light
- Bathroom Spotlights
- Above Mirror Light
- Illuminated Mirrors and Cabinets
- Shower Lights
For a definitive guide on how to make the most of your bathroom lighting, and how to create specific lighting scenes, please click here for our Bathroom Lighting Guide from astro Lighting.
Wall Lights can be used in the Bathroom to good effect, they can be mounted either side of a mirror to give face illumination or used in a variety of other ways to create mood lighting effects. Our extensive range has been selected to give you wide selection of Wall Lights to choose. From Traditional to Modern.
Ceiling Lights again come in a wide choice and bearing in mind our previous comments, Bright Halogen Downlights in either low voltage or mains version will give a good overall light as will flush florescent ceiling lights many of which have the advantage of being low energy.
Spotlights can be best used to introduce a level of background lighting or to highlight a specific part of the Bathroom, you may want to spotlight your new bright chrome designer taps or a piece of fine artwork, remembering both ceiling lights and spotlights can be controlled by the use of a Bathroom Dimmer Switch.
Mirrors should have special attention and both above and side mirror lights with diffused glass will give an excellent general illumination for personal grooming and makeup application. As an alternative you may wish to consider one or two mains or low voltage halogen Downlights from the ceiling directly above your mirror.
Our large illuminated Bathroom Mirror and Cabinet range will have you spoilt for choice .These Latest generation products incorporate lights into the mirrors themselves, some being back lit to create stunning effects. Others in the range other the facility and convenience of a built in shaver socket, many are movement activated. Their modern classic design will we are sure get your creative side fired up.
Light fittings designed for within the shower area offer a new dimension to your daily showers, most fittings are of the downlight version coming in a choice of colour finishes as well as crisp cut glass versions giving an extra touch of luxury. All our shower lights are manufactured for use in Zone 1 and must be carefully fitted according to the instructions.
All information given regarding Bathroom Lighting is a guide to help you understand what fittings can be placed where. This is not an installation guide and professional advice should be sought from a fully qualified electrician before any installation work is commenced.
Bathroom Zones Explained
It is important to understand the rating by which bathroom and some outdoor lights are classified. IP rating stands for ‘Ingress Protection' and is always followed by two characters. The first of these two numbers refer to level of protection from foreign bodies entering the fitting. The second of the two numbers is the protection against water ingress, the higher the numbers the higher the protection. It is important that you choose fittings with the correct rating according to where they are to be installed within the bathroom.
- Zone O
- The interior of bathtub or shower tray – IPX7 and low voltage supply (max 12 Volt).
- Zone 1
- The Perimeter of bathtub or shower tray up to a height of 2.25 meter above the floor- IPX4 Use IPX5 where water jets are used for cleaning purposes. If the fitting is 240v a 30ma residual current device (RCD) must also be used to protect the circuit in this zone.
- Zone 2
- The Perimeter 0.6 meter wide around Zone 1 and 0.75 meter above Zone 1 – IPX4. Use IPX5 where water jets are used for cleaning purposes.
- Zone 3
- The Perimeter 2.4 meter wide around zone 2 and 0.75 meter above Zone 2 - Use IPX5 where water jets are used for cleaning purposes. Otherwise no specified IP rating required although lights should be suitable for their location and provide adequate protection against electric shock.
The space under the bath tub is Zone 1 if accessible without the use of a tool or outside the Zones if accessible only with the use of a tool.