How much consideration have you put into the lighting for your bathroom? While we always worry about which bathroom suite and tiles we like, our lighting is generally not queried.
Yet getting the lighting right is an essential part of remodelling your bathroom. Gaining the perfect glow in a simple flick of a switch can transform your space from dingy to delightful.
How To Choose The Best LED Lights For The Bathroom?
When choosing your bathroom light, the most important thing to consider is whether they are safe to use. There are often special requirements to keep in mind with bathroom lighting. We all know, of course, that water and electricity do not mix well.
Each light fitting is given an IP rating to help you figure out which lighting you can use in a bathroom. Such ratings are used globally and refer to the degree to which lighting fixtures prevent water from getting inside them.
When choosing your bathroom light, you need to make sure that you select the correct IP rating for the bathroom zone in which you are going to put it.
Where Are Lighting Zones in The Bathroom?
In addition to IP ratings, to choose your lighting, you also need to know your bathroom zones. Bathrooms are divided into four zones, based on the amount of water that’s present.
Here’s a quick low down on which IP rating is required for lights in specific areas of the bathroom:
- Zone 0 – this applies to lights that are fully submerged in water, for example, inside a bath or wetroom floor. Those lights will require IP67.
- Zone 1 – these are the lights that you place directly above your bath or shower. You will also need an IP67 ranking.
- Zone 2 – this is probably the most common requirement for bathroom lighting in home bathrooms. Typically it covers the perimeters of your zone 1 area, plus your sink radius. This will require IP44 rated illumination.
- Zone 3 – is anywhere outside the above areas where no jet water can be allowed. No special lighting is required in this area of your bathroom, although minimum IP20 is highly recommended.
The Best LED Bathroom Wall Lights
Wall lights offer a more atmospheric glow, and are typically not the only lights in the room, they are used instead to accentuate different areas.
- Best used for a vanity light around mirrors
- To avoid shadows, mount wall lights at eye level rather than above a mirror
- Low voltage is often preferred to a more flattering level of light
- Use a dimmer to control the brilliance you need
- When you have a dark recess in your bathroom, add the light in a wall to revive it
The Best Ceiling Downlights For The Bathroom
Ceiling lights are often the main light sources in a bathroom. Try not to make them too bright, as this could make the room too bright and it could be too harsh on your eyes – especially is white bathroom suites for larger bathrooms, place lights at the edges of the room instead of in the centre for a clearer sense of space. Directional spotlights will allow you to accentuate various room sections.
We hope you enjoyed this post and found some great tips for your bathroom lighting in 2020.