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turn your bathroom into a convenient and relaxing living space!
The bathroom deserves a few good lamps. It is not just a room where you tidy yourself up, wash yourself and brush your hair. It is a space where we live.
Does this sound a little over the top? Then try to put on your make-up or to shave without good mirror lighting or to not trip over the full laundry basket without a proper ceiling lamp.
The bathroom becomes a real living area thanks to the small but subtle extras in the lighting. Here we are talking about dimmable LED panels that come with EasyDim technology or smart LED bathroom lights with colour change function.
Which lighting is best for bathrooms?
The bathroom is a living area – even if you might think that the bathroom has nothing in common with a living room. Just like every other living space, the bathroom should have lamps which provide at least general and local lighting:
- general lighting for orientation
- local lighting for specific visual tasks, such as putting on make-up or shaving
- ambience lighting for a comfortable mood
General lighting is key for orientation – for example when you need the toilet, sort the laundry, or simply clean the bathroom. Local lighting in the bathroom is needed at the mirror. It allows you to put on your make-up, shave or wash without any shadows. Ambience lighting transforms the bathroom into calming area of well-being.
Bathroom ceiling lights
Ceiling lights provide general lighting in the bathroom. A popular design is white with chrome-coloured elements which promotes a clean and elegant look and fits to most bathrooms. Not YOUR bathroom? No problem, we offer ceiling lights in a vintage or country-house design, too.
Bathroom wall lights
Wall lights are commonly installed by the mirror. However, you can use wall lights to support the general lighting in the bathroom, too. In this case, ensure that there is no glare. The light bulb shouldn’t be visible and the light fitting is best to be mounted on the top third of the wall or at a height of approx. 1.70 to 1.80 m.
In small bathrooms you may want to choose lighting that does not take up any additional space. Downlights are not only practical, they simply look stylish! This is why there’re used in many hotels and swimming pools, too. Please note that you need a suspended plasterboard ceiling in the bathroom for installing downlights.
Spotlights for the bathroom
Multiple-bulb spotlights can light up a bathroom evenly. Pay attention to freedom from glare here too. Lying in the bath and looking directly at a bright light bulb really has nothing to do with feeling comfortable!
Mirror lights in the bathroom
We need mirror lights because we often block the general lighting when we stand in front of the mirror. This causes shadows to form on your face. To prevent shadows the mirror lamp is used in the bathroom as an additional light source. These lamps have a very good colour rendering of at least Ra 80 and are completely free from glare.
LED lighting in the bathroom
LED lighting is an excellent choice in the bathroom. Whether it’s an LED downlight, an LED spotlight or an LED ceiling light. LED bathroom lights save energy and are easy to maintain thanks to the durable lighting technology. You should always ensure that there is very good colour rendering and that the level of brightness is appropriate for your needs. This is especially important in the case of built-in LEDs because these cannot be replaced later on.
How many lumens are appropriate for the bathroom (per m²)?
“How many light sources do I need in the bathroom and how bright do these have to be?” There is no standard answer to this question! It’s important to take the nature of the room into account, such as the colour of the walls and the tiles or the dimensions, angles, cabinets and more. The lighting must be tailored precisely to the room and what is suitable for one bathroom may be far too dark, or even too bright, for another one.
Don’t want to tackle it yourself? Well, you don’t have to do it on your own. Here at lights.co.uk, we provide top-rated lighting advice. Why not contact our specialist advisors? Their contact details can be found below.
Which IP codes are necessary for lights in the bathroom?
Please make sure that your bathroom lights have the right IP code - Moisture and electricity is a life-threatening combination!
Please note: always leave the installation of bathroom lights to an electrician.
They know the safety regulations of DIN VDE 0100 Part 701 best. These include everything to ensure your safety in a moisture-prone room.
A bathroom is subdivided into various protection zones. The centre of these zones is the shower or the bath – zone 0. Every protection zone has its own stipulations for bathroom lights.
Protection zone 0: within the shower or the bath. Only safety extra-low voltage of up to 12 volts and at least IP code IPX7 can be used.
Protection zone 1: vertical limit of bath or shower. Only safety extra-low voltage of up to 12 volts and at least IP code IPX4 can be used. Outside of a shower, the zone applies up to 120 cm from the spray head. Height limit in both cases: 2.25 m.
Protection zone 2: 60 cm adjacent to protection zone 1. At least IP code IPX4. In the case of jet water, e.g. for massage heads, at least IP code IPX5.
Transformers should not be used in protection zones 0 and 1. Power points and switches should not be placed in protection zones 0, 1 and 2.