How to Light Up Your Bathroom
Regular readers of this blog will know how much we love lighting, well designed bathroom lighting can change the look and feel of a bathroom, creating the perfect space whenever you use it.
Sometimes you will need bright, clear focused lighting, for tasks such as shaving or putting on make-up and other times you will want a soft background light whilst you relax in the bath.
A good lighting scheme will cater for all these needs and take account of all safety criteria as water and electricity must be mixed with care.
We begin your lighting design by considering what natural daylight you have available and determine how you will use the bathroom, asking questions such as, do you have any features you want to enhance, and what kind of ambience you want to create?
The days of one central light in the centre of the room are long gone, we recommend that multiple lights are used to create layers. There is so much choice when it comes to products from a statement chandelier for over the bath to discreet LED strips around the base of the bath.
We usually start at the basin as this often has a mirror above which can also incorporate lighting. Modern mirror lighting utilises no dot technology LED lighting. In a small bathroom, an illuminated mirror may be sufficient for the basin area but diffused task lighting can be added either side.
A recessed light in the ceiling is a good place to start for the shower but you can also add more dramatic colour with a chromotherapy shower, which has a coloured LED shower head.
Mood lighting can be added in recesses, around the plinths and even inside the drawers. If lighting is required at night then lights that come on automatically via a presence detector when someone enters are a good idea. These can be at low-level or an LED strip under a vanity or bath panel. This will ensure that the light is muted so as not to wake others in the house.
Finally whilst there are many gorgeous products available that are suitable for bathrooms they must be appropriate for the right zones. Bathroom lights have an IP (ingress protection) rating; the higher it is, the more protection it has. The room is divided into three zones from 0-2. Zone 0 is inside the bath or shower itself so any fitting used must be rated at least IP67, which is immersion proof. Zone 2 is furthest away from the water and here an IP rating of at least IP44 is required.