Yes, for safety reasons the electrical parts of all bathroom lights to be installed near a water source such as a bath, shower or sink, need to be sealed against water ingress to prevent electric shocks. Bathroom lights are given an IP rating to show how well protected they are from water ingress. All bathroom lights fitted in zones 2 & 3 require an IP rating of 44 or above. All our bathroom lighting is IP-rated 44.
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Good bathroom lighting should involve both general and local lighting to cover the different ways we may use the space. Even small bathrooms benefit from having more than one source of light.Central ceiling lights - great for providing all-round general lighting for going to the toilet, bathing, showering and cleaning.Wall lights - strategically placed to provide local lighting around a mirror and sink or vanity unit for specific tasking like washing putting on make-up shaving etc.Ambient lighting - to create a calm soothing space to relax in.
Generally, bathroom wall lights are fitted above or either side of a mirror over sink units as we tend to block any general light when we stand in front of it. It also ensures you can see adequately for shaving, brushing your teeth and putting on make-up. We suggest wall lights are installed at eye level, or just above to avoid casting shadows. You need to consider the height of your ceiling, the size of your mirror and features like windows, doorways, architraves and dado rails. If in doubt, use the 'rule of thirds' and fit the lights two thirds the way up the wall.
If you have a small bathroom, or bathroom with a low ceiling, it is worth considering a flush mounted ceiling light that will not take up too much space and will ensure you don't hit your head. If you have a larger bathroom or one with a high ceiling, you could consider using hanging pendant lights as these will add character to a space as well as provide great general lighting. We offer a wide range of glass ceiling and pendant lights that are IP rated for use in bathrooms.
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 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.
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Our lighter pendant lights are supplied with 50cm of flex or braided cable only, and can be cut to length on installation. However, we recommend that our heavier outdoor and porch pendant lights, that are supplied with 100cm of chain/cable, are cut to length in our workshop as a bespoke modification. If you require longer lengths of chain/cable, we can do this for you as a bespoke modification for a small additional cost upon request.
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