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What lights should I use in my bathroom?

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What lights can I use in a bathroom?

Water and electricity do not mix well, so first and foremost, you must familiarise yourself with the necessary safety aspects. There are four different bathroom zones (Zone 0, Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3). Each one has strict regulations about the type of lights that can be used in it. Your chosen bathroom lighting must comply with these requirements, in terms of supply voltage and ingress protection (IP) rating. So be sure to check these before you buy!

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It might sound complicated, but IP ratings are fairly straightforward. The first digit denotes how well protected a light fitting is against foreign objects, such as dust. The higher the number, the greater the protection. The second digit refers to the level of liquid protection (very important in a bathroom!). For example, a zero offers no protection. Zone 0 is the area inside your bath or shower. Any fitting in this zone must be low voltage, and rated at least IP67, which is completely immersion-proof. If you’re feeling flush, specialist shower lights, such as the Crosswater Rio Spectrum Shower Head with Light, are the ultimate luxury option.

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How to light a bathroom

Once you’ve sorted the safety aspects, it’s time to think about what you’d like your lights to achieve. Of course, we all adore the idea of flattering mood lighting. But so-called task lighting (for shaving, makeup application etc) is also vital. And don’t forget your accent bathroom lighting! This allows you to create a little extra drama or character. In fact, you can also draw attention to elements you’d like to stand out. With so much choice, it’s really not surprising that many people feel so confused about how to light a bathroom!

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The ceiling can be a good place to start. Nowadays there are plenty of design choices, that combine both function and form. If you like the minimalist look, choose a flush fitting ceiling light. Or for something more eye-catching, why not choose a bathroom chandelier?

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While you’re considering what type of light to choose for your bathroom, make sure you include downlights and spotlights. You can choose the exact number you need to light your space, so they’re very versatile. They provide discreet and even illumination. And some downlights even allow you to angle the beam – an easy way to highlight specific areas.

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The wonder of walls

Soft wall lights are the perfect choice to evoke a subtle, subdued mood. Install fittings that work independently to your main lighting. Then you can use them to create a relaxing ambience. So, this way you can relax and unwind in the bath after a long, hard day. If you can’t stretch to a full lighting overhaul, your wall area offers an easy DIY bathroom fix. Simply update your space with an illuminated mirror. There are plenty of different styles available, to suit both contemporary and classically styled bathrooms.

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Illuminated cabinets are another clever contemporary bathroom lighting option. These multi-taking marvels are also a great way to make a small bathroom seem bigger. The more advanced models, such as the Bauhaus Allure 700mm Illuminated Mirrored Cabinet, incorporate storage, shaver/charging sockets and anti-mist technology. Best of all, the ambient LED lighting is operated by a no touch on/off sensor, for maximum ease and convenience.

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Traditional bathroom lighting

We understand that not everyone is mad about modern. Vintage bathrooms, featuring a retro/heritage-inspired décor, are enduringly popular. A timeless bathroom space calls for traditional bathroom lighting. Browse antique bathroom lights, Art Deco style fittings and even old-school chandeliers. Choose chiffon pleat shade wall lights to replicate that retro hotel-chic look.

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If you’re a fan of Victorian bathroom lighting, look out for fittings in brass, antique gold and polished nickel, to emphasise the period look and feel. Frosted glass shades will also complement a retro bathroom décor.

These days even traditional lights harness modern technology, in the guise of energy-saving bulbs. That said, LED lighting is more energy efficient. But remember, one of the best ways to save energy is simply to turn off all your bathroom lights as soon as you leave the room!

Looking for the right materials to provide the perfect finishing touches to your bathroom? Read our blog post on How to find the right material for your bathroom taps.

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