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How to choose bathroom lighting?
|What does IP44 mean?
What is zone 1 bathroom lighting?
What is zone 2 bathroom lighting?
What are bathroom lights outside zones?
What's the difference between IP44 lights and regular lights?
We frequently get asked about the appropriate lights for use in the bathroom. A bathroom is a multi-use environment so lighting needs to be suitable for both functional tasks such as shaving or applying make-up as well as conducive to relaxing in after a long day. ⇪
Recessed bathroom lighting describes spotlight fixtures mounted onto the ceiling in a way that allows them to blend in with the architecture of the space. Thanks to their practical design, recessed lights can be used above shower cabins and bath tubs. ⇪
Electricity and water do not make good bedfellows, so bathroom lighting zones are used for guidance on how to safely light your bathroom for all intended uses. Bathroom lighting zones serve as a guide to what bathroom lights can go where in your bathroom. The distinction between different zones is based on how exposed the lighting in each area will be to water.
Depending on how high the risk of water entry is in each zone, you will need bathroom fixtures with the appropriate protection. To avoid electrocution, your bathroom lights have an IP rating which indicates which zones you can use them in. ⇪
An IP code is an International Protection marking which indicates a standard of protection against intrusion from factors such as human contact, dust and water. IP44 specifically indicates protection from the intrusion of water. Lights which are IP44 rated are designed for use in bathrooms and other environments where water spray is a risk.
Not all bathroom lights are at risk of water intrusion and therefore may not need to be IP44 rated.
Whether your bathroom lights need to be IP44 rated depends on where you're going to position them, specifically how far away from a water source. The diagram below illustrates the 'zones' that require IP44 lights.
There are also a number of ways you can convert non-IP44 lights for bathroom use. If you're keen on pendant lighting for your bathroom, you can adjust the length of the flex so the light isn't hanging too low above your sink. It's easy to keep your bathroom pendant out of the splash zone above the bath or sink – just lifting a fixture a few centimetres could mean it will be in the next zone!
We always advise caution, but there's no need to give up on your dream bathroom fixture because of IP44 rating. So long as it's high enough, or far enough away, to be outside zone 2, or protected by sensible shade that keeps water splashes out, your bathroom ceiling light is a go!
Zone one refers to the area above the bath to a height of 2.25m (7' 4") from the floor. The recommended IP rating for lights in this area is IP65, meaning the light is protected against low pressure jets of water from the shower. If the light is 240V then a 30ma residual current circuit breaker (RCCD) must also be installed to protect the circuit within this zone.
Zone 2 refers to the area 60cm (1' 11") around the perimeter of the bath or shower and to a height of 2.25m (7' 4") from the floor. It is also usually suggested to consider the area around a sink, within a 60cm (1' 11") radius of a tap to be considered as zone 2. A minimum IP rating of IP44 is required in this zone.
Zone 3 refers to anywhere outside of zones 0, 1, and 2. There is no need to use IP rated fittings in this zone however if there is any chance of a direct water jet being used for cleaning purposes in zones 1, 2 and 3 a fitting rated a minimum of IP65 must be used.
It is also sensible to apply an element of common sense. If a light fitting is within a steamy bathroom but just outside of zone 2, for example, consider if an IP44 light fitting may be more appropriate. ⇪
The visible difference of an IP44 bathroom light from Fritz Fryer will be its lamp, or 'bulb', which is a very tiny G9 fitting surrounded by a protective capsule. This is important to consider because you will not be able to use a feature lamp, such as a Squirrel Cage filament bulb.
Most of our lights can be converted for bathroom use, excluding adjustable fittings such as the spotlights and adjustable reading lights. If you've seen a light on our website that you'd like to use in your bathroom which isn't in our bathroom range then please contact us to enquire. ⇪
The brightness of your bathroom lighting is determined by the main purpose of the fixtures. Naturally, task lighting needs to provide ample brightness for shaving and doing makeup. Bathroom vanity lights will be the brightest ones in the room, and will be positioned in a way that illuminates the face evenly. We recommend bathroom wall lights such as sconces for the task.
Meanwhile, the ambient lighting in the room needn't be as bright, as its main purpose is to create a relaxing mood. Think soaking in a bath tub or having a face mask – you want soft lights that invite you to lean into the comfort of the space. ⇪
Wattage is a confusing issue as the traditional wattage rating of a light bulb included the heat it gave off, making comparisons to LED lamps vague at best. We supply a G9, 2.5w LED lamp in all our bathroom fittings, which, extremely roughly, would be 25w in old money.
It sounds dim in those terms, but we find this works best for most customers placing them either side of a mirror and can easily be replaced with a brighter LED if needed. Other than for task lighting, keep it low to create the right ambience for unwinding and total relaxation. ⇪
The safest and simplest solution is hiring professionals to install your bathroom lighting. Whether it's a straightforward installation or a more elaborate project, it's always best to leave it to the experts, especially where water and electricity are concerned.
If in doubt about the types of lighting fixtures you can have in your bathroom, consult the electrician who will be installing the lights. Be aware that some electricians are unhappy installing anything but IP44 lights anywhere in the bathroom, whatever the regulations. ⇪