Bathroom Lighting can be a baffling and confusing subject to many trying to choose safe, attractive and suitable lighting for their luxury home spas and wet rooms! For many of us building, renovating or up dating our homes our bathrooms have now become a major consideration. We spend a lot more time in the bathroom pampering and relaxing and, with a growing market in men’s grooming products it means both men and women are enjoying the sanctuary of the bathroom.
This means the bathroom or shower room, whether small or palatial should have sufficient ambient lighting, allowing us to safely navigate through the steam, avoiding any stubbed toes! This is traditionally ceiling mounted and may vary in its required IP rating (safety requirements), which are all based on the proximity of water sources. Typically choosing fittings with a rating of IP44 are likely to be sufficient for most bathrooms. Unless inside a shower enclosure or directly over a shower/ bath and, here is it necessary to use a fitting rated IP65 or above (IP67). There are now many styles available, whether looking for simple round light fittings with opal diffusers for an even distribution, adjustable spot light plates and bars for ultimate flexibility or something considerably more decorative, individual and chic, such as tiered glass downlights and even contemporary chandeliers.
Then there is task lighting to consider, which is essential when applying make up or shaving. This can be provided by individual wall mounted lights or incorporated within mirrors and cabinets. There are many wall light designs to choose from, some designed to be positioned horizontally over a mirror and sink area and many such over mirror lights come with built in shaver sockets which are great for electric toothbrush too! Others can be mounted vertically to either side of a mirror; an arrangement like this can be very affective at eliminating shadows.
Alternatively all of the above can be catered for with a complete illuminated shaving mirror and cabinet. Sand blasted glass panels allow plenty of diffused, even light through to facilitate with make up and shaving. Smaller illuminated vanity mirrors can be a very useful addition and offer added features such as magnification of 3x or 5x, tilt and single or bi-fold arms designed to extend and retract according to users individual needs.
Once ambient and task lighting sources have been decided a third lighting layer could be incorporated into the lighting design scheme. In other rooms in the home this might be achieved with table and floor lamps, in kitchens we often use interior cabinet lights and recessed plinth lights. This third layer is often called Decorative or Mood lighting and as a light source can be most effective in creating a desired atmosphere taking on many forms; recessed ceiling lighting or sunken floor uplighters with programmable LED colour changing technology, low level wash lighting similar to that we might use in kitchen plinths and exterior decking!
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