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Bathroom lighting ideas

Bathrooms are stripped down rooms, few soft furnishing, lots of hard surfaces and a fair collection of glass, chrome, and other shiny white surfaces. Ensuring the lighting is right in your bathroom is important because getting it wrong could be something that you have to live with every day.

Balance is important. Aim for general lighting that provides good light levels with a wide distribution of light. In a smaller bathroom this could be a single light fixture, whereas a larger room would benefit from a dozen downlights.

Break the space into zones on a piece of paper and remember these principals:

- Do not put a downlight directly over a sink but use one either side to reduce shadows.
- Putting a downlight in a shower cubicle is great, but does not work so well over a WC.
- Shadows are your enemy and soft light is your ally. Opal glass diffuses light, metal reflects or blocks.

Finally, choosing the correct light does not mean spending large amounts of money, Lighting Styles offers many budget bathroom lighting options and still obtain great results. We hope we can help you have the type of bathroom you deserve.

Bathroom Lighting Zones - Showers

Bathroom Lighting Zones - Showers

IEE Wiring Regulations – Showers

Regardless of whether a shower is enclosed or part of a wet room similar rules apply.

The walls directly next to the shower are regarded as Zone 1. This extends to a height of 2.25 metres from floor level.

In this area any light fixtures must have a minimum ingress protection of IPx4 (or IPx5 if there is a likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning).

In wet rooms with a wall fixed shower head the wall is regarded as zone 1. The zone extend 1.2 metres to the left and right of the shower head.  On the floor (and up the wall to a height of 150mm)  is regarded as zone 0.  In zone 0 we do not support the use of anything other than lighting specifically designed for use in a bath or jacuzzi.

Adjacent areas

Adjacent to the vertical boundary of Zone 1 is regarded as Zone 2. This also extends 2.25 metres above the finished floor level.

In zone 2, like zone 1, any light fixtures must have a minimum ingress protection of IPx4 (or IPx5 if there is a likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning). An exception to this requirement is a shaver supply unit complying with BS EN 61558-2-5 which, although it does not meet the requirements of IP4X, is permitted in zone 2, but must be positioned where direct spray from showers is unlikely.


RCD Protection

Regulation 701.411.3.3 requires that additional protection shall be provided for all circuits of the location by the use of one or more RCDs having the characteristics specified in Regulation 415.1.1. This was a significant change introduced by the 17th Edition. This means that all circuits, including lighting, electric showers, heated towel rails, etc. requires RCD protection not exceeding 30 mA.

 

Bathroom Lighting Zones - The Bath

Bathroom Lighting Zones - The Bath

IEE Wiring Regulations - Bath tubs.

Regardless of whether a bath is free standing or against a wall similar rules apply.

The area directly next to the bath is regarded as Zone 1. This extends to a height of 2.25 metres from floor level.

In this area any light fixtures must have a minimum ingress protection of IPx4 (or IPx5 if there is a likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning).

With freestanding baths the wall below the top of the bath is also regarded as Zone 1. In enclosed baths the area below the bath is considered outside of any zones.

Inside the bath is zone 0. Any fitting used here must be SELV (max. 12V) and a minimum of IPX7 (protected against immersion in water. We do not support the use of anything other than lighting specifically designed for use in a bath or jacuzzi in zone 0.

Adjacent areas

Adjacent to the vertical boundary of Zone 1 is regarded as Zone 2. This also extends 2.25 metres above the finished floor level.

In zone 2, like zone 1, any light fixtures must have a minimum ingress protection of IPx4 (or IPx5 if there is a likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning). An exception to this requirement is a shaver socket complying with BS EN 61558-2-5 which, although it does not meet the requirements of IPx4, is permitted in zone 2. Any socket must be positioned where direct spray from showers is unlikely.


RCD Protection

Regulation 701.411.3.3 requires that additional protection shall be provided for all circuits of the location by the use of one or more RCDs having the characteristics specified in Regulation 415.1.1. This was a significant change introduced by the 17th Edition. This means that all circuits, including lighting, electric showers, heated towel rails, etc. requires RCD protection not exceeding 30 mA.

 

Vanity & Illuminated Mirrors

Vanity & Illuminated Mirrors

Everyone loves to look their best and this illuminated vanity mirror helps both men and the women.

Used to shave by it illuminates the face helping you see all those stray hairs and fine hairs that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Women love using this illuminated mirror too as it allows you to see your face close-up, in a good light making the application of make-up so much easier.  When you step away from the mirror and look in a normal magnification mirror you can’t believe how well applied your make-up is! Also it’s great for plucking your eyebrows, bit scary at first as you can see all of them but satisfying to know you’ve got all the stray ones.

There are some women who don’t like looking at themselves close-too but heh isn’t it better to see properly when making yourself up? Nothing worse badly applied make-up and tide-marks!

However having said all that about illuminated vanity mirrors, if you’ve a teenager in the house (especially a girl) you’ll NEVER get to use it yourself!

Bathroom Lighting Zones - Sinks

Bathroom Lighting Zones - Sinks

It is good practice to consider the area around a wash basin, within a 60cm radius of any tap to be considered as zone 2.

This is not regulation. However practicalities would suggest that any light fixtures used in this loaction should have a minimum ingress protection of IPx4 (or IPx5 if there is a likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning).

RCD Protection

Regulation 701.411.3.3 requires that additional protection shall be provided for all circuits of the location by the use of one or more RCDs having the characteristics specified in Regulation 415.1.1. This was a significant change introduced by the 17th Edition. This means that all circuits, including lighting, electric showers, heated towel rails, etc. requires RCD protection not exceeding 30 mA.

 

How to Look Good in the Morning

How to Look Good in the Morning

Everyone likes to see how they look in the morning and the bathroom mirror will be the first place you will catch sight of yourself.  Those who tell you otherwise will be fibbing, we all secretly like to check to see if another wrinkle has crept in overnight or if our hair is sticking up like a baboons. 

If the bathroom has an illuminated mirror or cabinet, you can see straight away all the crooks and cranies of your face and hopefully still love what you see!  Either of these fixtures will provide a good source of light to what can be the smallest room and you will be able to put right all the wrong that happened during the night! And, if you have an illuminated cabinet, you can easily find face cream, a comb, hair gel and in no time you will go from baboon to beauty in a flash.

Make mornings a happy time and never believe your friends when they tell you they wake up looking great EVERY morning - now they are fibbing!

Bathroom Lighting Design. Where To Start?

Bathroom Lighting Design. Where To Start?

So you have spent what usually amounts to a large amount of money to ensure you have a great bathroom and now you need to add the lighting.  Those bare bulbs, dusty pleated shades and cheap glass bulkhead lights should not be appearing in a modern, clean and stylish bathroom.  With a little guidance you can obtain lighting that not only looks fantastic but also provides the right lighting for your space.  Many of Lighting Styles customers are looking for design advice and we are happy to offer that service at no extra cost, give the sales team a call or simply read through our pages for help and advice.

Here is our recommendation.  First start with a clean sheet ignoring the wiring and its existing locations. Think about where you would like the light in your bathroom to be and leave behind any preconceptions as recessed bathroom downlights can be used in all locations including wet areas and even within the most powerful shower cubicle.

Once you have thought about lighting your bathroom lighting look through our categories, each of which contains design tips and advice, and find what you like and work out whether it would fit into your scheme.  If you need more help or do not know where to start then read on...

Clear Glass 3 Light Fitting for Lower Ceilings

Clear Glass 3 Light Fitting for Lower Ceilings

3 Products
£215.28
Choose Brass, Copper or Chrome Finish
Bathroom LED Colour Changing Downlight

Bathroom LED Colour Changing Downlight

3 Products
£65.00
Available with or without Remote Control
Round Fluorescent Bathroom Mirror - D:600mm

Round Fluorescent Bathroom Mirror - D:600mm

 
£49.50
IP44 Rated and Pull Cord Operated
White Round LED Mirror - 3x Magnification

White Round LED Mirror - 3x Magnification

 
£119.28
Adjustable - Low Energy
Wooden Illuminated Bathroom Mirror Cabinet - Half Price
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Wooden Illuminated Bathroom Mirror Cabinet - Half Price

 
£216.79
Complete with Integral Shaving Socket
Aluminium Bathroom Cabinet with Lift Up Mirror and Light - Half Price
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Aluminium Bathroom Cabinet with Lift Up Mirror and Light - Half Price

 
£281.41
With vanity mirror, shelves and shaver socket inside
LED Polished Chrome Light with Three Opal Glass Spheres
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LED Polished Chrome Light with Three Opal Glass Spheres

 
£102.11
IP44 Rated for Bathroom Use
Adjustable Wall Light for Artwork or Mirrors IP44 Rated

Adjustable Wall Light for Artwork or Mirrors IP44 Rated

4 Products
£91.80
Two Finishes & Two Widths
LED Bathroom Cabinet with Over Mirror Light 600mm x 500mm
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LED Bathroom Cabinet with Over Mirror Light 600mm x 500mm

 
£600.00
Energy saving LEDs, Demister Pad, Shaver socket & Hand sensor
Motion Sensor Bathroom Cabinet - 600mm x 650mm

Motion Sensor Bathroom Cabinet - 600mm x 650mm

 
£248.00
Built in Dual Shaver Socket - IP44 Rated
Modern Outdoor Mast Downlight IP65 Rated

Modern Outdoor Mast Downlight IP65 Rated

3 Products
£42.16
3 Colour Options Available
Chrome & Rippled Glass IP44 Wall Light H:250mm

Chrome & Rippled Glass IP44 Wall Light H:250mm

 
£115.15
Classic & Stylish Design for Bathroom or En-Suite
White LED Bathroom Light Dia 350mm

White LED Bathroom Light Dia 350mm

 
£233.35
Includes 17.7w LED & Driver - Energy Efficient
Polished Chrome LED Wall Light - Glass Rods H:250mm

Polished Chrome LED Wall Light - Glass Rods H:250mm

 
£195.83
IP44 Rated - Ideal for Bathroom
Small Clear Shade Wall Light IP44 Rated

Small Clear Shade Wall Light IP44 Rated

3 Products
£55.40
Brushed Steel or Chrome Finish
Linear Dual LED Wall Light - Linkable, Splashproof & Stylish

Linear Dual LED Wall Light - Linkable, Splashproof & Stylish

2 Products
£221.47
Energy efficient, high quality, stylish and full of possibilities.
Tilee Wall Light by Flos
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Tilee Wall Light by Flos

 
£79.80
Polished Chrome & Blown Glass Diffuser
Polished Chrome Frame Illuminated Mirror W:900mm

Polished Chrome Frame Illuminated Mirror W:900mm

 
£500.00
Can be Mounted Horizontally or Vertically
Dual Lit LED Bathroom Cabinet 700mm x 500mm
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Dual Lit LED Bathroom Cabinet 700mm x 500mm

 
£520.00
Demister Pad & Hand Sensor Operated
LED Bathroom Cabinet with Hand sensor & Soft Close Doors
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  • 16% OFF

LED Bathroom Cabinet with Hand sensor & Soft Close Doors

 
£700.00
Up your bathroom style and storage
Flared White Glass Flush Ceiling Light IP44

Flared White Glass Flush Ceiling Light IP44

 
£66.00
Classy Duplex Glass Shade
Flush Round IP44 Opal Diffuser Ceiling Light

Flush Round IP44 Opal Diffuser Ceiling Light

 
£96.17
Includes 24w LED & Driver
Flush Mounted Glass Shaded Wall Light IP54

Flush Mounted Glass Shaded Wall Light IP54

 
£36.90
Use with a Decorative Lamp
Glass & Chrome 3 Light Fitting IP44

Glass & Chrome 3 Light Fitting IP44

 
£216.00
Wall Lights Also Available
LED Chrome Adjustable Wall Light
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LED Chrome Adjustable Wall Light

 
£145.00
Pendant Also Available
Single Spotlight - Dark Red Glass
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  • 40% OFF

Single Spotlight - Dark Red Glass

 
£27.00
Adjustable Head and Also Available in a Twin Option
Wooden Illuminated Bathroom Mirror Cabinet - Half Price
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  • 50% OFF

Wooden Illuminated Bathroom Mirror Cabinet - Half Price

 
£216.79
Complete with Integral Shaving Socket
Aluminium Bathroom Cabinet with Lift Up Mirror and Light - Half Price
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  • 50% OFF

Aluminium Bathroom Cabinet with Lift Up Mirror and Light - Half Price

 
£281.41
With vanity mirror, shelves and shaver socket inside
7w LED Fixed Fire Rated IP65 Downlight - 5 Finishes
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7w LED Fixed Fire Rated IP65 Downlight - 5 Finishes

6 Products
£37.15
Includes Dimmable LED Power Supply
LED Polished Chrome Light with Three Opal Glass Spheres
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  • 27% OFF

LED Polished Chrome Light with Three Opal Glass Spheres

 
£102.11
IP44 Rated for Bathroom Use
Double LED Polished Chrome Light with Sphere Shades
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  • 27% OFF

Double LED Polished Chrome Light with Sphere Shades

 
£81.16
IP44 Rated for Bathroom Use
Low Energy Square Bathroom Vanity Mirror IP44 Rated
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Low Energy Square Bathroom Vanity Mirror IP44 Rated

 
£129.66
Hotel Version - Single Arm No Pullcord
Customise your Mirror with Lights
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Customise your Mirror with Lights

 
£37.94
IP44 Rated for Bathroom Use
LED Bathroom Cabinet with Over Mirror Light 600mm x 500mm
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  • 12% OFF

LED Bathroom Cabinet with Over Mirror Light 600mm x 500mm

 
£600.00
Energy saving LEDs, Demister Pad, Shaver socket & Hand sensor
Tilee Wall Light by Flos
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  • 31% OFF

Tilee Wall Light by Flos

 
£79.80
Polished Chrome & Blown Glass Diffuser
Dual Lit LED Bathroom Cabinet 700mm x 500mm
  • Sale
  • 10% OFF

Dual Lit LED Bathroom Cabinet 700mm x 500mm

 
£520.00
Demister Pad & Hand Sensor Operated
LED Bathroom Cabinet with Hand sensor & Soft Close Doors
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  • 16% OFF

LED Bathroom Cabinet with Hand sensor & Soft Close Doors

 
£700.00
Up your bathroom style and storage
Premium 12v Fixed IP65 Fire Rated Downlight
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Premium 12v Fixed IP65 Fire Rated Downlight

3 Products
£3.79
White or Chrome Finish
Rich Coloured Triple Wall Light with Chrome Detail
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Rich Coloured Triple Wall Light with Chrome Detail

 
£69.00
Can be used either way up
Square LED 5x Magnifying Mirror
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Square LED 5x Magnifying Mirror

 
£149.95
Special Offer - Whilst Stocks Last!
LED Polished Chrome Light with Opal Glass Sphere Shades
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  • 27% OFF

LED Polished Chrome Light with Opal Glass Sphere Shades

 
£139.65
IP44 Rated for Bathroom Use
LED Glass Shelf Width 500mm
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LED Glass Shelf Width 500mm

2 Products
£65.00
Two Depths Available
Tubular Bathroom Mirror Light - Energy Efficient Wall Light
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Tubular Bathroom Mirror Light - Energy Efficient Wall Light

3 Products
£88.63
Two Sizes - 11w or 18w Fluorescent
Small Recessed IP65 Downlight D:74mm
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Small Recessed IP65 Downlight D:74mm

2 Products
£6.50
Small Downlight for Discrete Lighting
Single Arm Chrome & Opal Glass Wall Light IP44
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Single Arm Chrome & Opal Glass Wall Light IP44

 
£9.90
Suitable for Use in a Bathroom
Ceiling Tubular IP44 Bathroom Light
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Ceiling Tubular IP44 Bathroom Light

 
£95.00
Brushed Steel & Opal Glass
Adjustable Single Spotlight Square Back Plate
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Adjustable Single Spotlight Square Back Plate

 
£31.68
With Mirrored Glass Backing Plate
Compact Waterproof LED Dual Beam Wall Light
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Compact Waterproof LED Dual Beam Wall Light

 
£38.00
Energy Saving - Uses Just 2 Watts
Double Spotlight - Dark Red Glass
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Double Spotlight - Dark Red Glass

 
£60.00
Adjustable Heads and Also Available in a Single Option

More in depth bathroom lighting advice

We suggest you start by looking or thinking about what lighting you have had in your bathroom already.  Is it bright enough? Does it create shadows? If you apply cosmetics in your bathroom do the results look as good in daylight?

Consider having more than one light in your bathroom, a single fitting in the centre of the room will give good illumination to the centre of the room but not much else. The bathroom mirror deserves special attention and a wall light either side will provide good illumination to the face.  Alternatives to wall lights include recessed lights installed above the mirror or a strip light atop the mirror.

For best results why not consider an illuminated bathroom mirror or bathroom cabinet with lighting built in? This not only provides lighting but you can hide all your toiletries inside too. Tasks such as applying make-up and shaving are much harder to accomplish with a poorly lit vanity unit. In this area, good colour-rendering lights are necessary to enable you to see yourself in a natural light whilst reducing shadows on your face. When light shines only from above or behind, you will see unsightly dark shadows under your eyes and the texture of your skin will be accentuated. Frontal lighting is necessary to reduce both contrast and shadows. How much light is required in your bathroom?  If you currently have a 100w lamp in situ you may want to use 4 x 50w downlights or 4 x 35w downlights to create similar light levels. You will need recessed fittings because halogen lamps have a reflector built in and have an intense beam whereas a 100w bulb gives out light in all directions. If you install too much lighting in the bathroom you can always lower the wattage of the lamps used in each fitting.

Dimming your bathroom lighting is another option by use of a pull-cord dimmer (see here for details). This will let your bathroom be bright and invigorating in the morning and soft and subdued in the evening.   In addition to lighting for the vanity mirror, good general lighting is of maximum importance.

Lastly Electricity, water and bare feet can be a lethal mixture. Pay special attention to current regulations to ensure the design of your wet areas are safe. Electric shocks received in wet areas are more likely to be fatal.