Lighting in the bathroom is important for many reasons, from setting the atmosphere and tone of the room, to task lighting for things like applying makeup and shaving. Below we explain the practical considerations when choosing your bathroom lighting, as well as explaining some of the lighting options available.
Lighting is very important in a bathroom. You will need to choose lighting that is specifically designed for bathroom use, so always consult an electrician to make sure you follow regulations when moving or adding light fixtures.
Bathroom lighting can also create a pleasant and inviting atmosphere. There are many types of lighting suitable for a bathroom, including wall-mounted, spotlights and downlights.
Most bathroom lighting is fitted, so once installed can’t be easily moved. Make sure you are happy with the places you’ve chosen for your lighting before installation starts.
There are areas in a bathroom you may wish to consider additional lighting. For example, around a basin or a mirror, as these are places you will use for shaving, applying make-up, etc. You can also purchase wall-mounted mirror cabinets that have an integrated light.
Regulations are very strict as to which lights you are able to use in a bathroom and to complicate matters, bathrooms have different zones, which determine what type of light you may use within that zone. Light fittings that are used in a bathroom are IP rated. Always check with a professional installer before attempting to install bathroom lighting, and make sure your light meets with these strict guidelines and is fitted into the correct zone.