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Bathroom Lighting


The bathroom is considered to be an area requiring special attention as water and mains voltage do not mix and the potential for a fatal shock is always present. The code of practice demands that the room is divided into different areas dependant on the perceived risks, and the specification for the light fittings used gets more stringent as the installation of the light approaches water. There are quite a few attractive bathroom lighting designs, but the choice is diminished as the specification is tightened for the most water tight fittings.

Consideration should be given to the activities that are performed in the area. These activities can be divided into two categories.

a) Grooming.


Most of the activities will be performed in front of a mirror and it is important that the face in evenly illuminated. The ideal is an illuminated mirror or for the lamps is at either side of the mirror, no more than a metre apart and at about head height. (Lighting from above or below the mirror, either in the form of a wall light or ceiling downlight spots will be largely ineffective and will cast shadows on the face.) Colour of the lamps is an important factor and wherever possible daylight lamps (12 volt halogen, mains halogen, daylight fluorescent or daylight LED) should be fitted in the wall fittings.




b) General Lighting.


Halogen ceiling downlighters strategically placed around the room to illuminate some of the bathroom features are a good idea and these can be linked to an IP44 touch pad dimmer to provide mood lighting. A central light is the norm in most houses, and this will provide general lighting and can be made a feature by installing a more unusual light fitting. If the room size allows then even a crystal chandelier could be fitted. (Please see the drawing Fig.1  for the regulations)


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