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Bathroom Lighting is often overlooked as part of the redesign and yet, is as essential as the choice of paint on the walls and the tiles you select. How you light your bathroom can make or break the mood, depending on where you position the lights, the type of bulbs you use and the style of fitting.
Spot lights allow you to be very specific about where you want the light. Consider pointing spotlights at areas where you will need the most light when using the bathroom - such as areas where your main grooming occurs. Consider installing a shaving light, or a bathroom mirror with lights around the edge.
Use mood lighting in your bathroom to create an ambience in which you can relax. Consider a separate lighting circuit that will allow you to control and dim the overhead lights and maybe give you options on the colour of the lights in use - giving you your very own therapeutic room. LED lighting and lighting controls are available for bathrooms.
If you have styled your bathroom with a particular design in mind, you can choose to follow that theme through with the lighting. Bathroom lights come in Art Deco and other traditional styles, as well as contemporary designs for the more modern bathroom.
When installing your bathroom lighting, it’s important to make sure that the lights you choose are suitable for an environment with a high humidity. This is because electricity and water do not mix very well. You need to be sure that you find a light with the correct IP rating for its use. There are now only 2 zones in the IP rating for bathrooms - zone 1 and zone 2. Bathroom lights have to be hard-wired into the walls and ceilings and must be controlled by light pulls, or switches sited outside of the bathroom.
We recommend that unless you are a confident and competent DIYer or professional, that you employ an electrician to fit your new light fitting. Even if you are a good DIYer, if you have old wiring in your home, then we would still recommend you consult a professional.
If you are a keen DIYer with a proven track record, then you will need a screwdriver, voltage tester and probably some electrical tape when installing your bathroom light fitting. If you have little or no natural light, you will also need a torch - we recommend a head-torch as these will allow you to keep both hands free to do the job. First and foremost, you will need to shut off the power - not just from the switch on the wall or ceiling - but the whole ring main circuit from your circuit-breaker fuse box. Once you have switched off the power - be certain to check that the power is off by testing the switch.
If you’re looking for high quality lighting for bathrooms, then we have a wide selection you can choose from. If you cannot find what you are looking for in our bathroom lighting section, please let us know and we will be happy to help you find the right light for you. We partner with a high-quality designer of lights for bathrooms - BC designs and have access to many more makes, styles and designs in addition to those on the website - plenty, in fact, to find one to suit your taste.
TradePlumbing provides high-quality bathroom and kitchen plumbing and heating products for the UK market.