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GoodHome Bathrooms 2020
how to… choose
Your bathroom is where you get ready every morning and where
you relax after a long day so choosing the right lighting is vital.
what type of lighting?
Task lighting is functional - providing light for shaving,
makeup and washing. The most effective lights for
this are spotlights or ceiling downlighters. Downlights
can provide overall light or additional light over
basins, concealed in your ceiling or shelving.
Feature lighting creates mood and atmosphere; try
ceiling lights controlled by a dimmer switch. (Dimmer
switches can only be used in Outside Zones).
and IP ratings
Bathroom lighting regulations require all
lighting to adhere to IP (Ingress Protection)
ratings to ensure it is safe to use in a wet
environment. A bathroom suite is made up
of different zones (as shown in the diagram
below) and depending on the distance from
the water source, determines the type of
Inside the bath
IP67 or shower itself -
must be IP67 rated.
The area stretching
IP44 0.6m outside the
perimeter of the bath
and to a height of 2.25m
from the floor - must be
minimum of IP44 rated.
The area above the
IP65 bath or shower to a
height of 2.25m from
the floor - must be
minimum of IP44 rated,
(or IP45 if exposed to
water jets). IP65 rating
Other than the above
IP20 areas, bathroom lights
have a recommended IP
rating of at least IP20.
A 30mA RCD must be used. All new and modified electrical installations must comply with the latest IET
Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and bathroom lighting products must be installed in accordance with local
Building Regulations. If you are in any doubt contact a qualified electrician.
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