It is not easy to equip the bathroom with suitable lighting. We need a powerful and directable light source, for example near a mirror, but also a weaker light to relax in the bath where sharp light would disturb us. Thus, it is more convenient to obtain a central ceiling light, and spot or linear illumination of the mirror and cabinets.
However, the lights must meet the high requirements for water and moisture insulation. This is the very basis of bathroom lighting. It is also highly recommended to have the lights installed by professionals. The lifetime of the light is thus assured and you do not have to worry about any shocks or short circuits.
If you are thinking about installing the fixtures in the bathroom yourself, it is important to check above all the so-called IP, the manufacturer's mandatory number. Literally, it is an index of "Ingress Protection". In essence, this figure indicates how much the light is resistant to adverse influences - in the case of bathrooms, especially against moisture and water. IP is always marked with two numerical values and it is important to distinguish them according to where exactly we want to place the light in the bathroom.
We can help you to distinguish the bathroom into three zones according to the severity of the conditions:
1 / The most vulnerable part of the bathroom is the one located directly near the shower or bath, for example inside the shower. All equipment in this zone must have a low electrical voltage (max. 12 V) for safety reasons and the fixtures must have an IP rating of at least 65. This is a designation for light fixtures that operate even in absolute humidity and water contact. For immersion in water, eg pool lighting, absolute IP 68 protection is required.
2 / Less demanding zone is a space over two meters above the bath or shower. Here we need IP 44.
3 / The same IP 44 is also recommended for light fixtures that are placed in the bathroom completely out of the reach of water, eg above a mirror or ceiling lights. After all, moisture and steam can also penetrate there.
Today we use LED lamps - they are popular, for example, as ready-made bathroom lamps (you do not change the bulb) or as LED strips that evenly illuminate a large area, suitable and very popular for example for backlighting bathroom cabinets or mirrors.
Every year brings new trends in colors and materials, in bathrooms it is now black and white, marble and concrete. Chrome still prevails in light fixtures, mainly because of the fact that ninety percent use chrome faucets. Our customers often want stainless steel lights, while glass or chrome lights are also a good match.