Tips on LED bathroom lighting

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Tips on LED bathroom lighting

An important part of any bathroom is the right lighting. Your new bathroom may be designed according to the latest design trends, but without the right lighting, all that beauty will disappear in the shadows. Lighting a bathroom properly can be difficult. This is because the bathroom really does have a dual character. On the one hand, we come there every morning and evening for our regular ritual of brushing our teeth, washing our face, shaving, etc. On the other hand, the bathroom is a place of relaxation. Nice half an hour in the bathtub or an extra long shower on Saturday morning.

An important part of any bathroom is the right lighting. Your new bathroom may be designed according to the latest design trends, but without the right lighting, all that beauty will disappear in the shadows. Lighting a bathroom properly can be difficult. This is because the bathroom really does have a dual character. On the one hand, we come there every morning and evening for our regular ritual of brushing our teeth, washing our face, shaving, etc. On the other hand, the bathroom is a place of relaxation. Nice half an hour in the bathtub or an extra long shower on Saturday morning.

You need different lighting for these different functions. In this blog, we give you some practical tips on choosing the right bathroom lighting. We also provide information about water resistance and the IP rating you need for each zone in your bathroom.

General lighting

First, let us look at what is known as general lighting or ambient lighting. The English term for this type of bathroom lighting is ambient lighting. This lighting is connected to the main switch. A number of recessed downlights or a central luminaire is often chosen. What is important with general lighting is that there are no dark spots and that almost the entire bathroom is illuminated. You also want to ensure that you do not look directly into the light when you are in the bathtub. You can prevent this by taking account of the location of the light but you can also opt to connect a dimmer. All our recessed downlight sets for the bathroom are equipped with a dimmer. This means you can easily dim the light when taking a bath.

        

Tasks Lighting

Tasks Lighting should, as the name suggests, illuminate a particular task. Think of your kitchen worktop. In the bathroom, you need task lighting above the sink. Whether you apply make-up in front of the mirror in the morning or shave every morning, good lighting is essential. Choose at least 2 recessed spots. It is important for lighting to be symmetrical so that the lighting is the same. When you shave, you naturally want to be able to see both sides of your face.

Atmospheric lighting

As we mentioned at the beginning, we spend more and more time in the bathroom. A modern bathroom almost becomes a small wellness centre. Of course, this includes beautiful mood lighting, also known as accent lighting. The important thing here is that the light is less than your general lighting. Above the bath, a recessed spotlight is often chosen at the front and back of the bath. A recessed spotlight is often mounted above the shower. This can be slightly brighter than the lighting above your bath.

LED Dimming

It is now clear that there is no harm in having some flexibility in bathroom lighting. An LED dimmer can be very useful here. If you can dim the light, you can switch from general lighting to mood lighting within one turn or at the touch of a button. Ideal! That's how we think about it, and that's why we supply all our bathroom recessed spotlight sets including a wireless touch dimmer that you can easily fit into any standard recessed box. This touch wall dimmer and other LED dimmers are also available separately.

Bathroom zones and IP value

In the bathroom you have to cope with a certain amount of humidity. To ensure your safety and make sure that your lighting continues to work properly, you need to take this into account. A downlight or luminaire has a certain IP rating. This is a unit for the degree to which an electrical device is resistant to moisture and dust. The higher it is, the better the resistance of the device.

We can divide a bathroom into different zones. Each zone requires a different IP value.

  • Zone 0 - Minimum IP value: IP67
  • Zone 1 - Minimum IP rating: IP44; IP65 recommended
  • Zone 2 - Minimum IP value: IP44

Anything outside these three zones is formally referred to as zone 3. In principle, there is no specific IP value for this. However, we recommend that at least one IP44 recessed spotlight is always used in the bathroom. This will give you suitable spots and better protection against steam.

Would you like to read more about the different IP values? Then read our blog on this topic.

Do you have any questions?

We hope that after reading this blog you will find some inspiration for your bathroom lighting. Of course, it is always possible that you will need more information. No problem. Our LED specialists are at your service and can be contacted during the day on +31 (0)85 303 0027. You can also send an e-mail to [email protected] or ask a question via the chat.

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