The bathroom is the place we begin and end our day.
We start our morning task-oriented activities like brushing our teeth, shaving that 12 o’clock shadow, styling our hair and ensuing that our make-up is done to perfection. In the evening, the bathroom transforms into a place of comfort as we wind down and soak in a hot bath, before retiring to bed.
It’s an oasis of serenity in each household, lighting your bathroom appropriately well, will ensure that you have an extremely enjoyable start and end to your day.
Here are some points to consider in lighting your bathroom.
• Being the dampest area of the house, make sure all light fixtures are certified for use in such areas.
• Avoid lights that point into the mirror as it will cause a glare.
• Indirect or diffused lighting is more effective in the bathroom.
• Freestanding lamps, hanging lights, standard switches and sockets should be avoided for safety reasons.
• Place soft lights under your bathroom cabinets to provide gentle illumination, so you won’t hurt yourself if you need to use your bathroom in the middle of the night.
• Hidden lights at the top of your vanity station throws gentle illumination onto your ceiling, allowing for the perfect atmosphere when soaking in your bathtub.
• For a more glamorous feel to your bathroom, line your vanity mirror with lights.
Can we get lighting that’s water safe?
Yes, no problem. All lights have an IP rating which measures their level of water resistance. Australia Safety guidelines confirm that your bathroom consists of zones in which, each zone is required to have lighting that confirms a certain IP rating to be safe.
EN 60529 outlines an international classification system for the sealing effectiveness of enclosures of electrical equipment against the intrusion into the equipment of foreign bodies (i.e. tools, dust, fingers) and moisture. This classification system utilizes the letters "IP" ("Ingress Protection") followed by two or three digits. (A third digit is sometimes used. An "x" is used for one of the digits if there is only one class of protection; i.e. IPX4 which addresses moisture resistance only.)
Below is the International Classification System Table
So, the next time you decorate or upgrade your bathroom lighting, make sure you check the quality and IP Rating of your lighting fixture for safety.