Over the years technology has continued to advance and innovate. The bathroom is one of the prime places for all of this advancement to happen and the lighting hasn't been left out. Whilst still a basic necessity, there is now considerably more functionality and usability included in the design and manufacturing process. Many of the ceiling lights available from Plumbworld incorporate dimming features which allow you to tweak the lighting to get the atmosphere you want. Whether that's for a relaxing soak in the tub or full brightness for a shave, you can have either with the twist of a switch. Couple these innovative features with the latest energy saving technology and you have top quality lighting which doesn't cost the Earth to run or install!
Some people think the only way to enhance the appearance of a bathroom is by refurbishing it entirely. Now whilst this is needed on occasion, there are a lot of bathrooms that can be enhanced simply by adding quality lighting, which is a fraction of the cost. When you think your bathroom is missing that final touch, there's a good chance that some effective lighting would remedy the problem. Overhead bathroom lighting can change the mood and atmosphere of the room almost immediately; making it extremely useful for those relaxing baths or invigorating showers. Positioning is everything and cleverly installed lights which make the most of the room will certainly benefit you for years to come.
Zones & Ratings
Installation of electrical fittings in the bathroom can require a bit of research as you have to be aware of zones and IP ratings. Since electricity and moisture doesn’t mix very well you have to make sure that fittings are installed in the correct places and rated accordingly. Thankfully, there are ratings and zones which help you work out what fittings are suitable for the bathroom and where you're able to install them. Zones range from 0 to 3 and each zone requires a minimum IP rating in order to meet installation criteria. This ensures that building regulations are abided by and that the homeowner is as safe as possible.
Zone 0: This covers the area inside the bath or shower. Fittings are required to have a minimum rating of IP67 - this provides total protection for water submersion. Fittings must also be SELV with a maximum voltage of 12Volts.
Zone 1: Areas directly above the shower or bath up to a maximum height of 225cm fall into this zone. IP rating has to be a minimum of IP44 and if water jets are going to be used for cleaning, IPX5 is required.
Zone 2: A 60cm strip above zone 1 and parallel to the bath or shower defines this zone. Similar to zone 1, it requires an IP44 rating or IPX5 if water jets are used for cleaning the area. It should also be noted that a 60cm radius around washbasin taps is also considered zone 2 to be on the side of caution.
Zone 3: This is the zone that is outside of all the other zones; consider this a ‘safe area’. Technically no specific IP rating is required for installation in this zone, but it’s recommended that bathroom fitters abide by the general rules outlined in BS7671.
For a graphical overview of all the zones in the bathroom and their positions; just click here. If you are unsure about anything, consult an electrician or a professional in the bathroom industry who will be able to advise further.