Suggested positions for bathroom lights are the following:
- Around the bathroom mirror
- A main bathroom light in the centre of the room but away from any bath or shower
- AND/OR Ceiling downlighters depending on how large your bathroom is
The Victorian Emporium's Square Tubular chrome wall light
Some modern style bathroom mirrors come with a light included. For a more traditional look we recommend putting a light either side of a bathroom mirror.
Bathroom lights usually work best in chrome so that they match most bathroom taps or bathroom accessories.
The Victorian Emporium's Cheadle ceiling light
As a rule it is best to keep bathroom lighting and switches for bathroom lights away from the following areas:
- Level with or below the level of sinks
The Victorian Emporium's bathroom wall light
What does IP44 mean?
Any bathroom light needs to be IP44 rated which means it can be installed anywhere within bathroom zones 1, 2, or 3. Zone 1 is the area above the bath to a height of 2.25m from the floor. Zone 2 is an area stretching 0.6m outside the perimeter of the bath. You should also consider the area around a wash basin, within a 60cm radius of any tap as zone 2. Zone 3 is the area outside of Zones 1 and 2 within the bathroom, but excluding the area where any water jets may be used.
You cannot fit an IP44 light inside the bath or shower itself (an unlikely choice but worth mentioning). Ask your electrician about fitting an IP68 light if you do want a light in either of these places.
To get rid of condensation, Building Regulations require that a fan is present in any new bathroom, fitted in the ceiling. Any bathroom lights should be fitted by a qualified electrician.