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Lighting fixtures for the bathroom require attention to detail and an understanding of the relevant safety issues. We take a look at how LED lighting has transformed the potential of bathroom design.


Lighting the bathroom requires considerable planning to ensure the best use of space. There are certain everyday tasks that require the right level of light, such as shaving, doing make up and all the morning rituals that require a good level of visibility. As well as lighting levels, there are a number of safety considerations that need to be assessed when planning a bathroom lighting design. The bathroom is potentially one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, so attention to safety is paramount.


For the purposes of abiding by safety


requirements, the bathroom is split into three zones depending on the proximity to water and humidity as the assessment is based on the likelihood that fixtures will get wet. Fixtures are rated with an ingress protection rating (IP) depending on how safe it is for these to be used around water.


Because of the safety


requirements of bathroom lighting, low voltages are a must. Because of this, LEDs are a real benefit to bathrooms and they open up all manner of opportunities for interesting lighting design. Because of the low voltage and small size of LEDs, fixtures can be designed to fit into spaces such as within shower heads, inside faucets and other more creative spaces where exposure to water and humidity meant this simply would not have been possible with previous technologies. One company that has embraced the potential of low-voltage LEDs in the bathroom is tp24. The company advocates the use of energy efficient lighting solutions in all rooms of the house, and the bathroom is one area where the company excels. There is a clear focus on creating energy


efficient fixtures that are as attractive in appearance as they are in energy saving potential, and some of tp24’s newest products reflect this focus on aesthetics. Providing lighting solutions for everything from downlights to illuminated mirrors, tp24


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have worked hard to ensure that the majority of their bathroom lighting products are available in low voltage LED. Astro Lighting has also worked hard to develop a range of bathroom products that are both functional and attractive. They have a large range of IP44 rated products that are designed by their talented in-house team. The designers have worked hard to develop products that suit any requirements. For example, the Riba Bathroom Wall Light is IP44 rated, but would not look out of place in the bedroom, allowing for a co-ordinated look between bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. The Riva can be used in conjunction with a dimmer switch to create softer lighting when required and a matt nickel finish is available to special order. The Riva measures 350mm high x 140mm wide x 150mm deep. Similarly, the Scarlino pendant can also be used in the bedroom and bathroom. Astro’s concept for a co-ordinated lighting scheme in bedrooms and


bathrooms has been achieved with the launch of a clever


innovation. This takes the form of a splash proof IP44 kit which can be fitted to a range of Astro’s interior lights so they meet regulations for use in the bathroom. So, the Scarlino can be suspended either side of the bed, or over a console in the bathroom, creating a flowing design throughout. New developments are making bathroom lighting design safer and more creative. Manufacturers are embracing these changes and taking the design of bathroom fixtures to new levels.


Contact


tp24 t: +44 (0)844 8228096 www.tp24.com


Astro Lighting T: +44 (0) 1279 427001 www.astrolighting.co.uk


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