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With AV technology advancing so quickly, it’s essential that the wholesalers stock top quality products with all the expected features to keep you ahead of the game. In terms of integration, extra connectivity through IR and RS232 over IP control will ensure that audio-visual devices are compatible with leading control systems as well as making them easier to test and install. Just like any other TV in the home, bathroom

TVs need to offer a full HD viewing experience through ultra HD 4k or 5k resolution, have smart TV capabilities and offer built-in Freeview as well as a range of ports, including HDMI, USB and VGA. However, there are some extra elements

required to ensure maximum functionality in the challenging conditions presented by the bathroom environment:

●High IP rating – a top-of-the-range TV designed for use in the bath or shower should have an IP rating of at least IP67 which guarantees complete protection against ingress of dust and high-pressure jets of water.

●Heated LED screen - prevents misting. ●Mirror finish – TV is disguised as a stylish mirror when not in use.

●Waterproof remote – end users can safely control the TV from the comfort of the bath or shower.

●Ultra slim design – look for TVs that fit flush to the wall, so they can be fully integrated with the overall design rather than being an additional feature.

●Long warranty – consumers are going against their instincts by installing valuable electronics in an environment where contact with water is a given, they will want to know that the manufacturer has confidence in its product.

Bathrooms of the future It’s not just audio-visual technology that is

migrating into bathrooms. With the use of the latest smart technology, end users can personalise their bathroom experience with facial recognition, create the perfect ambience with temperature, lighting, water flow and entertainment and even track excessive water and energy use. From housing developers looking to give their

properties a luxury edge, to private renovations and commercial spa style leisure facilities, consumers are coming to expect comfort and connection from their bathrooms. What was once a purely functional part of the house has now become an interactive space where end users can catch up on the latest news or TV, or unwind with their favourite playlist streamed through a waterproof Bluetooth speaker system.

With AV technology advancing so quickly, it’s essential that the wholesalers stock top quality

products with all the expected features to keep you ahead of the game.

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By keeping up to date with the tech facilitating the smart bathroom trend, electrical wholesalers can ensure they meet installer demand, confidently respond to technical queries and project briefs, all the while gaining an advantage over competitors.

IP rating explained: Only electrical appliances that have an IP (Ingress Protection) rating should be used in a bathroom. IP ratings are defined in international standard EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989) and are used to indicate the degree of protection from solid particles and moisture.

The IP rating is expressed as two digits: First digit – this is used to indicate foreign body intrusion and is expressed as a number ranging from 0 to 6, with 0 being no protection, 4 being objects greater than 1mm and 6 being dust tight. Second digit - this indicates moisture protection with numbers ranging from 0 to 8. In this case, 1 means the product is protected from vertically dripping water and 4 indicates protection from water splashes from any direction. Products rated 5 and 6 offer protection against varying levels of water jets, and 7 and 8 indicate protection against submersion at various depths.

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