It is true to state that whatever the architectural style is, all houses always need a bathroom. It is the place every member in a family use every day, but it never received much attention than the other rooms. If bathroom is taken care of a little more, it will be the ideal place to help you lift a lot of stresses out. You can lay back into warm water to relax, read novels, short stories and sip a glass of wine at ease. To make this happen, beside paying attention to the architecture, colors, interior details, light is one of the important factors to build the bathroom in the most delicate way. However, we have to use the right amount of light. If it is too little, you are not able to do your tasks well, especially with make-up for women which requires a clear light whereas, too much light will cause dazzling. That is the reason why there is a need in choosing the perfect light source.
This time in our blog, we will mention some factors you should consider when choosing lighting for bathroom.
1. Bulb Type
Both compact fluorescent and light – emitting – diode (LED) bulbs work well for any type of bathroom ceiling. They are the lowest energy-use alternatives you have for lighting. However, LED light get more recommendations than the other. It is obviously much more energy efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs. It also lasts much longer. The most important reason is that it does not contain Mercury like compact fluorescent’s and provide a lot more options for brightness and light appearance such as warm or cool.
2. How many lights are enough
Normally, people think very simple that one scone light probably enough to make the toilet looks romantic or fancy. Actually, it would never work like that way. You have to notice that no matter what style you want for your toilet, it always need to use more than one light. But it does not mean that you will light everything in the space. Lighting everything just make the toilet looks harsh. So, what should you do? The answer is Layer Lighting with different kind of light such as ambient light, task light and general light. With layer lighting, you can have the complete control to your lighting systems. Other important points to keep in mind when you decide how many lights you need are the size of the space and the fixtures themselves.
Bathroom lighting must comply strictly with safety regulations which is known as IP rating. It is an international method used to express the protection of a fitting to stop the penetration of solid objects or water entering the lighting fixtures. There are 2-digit number which represents for IP rating.
The first digit stands for the level of protection against the access of solid object such as dust. The second digit defines the level of protection again the access of water.
You have to remember that the higher the IP rating, the better the guardianship.
If the light fixture is far enough from your water source, it will be fine to have the rates at around IP 44 while a minimum rating of IP 45 is necessitated or sometime even IP 65 is required in some area above the bath or shower to a height of 2.25 meters from the floor. In case, you would like to design lighting inside the bath or shower itself, there is a need to use the light with low voltage (max 12v) and IP rating in 65 to ensure safety as those areas are always in damp contexts.
Above are some factors that we think you should base on when choosing bathroom lighting. Let’s keep following our blog to get more useful information every week.