We all know that water and electricity don't mix, which is why choosing the right bathroom lighting is such an important decision. Bathroom LED downlights with an IP65 rating are a popular choice as they adhere to the strict safety regulations set for bathroom electricity.
This type of lighting is easy to install and comes in a variety of fixtures to illuminate your bathroom safely and with style. The minimalist design will help give it a contemporary look whilst providing optimal lighting. We provide a wide variety of bathroom LED lights, all of which meet the highest safety standards.
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What Is a Bathroom Downlight?
Bathroom downlights are a type of recessed lighting, which is specifically designed for use in wet rooms and damp environments. The lights are set into a hole in the ceiling and are designed to lie flush with the surface so that no moisture can get into the electrical structure behind it. This prevents dampness from building up or mould from forming.
These downlights shine a direct beam of light straight down rather than spreading it wide across the room. This focused style of lighting is ideal for rooms such as the bathroom or a shower room, where you need to have more functional lighting.
A Practical Lighting Solution for Your Bathroom
Lighting a bathroom can be a challenge, but with LED downlights, you can have effective illumination and have the freedom to create any ambience you wish. With just one or two downlights you can make the most of mirrors and reflective surfaces to achieve bright and balanced lighting suitable for washing or shaving.
The compact design also means that these lights can be fitted into smaller spaces, preventing shadowy corners. We also offer LED downlights with a dimming function, which you can use to create a peaceful ambience ideal for when you want to relax in a nice hot bath!
How Many Downlights Do I Need to Install?
Generally speaking, this is a very individual matter, as everything will depend on how big your bathroom is. So, if you want to find out what number of downlights will be the most optimal for that particular room in your house, follow this simple instruction:
Step 1: Measure the square footage of the room - do that by multiplying its depth and its width.
Step 2: Multiply the result of the first step by 1.5 - this will give you the wattage that you need in order to light up space.
You have to keep in mind that the lighting in the bathroom should be slightly more intense than it would be in a living room or a kitchen. This means that even if you installed downlights before in those places and think that you don't need to calculate it again, it might not be the case, unfortunately. Remember, even if you think you are correct, it's always better to make the calculations. Having to squeeze in additional downlights once you discover that it is, in fact, too dark is nothing pleasurable - trust us.
How Far from Each Other Should the Fixtures Be?
However, knowing the wattage you need to provide good lighting is not the only thing to keep in mind - you also need to know how far away from each other the downlights in the bathroom should be.
Usually, they are placed 1.5 to 2 ft away from the walls, and 3 to 4 ft away from each other. If you want to know precisely how big the distance between the lights should be, divide the height of your ceiling by two. So, for example, if your ceiling is 7 foot high, the lights should be placed more or less 3.5 feet apart from each other.
Why Choose LED Lighting?
Our range of downlights is powered by LEDs (light-emitting diodes) for a number of reasons.
Firstly, LEDs are more energy-efficient than all other standard light bulbs. Since they don't give out heat, all the energy used is converted to light. By using LED lighting, you can save up even up to 90 per cent on your electricity bills.
Secondly, they last much longer, making them the most economical lighting choice. By using them, you can save money not only on your electricity bills but also on the reduction of replacement and maintenance costs, as LED lights can last 20 to 40 times longer than other lighting solutions.
Choose from a Variety of Styles
Downlighting is a modern choice for bathroom lighting, and we have a variety of styles and fixtures for you to choose from. Set into the ceiling, these downlights are chic, discreet, and functional, giving your room style and even illumination.
You can choose from dimmable ones, adjustable lights, as well as a range of finishes, such as white, or chrome in black, satin or polished. You also have the choice of LED bulbs in different temperatures (warm white, cool white and neutral white), brightness (measured in Lumens) and beam angles so you can create the right ambience for your bathroom interior.
Bathroom Downlights and IP Ratings
When buying bathroom LED downlights, it's particularly important to pay special attention to safety, which is why they should always be of a certain IP rating.
What Are IP Ratings?
An IP rating, or Ingress Protection rating, describes the levels of sealing that electrical enclosures have against foreign bodies, such as dirt and moisture. The ratings consist of the letters "IP" followed by two digits. The first digit refers to protection against solids and the second against liquids.
In our offer, you can find a downlight for the bathroom with ratings of IP54 and IP65. The IP54 ones are protected from dust and water splash while the IP65 rated downlights are protected from total dust and low-pressure water jets from any direction making them the ideal lighting solution for shower cubicles.
Zones and the IP Ratings
Depending on where you are going to install the downlights, you will need a different rating:
- Zone 0 - these are areas that are fully submerged in water, for example, inside the bathtub. Those areas will require lights with an IP67.
- Zone 1 - the areas are not submerged in water, but are close to it - Zone 1 is located over the shower and bathtub. For these lights, it's also best to get an IP67.
- Zone 2 - this usually covers the perimeters of Zone 1, plus the area around your sink. Lights with IP44 will work perfectly fine.
- Zone 3 - any area where no jet water will be used. A regular IP20 light should do just fine.
Need More Help Choosing Bathroom Downlights?
We understand that safety is your first priority when planning your bathroom lighting, which is why our friendly team of lighting experts is here to assist you in your choice - we all are more than happy to help. We can talk you through the IP ratings and regulations for bathroom lighting and explain the different options in styles and finishes of our products. We want you to end up with the most satisfying solutions. Feel free to contact us today!