Top 10 Bathroom lights (and where they can go)
Author: Jon Sharman
Published: December 10, 2013
Choosing bathroom lights is not easy, not only because of the choice of styles available but also because the lights need to be up to the demands to be placed on them, in terms of positioning.
To give you a helping hand in your search for the perfect bathroom lighting we have pulled together our top 10 bathroom lights, which should offer you some great inspiration, whilst also letting you know exactly where in the bathroom these lights can be safely placed.
Important bathroom lighting guidance
It is essential when buying bathroom lights that you take into account the light’s IP Rating and know which Bathroom Zone it is suitable for, otherwise the light will either not perform as you want it to, won’t work at all or worse still will pose a potentially life threatening electrical hazard in your home. Always remember to check!
Our top 10 bathroom lights
Here is a top 10 list of some of our most popular bathroom lights, with suggestions as to where they might be installed:
Robus - Garland LED Walkover Lights (Zone 0)
These little IP68-rated LED lights are fully protected against immersion, and ideal for use in Zone 0 areas such as shower trays and baths. Being LED they’re naturally shock proof, vibration proof, and cool to the touch, so they’re ideal for this application. A choice of blue or white colours is available.
Eterna - Carina 28W Flush Fitting (Zones 1 & 2, outside zones)
Offering great value for money, this versatile fitting can be wall or ceiling mounted, and provides splash-proof protection against water. The IP44-rated Carina is available in a choice of finishes, and includes a tough polycarbonate diffuser that protects against accidental or deliberate breakage.
Dar Lighting - Bueno Twin Wall Light (Zones 1 & 2, outside zones)
Stylishly designed, the modern-looking Bueno has an IP44 rating. This is an elegant bathroom lighting solution with twin frosted glass diffusers and smart polished chrome finish. An on/off pull cord allows convenient independent operation.
Dar Lighting - Zodiac Mirror Light (Zones 1 & 2, outside zones)
This smartly designed fitting exploits the compact nature of LEDs, twenty of which discreetly line the left and right edges of the mirror. The IP44-rated Zodiac Mirror Light is ideal for installation in zone 2 or outside zone areas above a wash basin. It is available in a choice of sizes and with or without shaver sockets.
Astro Lighting - Trimless Low Voltage Fire Rated Downlights (Zones 1 & 2, outside zones)
In any bathroom or washroom where jet cleaning is undertaken, an IPX5 rating is required. This neat lighting solution from Astro has an IP65 rating, making it dust-tight and resistant to jets of water. Also fire-rated, this recessed fitting can be safely installed below occupied floors, maintaining the integrity of the ceiling in the event of a fire. A mains-powered version of this light is also available.
Searchlight - Prato Flush Fitting (Zones 1 & 2, outside zones)
Representing great value for money, this low-profile contemporary ceiling light has a beautiful chrome and glass finish, with a frosted inner circle of glass around the diffuser. An IP44 rating allows plenty of leeway in terms of positioning.
Illuminated Swing Arm Magnifying Mirror (Zones 1 & 2, outside zones)
Ideal for hotels and homes, this IP44-rated fitting is particularly easy to maintain with its polished chrome finish. A useful swing arm allows users to easily achieve optimum lighting, which comes from a 25W small screw pygmy bulb. The Illuminated Swing Arm Magnifying Mirror blends well with many styles of traditional or eclectic décor.
Eterna - Coronation Shaver Light (Zone 2 & outside zones)
This fitting provides plenty of light for shaving duties, and with an IP44 rating it’s designed to withstand the odd wayward splash of water. The Coronation has an independent on/off pull cord and dual-voltage shaver sockets. Eterna recommend zone 2 installation or dry areas for this fitting, which allows any area around a wash basin.
Robus - Crystal Bathroom 4-Light Plate (Zone 2, outside zones)
The Crystal Bathroom 4-Light Plate protects against water splashes with an IP44 rating, and produces a bright, sparkling light from a quad of sealed glass cubes. Inside the cubes are halogen G4 capsules, fed by an integrated low-voltage transformer. Robus advise installation of this fitting in zone 2 or outside zones.
Robus - Jubilee Shaver Light (outside zones)
With its IP20 rating, this fitting is intended for use in dry areas. Typically this will be above the zone 2 radius of a bathroom wash basin. Offering superb value for money, the Jubilee Shaver Light includes dual-voltage shaver sockets and a convenient on/off pull cord. It is durable, too, with an impact-resistant ABS body and shatterproof polycarbonate diffuser.
Occasionally you’ll find manufacturer’s instructions that recommend more conservative use around water than is suggested by the IP rating. This should always be checked before installation.