Bathroom & Kitchen Guide

Your complete guide to remodeling, design and new products.

 

 
Effective Shower Lighting

The shower area seems to be one of the bathroom areas that are often forgotten when it comes to installing a lighting system. This area really needs to have as much light as possible and even within the smallest bathroom, just one principal ceiling pendant is not going to provide all the necessary and effective illumination for shower, bath and washbasin. The shower area needs task lighting meaning direct lights that allow you to see what you are doing when in this area of your bathroom.

LED and halogen lights can provide you with such task lighting. You will also have to make sure that you are safe when taking a shower and this means that you will have to go for some light fittings that have been especially created for shower areas. Also, you will have to install them in the right way and if you know that your own electrical capabilities are quite limited or lacking, you must consult with an experienced and professional electrical installer. But despite all the safety issues regarding shower lighting, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go for more stylish options.
Fjord
Brushed Chrome Shower Light - HIB Range

For instance, standard shower lights are round and small and they are designed to be used in any place inside your shower area. This means that you will have carte blanche when it comes to their position. For instance, you can position them in various geometrical forms such as circles or grids. Also, you may consider adding a dimmer switch in order to provide yourself with a mood-changing lighting when taking a shower. However, you must remember that dimmer switches are to be installed only outside your bathroom space. If you want to create a genuine splash, you may install the shower lights at the bottom of your shower stall or right into the bathroom wall structure.

 

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HIB Brushed Chromed Low Energy Fire Rated Shower light

But recessed lighting systems are not the only ones that can be used in order to illuminate your shower area. On the contrary, you may go for some stylish pendant lights or globes too because they can be an effective choice for shedding the necessary light in your shower area. In this case, you will have to take into account every single IP rating of every light fitting you are planning to use. For instance, if you are looking for a lighting system that will be installed right inside your shower cubicle, you will have to look for a system that is designed to be suitable for a total immersion – this means that the system must have a rating of IP67 (at least). When it comes to the light voltage, the absolute maximum that is permitted is 12.

 

Pico
Milton short flash mount shower light

When looking for light bulbs to be used in your shower lighting, you should go for bright ones because they are likely to be your best choice mainly because they can create a more natural skin tone. Traditional light bulbs are cheaper than halogen light bulbs but the halogen ones can provide you with a more natural kind of light while being almost 8 times more energy efficient when compared to the traditional light bulbs.


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Thomas Lighting - DY6412 - Recessed Shower Kit

Keep in mind that your bathroom is a space with plenty of water and this fact could turn out to be really dangerous when mixed with electricity. So, you must make sure that all your lighting systems are a minimum of 7 or 8 feet away from the shower, tub or sink.  

 

Suppliers:

QS Supplies CO UK

CircaLighting

CSN Lighting

      



 
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