Light fittings above a shower and tub should be steam-proof. If you’re installing LED fittings make sure they are rated for damp locations.May 1, 2015

Do you need a special light bulb above a shower?

Of course, a light bulb that is compatible with the bathroom and light fixture is critical for a shower light. Traditionally, halogen lamps have been used, but more and more people are opting for LED models for a far more energy efficient lighting system.

What kind of light can I put above my shower?

A ceiling light above showers is acceptable, as long as the light is rated for moist/damp locations and the bottom of the light fixture is at least 8 feet from the top of the shower stall.

What kind of lightbulb do you use in a shower?

Find a Compatible Light Bulb:

MR16 or PAR20 halogen lamps are common for shower recessed lighting, but newer LED recessed retrofits on the market enable you to incorporate energy-efficient LED lighting into your bathroom.

Can steam damage LED lights?

But just because the temperature is in a safe range, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be careful when using LED bulbs in a steam room. If the bulbs are penetrated by the humid air, the water will corrode the internal elements and could be dangerous too when it comes to changing the bulb.

Do shower lights need to be GFCI protected?

A. Master electrician Sean Kenney responds: The short answer is yes. Although the NEC does not require either the switch or the light fixture to be GFCI-protected, most lighting fixtures designed for use in a shower stall require GFCI protection to meet UL requirements.

Can you use an LED bulb in a shower?

So, while you technically don’t need damp-rated LEDs in some parts of your bathroom, it’s safest to get them if you can. If you do find an LED light you love that’s not damp-rated, make sure it’s installed at least 600mm from showers, bathtubs, and basins so that they’re safe to use.

What has to be GFCI protected in bathroom?

GFCI protection is required for 125-volt to 250-volt receptacles supplied by single-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts or less to the ground. GFCI receptacles are required in bathrooms, garages, crawl spaces, basements, laundry rooms and areas where a water source is present.

Can you put spotlights above a shower?

With IP65 downlights, your total light protection can be installed over your shower or bath without the danger of any possible safety issues (such as electrocution), something that can not be guaranteed with IP64 or less downlights.

How close can a light be to a shower?

National Electrical Code is pretty clear on this, at least as of the 2014 version. It says that if the fixture is above the tub or shower, and within 8 ft. vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower threshold, the fixture must be rated for damp locations.

Are LED light bulbs waterproof?

There are numerous of water resistant LEDs. As long as they are not around salt they are fully submersible in water. Our LED products range such as high bay or battens comply with it and can be installed in water intensive areas.

Can humidity damage LED lights?

There are some types of LED lights that can be damaged by the moisture in the air, while others don’t mind at all. If you plan on using your LED Strip Lights in a kitchen, bathroom, or outside, then the answer is almost certainly yes humidity can destroy your LED strip.