Do you have to have special light fittings in the bathroom?

The answer to this one is probably “YES”. Great care must be taken when selecting a bathroom light as all bathroom lighting must conform to the current regulations which are designed with safety in mind – where you have electricity and water there is an increased risk and this is why the regulations are quite specific.

Can I put a normal light fitting in a bathroom?

Every light fitting is given an IP rating that relates to its water resistance. An IP44 rating or above is an essential requirement for lighting to be deemed safe for use in the bathroom. Bathrooms also have different zones and the zones determine what type of light you may use within that zone.

What lights can be fitted in a bathroom?

  • Bathroom Lighting.
  • Ceiling Lights.
  • Chandeliers.
  • Large Pendants.
  • Pendant Lighting.
  • Ceramic Pendant Lighting.
  • Indoor Wall Lights.
  • Table & Floor Lamps.
  • What’s the IP rating for bathroom lights?

    Requires a minimum IP liquid rating of 4. Any area that is outside zone 1 and 2 – no requirement but we always recommened IP44 as a minimum in bathrooms.

    Are IP65 downlights suitable for bathrooms?

    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.

    What does Zone 1 and 2 mean in bathroom lighting?

    The Zones. Zone 0: Lighting directly inside the bath or shower. Zone 1: Lighting directly above the bath or shower, up to 2.25 metres(m) from the floor. Zone 2: Lighting placed either side of the bath, shower or wash basin up to 600mm (0.6m) outside the perimeter of the water sources and up to 2.25m from the floor.

    Can you put a light above a 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 light can I put in a shower?

    Recessed lighting in the shower is probably the most common way to add lighting to your shower. You just need to make sure the fixture in your shower is wet rated. Can I put recessed lighting over a tub? Recessed lighting can be added to the ceiling over the tub.

    Can you put any ceiling light in a bathroom?

    As long as you follow the correct safety procedures and make sure you install lights outside of the zones requiring IP rated fittings, you can use any lighting to make your bathroom as stylish as you like.

    What zone is a bathroom ceiling?

    Zone 2. Zone 2 for a bathroom is the same height as zone 1 (2.25m) extended to 0.6m around the bath. The extent of the zones in a bath or shower room can be limited by floors, ceilings and walls.

    What is Zone 3 in a bathroom?

    Zone 3. Zone 3 is anywhere outside zones 0, 1, and 2 (subject to specific limits) and where no water jet is likely to be used. No IP rating is required. However, if there is a likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning purposes in zones 1, 2 and 3, a fitting rated a minimum IP65 must be used.

    What can be fitted in Zone 2 in a bathroom?

    This is typically the area that is least likely to get wet but there is a possibility for it to be splashed. Any fitting or appliance within zone 2 must be IPX4 (splash proof) or better, as well as a maximum of 12 volts (SELV) with the transformer located beyond zone 2.

    Can I put a light switch in a bathroom?

    Light switches are not allowed in bathrooms it has to be a pull cord or a switch outside. Radiator pipes do not have to be bonded IF boiler is cross bonded and/or you have rcd protection on the fuseboard.