How to select the right downlights for your bathroom
Downlights are perfect for adding a subtle ambience to your bathroom whilst being modern and stylish at the same time. These lights are becoming increasingly popular due to the way they work; directing them to shine in certain areas of the room is a simple process that means that you'll never be left in the dark again. On top of all of this, the main priority of IP rated lights is to offer a fool proof safety system incorporated into the lighting in your home.What Are IP Rated DownLights?
The abbreviation 'IP' stands for 'Ingress Protection' and let's you know very quickly, without the need for trawling through the information on the box, how waterproof a light is. Below is an explanation of the IP ratings and their meanings;
IP20: Touch proof
IP44: Limited water resistance
IP65: Full water resistance
IP67: Fully submersible for short amounts of time
IP68: Fully submersible for long amounts of time
What Are The Different Zones In Your Bathroom
The are four main zones in every bathroom and they are labelled as follows; 0, 1, 2 and 3. These zones represent the amount of water and steam contact that an area may have. The amount of water contact affects the IP rating that you will need for that section of the room. The IP rating has one job and that is to keep you and your home safe.
Zone 0: Directly in the bath tub. This is where the highest level of protection is required as the most water will be present here.
Zone 1: This zone indicates a lot of potential water splashes and a heavy amount of steam. The areas included in this zone are; Above the shower cubicle and above the bath tub.
Zone 2:By the time we reach zone 2, there is a lot less chance of water and steam touching the light fitments. The area included in this zone is the space surrounding the shower cubicle.
Zone 3: This zone includes everywhere else. This means that although the lights need to be sealed and touch proof, they don't need to be totally waterproof like the ones in zone 0.
Why install IP rated Downlights?
Installing an IP rated light is not a matter of choice, it is a matter of safety. Using the afore mentioned information when purchasing your bathroom lighting will ensure that you can have the beautifully lit room of your dreams without any dangerous implications, such as electrocution. This will also mean that your lights will have a longer life span and therefore save you money in the long run.