April showers are short, sharp downpours which can often catch us unawares. It has been a proverb throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland since the late 19th Century, but was recorded as early as 1610 on a poem “Sweet April Showers, Do Spring May Flowers”. Even with the promise of flowers around the corner, It can sometimes still feel a little unjust; after a long winter we are still unable to go and make the best of the great outdoors.
It is however, a great time to concentrate on a re-vamp for your home. And one area where we love to luxuriate under the soothing water droplets is in our bathrooms. It is often thought of as a sanctuary, a place guaranteed to get a moment’s peace, or languishing in a deep, warm bubble bath. Sometimes however, it can fall a bit short of the spa-like space with the cool tiles, ceramics and metals. One way to seriously fall in love with your bathroom again is to consider your lighting.
Our bathrooms are often the first place we visit in the morning, dazed with sleep as we reach for the toothbrush, so you need to consider the light levels in this room carefully, as this is the only way that we can really impact on the ambience in this room. They are often not the largest of spaces and you therefore don’t want endless ornaments cluttering up what needs to be a shared space. For a full and comprehensive bathroom lighting guide, read our complete bathroom guide.
First things first – make sure that your light fittings all conform to bathroom safety standards. Without boring you with science, you need to ensure that they have a minimum of an ingress protection rating of 44 (often displayed as IP44). These are safe to use in bathroom zones 1, 2 and 3 (shown below as ‘outside zones’). This ensures that they are adequately protected against inevitable splashes.There is an ever-expanding array of lighting on offer for these rooms and below we show you the types and designs of lights that are the very best for beautiful bathrooms.
Recessed ceiling spots are often chosen in bathrooms and they offer a fantastic practicality. You can fling your towel around with no problems – there is nothing to catch on! These suit modern and minimalist bathrooms and offer out a good spread of light.
One of the most underutilised lights in these rooms are bathroom wall lights. These offer a warm glow that spotlights are unable to emulate. They can be positioned where the light is most needed and with most being dimmable (when teamed with a dimmer switch and dimmable bulb) are fantastic at creating the perfect light for practical requirements and for those relaxing soaks in the tub at the twist of a dial. Our top picks for a modern bathroom:
And for a traditional bathroom:
You could also consider placing over mirror lights on your walls – the mirror will help bounce the light back into the room and make it feel larger, along with brightening your refection – win; win!
Flush ceiling lights are a great way to introduce a wide spill of light into a room whilst maintaining most of your ceiling height. Available in a range of styles and finishes, you are bound to find one that’s perfect for your room.
If you are looking for a little more luxury, you can consider more glamorous ceiling lighting for your bathroom to make an impact – but do ensure that you measure these correctly. They will hang down from the ceiling a little more, so not only do you need to check your zone criteria still applies, but also consider tall guests and allow for flying towels! These ceiling lights will offer a generous spill of light and most are once again compatible with dimmer switches and bulbs. Our best picks for a modern bathroom:
And for a traditional bathroom lighting:
For small bathrooms, en-suites and cloakrooms, space is often even more at a premium. We would advise that you plan these areas carefully to avoid a ‘cupboard’ feeling. Doubling up on your lighting is a huge advantage for avoiding a cluttered feel and your lighting does not need to suffer.
Mirror lights are a fantastic innovation – sleek against the wall yet offering light out, they are perfect for most bathrooms. Some are also available with a pull cord switch which allows for use separately to the main lights.
Shaver lights are also ingenious – you can charge your electric toothbrush or shaver whilst adding some light! These are generally also switched and could make an excellent night light.
For more bathroom lighting inspiration, come and view the range here at Lighting and Lights! We hope that this helps resolve some of the myths of lighting your bathroom.