Functional but still with ambience? IP protection classes - what is that? We explain what to look out for when choosing the right bathroom lighting.

A well-lit bathroom is not only functional, but also has a major impact on the atmosphere and overall impression of the room. Bathroom lights play a crucial role in creating a pleasant and well-lit environment. In this blog post, we explore some lighting ideas and tips for a radiant bathroom and introduce important protection zones for wet rooms.

This should be evenly distributed throughout the bathroom and provide sufficient light for everyday activities such as washing, applying make-up and shaving. Ceiling lights such as ALBA, wall lights or recessed lights are good options for ambient lighting. Choose warm, diffused light to create a relaxed atmosphere.

One of the most important areas for lighting in the bathroom is the mirror. Use shadow-free light falling on the mirror from above or from the side as it is perfect for illuminating the face and skin. You can choose mirror lights such as MARILYN or lights with built-in mirror options to ensure even light without distracting shadows.

Accent lighting can add an elegant touch to your bathroom. You can use decorative wall lights such as ARGO or recessed lights to highlight specific areas such as wall tiles, artwork or shelves. This creates depth and dimension in your bathroom design.

The color temperature of the light is important. Warm white light (2700-3000 Kelvin) is often perceived as pleasant and relaxing, while cool daylight (5000-6500 Kelvin) improves color rendering and is ideal for precise tasks. Combine different light sources with different color temperatures to ensure flexibility.

Dimmable lighting allows you to adjust the light intensity as required. This is particularly useful to create a cozy atmosphere in the evening or to have more light for detailed tasks when needed.

Due to the humid environment in the bathroom, it is crucial to choose waterproof lights and fittings. Make sure your bathroom lights meet the required IP ratings (see below) for moisture resistance.

Consider energy-efficient lighting options such as LED lights. They use less electricity and have a longer lifespan than conventional light bulbs. This not only saves energy, but also money.

Finally, bathroom lamps should be adapted to the style and design of your bathroom. Modern bathrooms can benefit from sleek, minimalist lights, while antique lights will look great in a vintage bathroom.

Overall, lighting in the bathroom is a crucial aspect of the room's design. With the right combination of ambient lighting, mirror lighting, accent lighting and consideration of color temperature and energy efficiency, you can create a bathroom that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Remember that the right lighting can transform your bathroom into a radiant paradise!

In the context of bathroom lights, the protection classes or IP ratings (International Protection Rating or Ingress Protection Rating) are important to ensure that the lights are suitable for the humid environment in the bathroom. The IP protection classes consist of two numbers: The first indicates the degree of protection against dust and foreign bodies, while the second indicates the degree of protection against water. Here are some common IP protection classes used for bathroom lights:

  • IP20: These lights offer protection against foreign bodies with a diameter of more than 12.5 mm, but are not protected against the ingress of water. They are suitable for areas in the bathroom that do not come into direct contact with water, such as outside the shower or bath.
  • IP44: This protection class offers protection against splashing water from all directions and is ideal for areas in the bathroom that are close to sinks or mirrors. However, they are not intended for direct contact with water in showers or bathtubs.
  • IP65: These lights are protected against water jets and are therefore well suited for use in showers or in areas where they could come into direct contact with water.
  • IP67: This protection class offers protection against temporary immersion in water and is therefore ideal for use in underwater applications such as whirlpools or bathtubs.
  • IP68: These lights are dust proof and can be permanently submerged in water. They are suitable for use in plunge pools or waterfalls.
When selecting bathroom lights, it is important to consider the IP protection class based on the specific location and use of the lights in the bathroom. Ensure that the lights have the correct protection rating to ensure safety and longevity in a wet environment. It is advisable to seek advice from a professional or electrician if you are unsure which protection class is most suitable for your bathroom lights.
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