Bathroom downlights are very popular as an unobtrusive way of illuminating a bathroom. Flexible, easy to install and available in a variety of finishes to match your bathroom fixtures. Stylish and smart, they give your bathroom a sleek and contemporary look whilst providing plenty of light shining down from above.
Downlighting & Shower Lights for Bathrooms
We’ve a wide range of options when it comes to downlights for your bathroom including dimmable LEDs, adjustable spots and jet proof shower lights. The range of finishes is just as varied with chrome, gold and nickel being the most common options whilst you can also choose a more opulent crystal design if you’d prefer.
They need to be suitably IP rated to ensure that they comply with current regulations. These regulations exist for your safety and should always be adhered to. They are all available in low voltage and mains voltage options. The low voltage option requires the use of a transformer.
To achieve the IP rating, they have a glass front and are sealed with a gasket where they meet the ceiling. In addition, the lamp is held inside the fitting away from the glass. This prevents the glass getting hot and then shattering if water were to be sprayed on it. IP65 shower lights can be used in every area of the bathroom including directly above a shower cubicle or bath.
Recent manufacturing techniques have seen adjustable and eyeball recessed fittings suitable for use in bathrooms and for installation above a shower. To achieve this protection, they are fitted with a gasket where the adjustable lens is attached to the main body. This gasket prevents the ingress of water and steam.
Low voltage downlights are slightly more expensive to buy due to the cost of a transformer and replacement lamp costs are slightly higher than the mains voltage equivalent. This is offset slightly by a higher lumen per watt output, whiter light and longer lamp life.
Mains voltage downlights are less expensive to buy and lamp costs are lower than their low voltage equivalent. They have the added advantage that they readily accept energy saving LED replacement lamps that will last for over 30,000 hours in normal use.
If your bathroom has living accommodation above or it is a new installation, then fire rated downlights must be used. These are available in both mains and low voltage, either with or without a can. They are available with 30, 60 and 90-minute fire ratings but 90 minutes is obviously more desirable. We only supply 90-minute fire rated downlights.
To assist you further in making an informed choice, please see our lighting information page, where you will find an article entitled Recessed Downlights Explained, which includes the regulations required for downlights in a bathroom. Also our bathroom lighting page offers other lighting options, such as wall and ceiling lights.
If you require any further help or advice on selecting suitably ip rated bathroom downlights, please telephone 0151 650 2138 to speak with a member of staff, or send us a message using the contact us page for friendly, honest and down to earth advice.
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