Bathroom lighting and what you have to watch out for

Bathroom lighting should not only be functional, but also provide the perfect light.
We have the tips to make your bathroom shine in all its beauty.
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Bathroom lighting should not only be functional, but also provide the perfect light.
We have the tips to make your bathroom shine in all its beauty.

Light in the bathroom makes the difference

Bathrooms are rooms where we relax and unwind. The lighting plays a decisive role: it can make the room appear cosy and comfortable or cool and uncomfortable. That is why it is important to consider a few points when planning bathroom lighting.

First of all, you should consider what function the light in the bathroom should fulfil. Should it only provide general lighting for the room or should it also be used as a design element? Depending on which function the light in the bathroom is to fulfil, you should rely on a harmonious interplay of basic, zone and accent lighting for the right room illumination.

Basic lighting bathroom

Basic lighting

Bathroom lighting should be one thing above all - functional. The right basic lighting is the basis for this. Basic lighting is responsible for the general illumination of a room and is also referred to as general lighting.

The aim of ambient lighting is to provide uniform light in the room without dazzling or casting disturbing shadows. Luminaires with diffuse light, e.g. classic ceiling luminaires, as well as panel luminaires, recessed luminaires and special wall luminaires are suitable for this purpose.

Tip: Depending on the time of day, the requirements for light change. In the morning, you need bright light to wake up and for daily morning routines, and in the evening, warm light to relax. Dimmable luminaires allow the bathroom lighting to be adapted to the needs.

Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights come in all kinds of shapes and colours, so they match any interior style. They can be mounted directly on the ceiling or hang from a cable and are usually easy to install.

On trend: Pendant lamps create a great atmosphere in the bathroom and are therefore becoming increasingly popular. They look particularly convincing in combination with head mirror lamps in gold, copper or black.

Panel light bathroom

Panel lights

The modern and very flat panel luminaires provide beautiful diffuse ambient lighting that avoids harsh shadows. That's why it's also called "beauty light" and is perfect for the morning bathroom routine.

Recessed luminaire bathroom

Recessed luminaires

With their minimalist design, they recede into the room and let your bathroom shine. When planning, however, it should be noted that recessed luminaires are installed within the ceiling and therefore a suspended ceiling is necessary.

Wall lights

Most wall luminaires emit their light mainly upwards and downwards and are therefore not suitable for ambient lighting. However, there are also some models that spread their light more widely and can be used for ambient lighting.

Zone lighting

With zone lighting, you provide pleasant brightness in those areas of the bathroom that need more light. In the bathroom, it is mainly used around the mirror and washbasin. A good mirror luminaire is crucial for optimal visibility during body and facial care. This is best achieved with light that radiates diffusely forwards and thus causes hardly any shadowing.

Accent lighting

Bathroom lighting should not only be functional, but also create a pleasant ambience. Accent lighting turns a simple bathroom into a feel-good oasis. Table lamps or battery lamps with softly diffused mood lighting create the perfect atmosphere. Placed on the bathroom shelf, windowsill, etc., the luminaires set the right accents and help you relax and unwind.

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Safety standards for bathroom lighting

Lighting in the bathroom should not only be functional and atmospheric, but also safe. These safety standards are indicated by the IP value.

The abbreviation "IP" stands for "Internal Protection" and is a recognised European standard. The first digit after "IP" stands for protection against foreign bodies (value 0-6), the second digit stands for protection against water (value 0-8). The higher the individual digits, the better the protection of the unit.

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