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In Lighting tips and advice

By Steven Roziers

Tips for lights in shower rooms and cabins

On 07, Feb 2018 | No Comments | In Lighting tips and advice | By Steven Roziers

In the 1990s, there were still lots of homes with bathrooms which had a bathtub but no shower cabin. Shower curtains were used to make baths multifunctional. But times change. Nowadays, most people opt for a separate shower. It’s much easier for washing or freshening up quickly.

Every shower (whether it is a shower cabin or a large walk-in shower) needs light. Light which differs in some areas from traditional living room or kitchen lighting. You will see our tips below.

Safety zones in the shower

As you might know, there are different safety zones in your bathroom. safety zones in the bathroom. The position of your shower lighting determines the required IP value of the spot in order to prevent short circuits and electrocution.

A summary:

  • Floor spots in the shower cabin: IPX7 (protection from immersion)
  • Spots in shower walls and up to a height of 225 cm: IPX5 (protection from water jets).
  • Light in a 60-cm radius of the shower: IPX4 (protection from splashes)

In the rest of the bathroom, you can fit at least IPX1 lighting.

Note: Shower lights must run on VLSV (Very Low Safety Voltage). That means 12V alternating current or 25V direct current. We advise you to leave the fitting to an expert.

Colour of shower lights

A shower is a time to relax. Relaxation requires natural relaxing light. Therefore, don’t choose spots with a high colour temperature (cool white light), but go for a low colour temperature (warm white).

Anyone wanting even more from their shower lighting can install a dimmer. That makes it extra cosy. Or you can turn your shower into a real wellness oasis with RGBW spots. These are handy for a session of colour therapy .

Lighting for showers: the options

At dmlights, we like to illuminate a room creatively. We also have some nice tips for showers.

Ceiling spots in the shower

A central built-in spot in the ceiling is the easiest way to illuminate a shower. With bigger walk-in showers, you need two or more spots.

Adjustable spot outside the shower

Another option is to install an adjustable spot just outside the shower. In that case, the IP value doesn’t have to be so high.

Indirect ceiling lights

Indirect ceiling lights are a new trend with walk-in showers. Nowadays, there are extra large rain showers, which are built into the ceiling. The edges of this false ceiling are ideal for fitting indirect lighting. That looks really stylish.

Indirect wall lighting

A shower always contains several bottles and jars, e.g. shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, etc. Lots of people make a recess in the shower wall to keep the floor free. Here, too, you can fit a watertight LED strip.

A colourful wall

Do you want to take the sense of wellness with you into the bathroom? If so, fit a light wall in the shower. That is a semi-transparent synthetic panel with an RGBW LED strip at the back. The wall breaks up the light and yields a pleasant diffuse glow. You choose the colour for yourself.

Need bathroom lighting?

Are you going to fit lights in the shower or the rest of the bathroom? If so, have a look in our web store. There are scores of fittings in various styles.

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