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what style of ceiling light do u have in your bathroom?

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biglips Tue 06-Jan-15 21:27:48

As mine atm is a circle base spotlight with three lights. Its rusty now as its literally over our head when in the shower. Would like to change it but unsure which style...


Pipbin Tue 06-Jan-15 21:32:51

If it is in the shower with you then you need to be careful of the rating to make sure it is suitable. There are different ratings for the proximity to water. I'm sure someone like PigletJohn will be able to tell you more than me.

biglips Tue 06-Jan-15 21:37:57

Oh right. I didn't know about that.
Thanks pip smile

DayLillie Tue 06-Jan-15 21:43:15

I have this but cannot believe I paid that for it!

The other bathroom has inset halogen bulbs that require the insulation above them to be moved out of the way, so I would not recommend that.

MillyMollyMama Tue 06-Jan-15 22:18:20

If your lights are in the shower area or near it they must be suitable for that purpose. I think lots of down lighters work best set into the ceiling.

HopeClearwater Tue 06-Jan-15 22:46:09

That's a fantastic (if expensive) light from John Lewis. I've just had my bathroom ceiling replastered but really wish I'd thought to get the inset halogen lights removed first. I hate them. The bulbs blow frequently and are constantly falling out of the fitting.

PigletJohn Tue 06-Jan-15 23:56:15

batten lampholder with a 150mm Opal Globe CFL (energy saving bulb) in warm white.

I quite like it.

I hate downlighters

And spots.

PigletJohn Wed 07-Jan-15 00:04:37

it is best not to have any lights or electric fans directly above a bath or shower as the electrical requirements are then much more stringent.

If they are 2250mm above floor level, you may but I wouldn't recommend it. Your shower can squirt that high, and steam will get in.

If you really want to, you can use IP44 fittings. Cost and appearance might not suit you.

see pics

Bathroom fitters think the rules are slightly different, but they are wrong.

In E&W you must use an electrician who is a member of a Competent Person Scheme such as NICIEC (there are other schemes).

PigletJohn Wed 07-Jan-15 00:10:07

Or, if you choose no to use an electrician who is a member of a Competent Person Scheme, you do have the freedom to apply for Building Regulations permission yourself, and to pay the fees for inspection, test and certification.

This will probably only cost about four times as much.

RaisingSteam Wed 07-Jan-15 09:21:50

This wickes one here

It comes on quickly and is really bright - no chrome bits to go rusty.

AnythingNotEverything Wed 07-Jan-15 09:28:38

We have this one

I don't think it's suitable for directly above a shower though - ours is in the centre of the ceiling, possibly zone 2, if zone 1 is directly above.

IssyStark Wed 07-Jan-15 09:38:17

As others have said, there are zones for lighting in bathrooms and you must use lights suitable to the zone. For more info see this guide from John Lewis - there's a handy diagram of the zones under the bathroom and kitchen section

We have this light from B&Q as our main light (we also have lights in the mirror).

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Wed 07-Jan-15 09:45:13

I have spot lights in mine with wall lights on separate switches so the lighting can be softer & more relaxing for baths. Obviously the practical advice re zoning is v important and essential to follow.

PigletJohn Wed 07-Jan-15 10:48:40

there is something to be said for wall + ceiling lamps. It means you have a choice of bright, medium or dim depending what you turn on. Wall lamps beside the mirror may be useful.

DayLillie Wed 07-Jan-15 14:35:17

We have wall lights too - I found it difficult to find a fitting that I could put bright enough light bulbs in - which is why I got the expensive one that takes two. However, the wall lights can offset this problem. You can even get cabinets or mirrors with them already in. It takes the lighting away from the shower.

MoreBeta Wed 07-Jan-15 14:37:57

Ceiling recessed spotlights in shower room.

Modern crystal chandelier and side lights in the other bathroom.

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