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Be light savvy, tooLights can get forgotten in bathrooms, but they make a big difference to the final effect. “Use good-quality LED spotlights for your bathroom,” Steve suggests. “They may cost a little more initially, but you’ll make savings sooner than you think and you won’t have the inconvenience of constantly changing light bulbs.”Tell us…Have you managed to save money on a bathroom project? Share your tips in the Comments section.
Embrace the privacyOne great advantage of not having a window is the total privacy. No more drawing the blind or worrying if your silhouette can be seen by the whole street through the frosted window. The enveloping feeling of a windowless bathroom can be very welcoming and relaxing. In fact, luxury hotel bathrooms are commonly lacking in natural light but still feel utterly comforting.Think about the best hotel bathrooms you’ve experienced and consider the features you might be able to steal for your own space – from a freestanding bath to a giant walk-in shower or some space-enhancing and brightening feature lighting.
4. Wet roomStriding straight into the shower, with no pesky glass door to contend with (or to keep clean), feels ultra modern and super convenient and it’s ideal in a contemporary bathroom. It can also be a great space-saver. It may not be practical in your bathroom, however, to have a wet room – or maybe you just like the feeling of being somewhat enclosed while showering.
Stay safeIt goes without saying that all fixtures for the bathroom must be waterproof. This is measured by the ingress protection (IP) rating, which defines the level at which the fitting is sealed against dirt and moisture. Strict electrical safety regulations govern what level of IP rating can be used where in the bathroom. Sally Storey of John Cullen Lighting explains: “Zone 0 is the area inside the bath or the shower basin and only fully submersible products that are IP67 can be used here. Zone 1, the area immediately above the bath or shower, requires IP65 fittings. Zone 2 is the area stretching 0.6m outside the perimeter of the bath and basin, plus to a height of 2.25m from the floor around the bath. Fittings here need to have a rating of at least IP44.”
Variety is keyThe options now available with LED lighting offer great opportunities for layering your light. For instance, miniature 1W LED fittings can be used to create low-level accent lighting in niches, on ledges and in the floor. Building your lighting up in layers will give you a richer scheme as well as offering the option of different lighting scenes, including late-night dim settings ideal for a relaxing soak.Be inspired by lighting in layers