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When planning a bathroom lighting installation it's first important to consider the Building Regulations. The bathroom is split up into 3 different zones, each zone requires the downlights or light fittings to meet different IP (Ingress Protection) ratings. The minimum IP rating for downlights that are being fitted over a shower cubicle is IP44.
Many areas of the bathroom don't require an IP rating, meaning you can install a mixture of water resistant (IP44 to IP65) and none water resistant (IP20) downlights, but we recommend fitting IP rated lighting as standard because steam and moisture can potentially damage the lights.
The bathroom is a prime location for recessed downlights as they're available in fully water resistant versions, but there are many other types of bathroom rated rated lights to consider that can compliment your design. This includes ceiling lights, wall lights, LED strip tape and smaller LED marker lights - just make sure that they're rated at a minimum IP44 or above. Find out more information about bathroom zones or view our bathroom lighting ideas and tips.
In kitchens there are no zones or regulations to be followed as there is very little risk of water splashing onto the light fixtures. Unlike in bathrooms where regulations or zones must be adhered to, you can use almost any type of lighting product in this area, technically there is no such thing as a kitchen downlight.
In terms of lighting, the kitchen is certainly one of most important rooms of the home and can be the most difficult to illuminate. You want to ensure that its well illuminated, with the right lux levels to perform your daily cooking and cleaning duties. Our main lighting recommendation for the kitchen is to ensure that the colour temperature of your under cabinet lights match your ceiling lights, otherwise you'll create a contrasting lighting effect.
We stock a wide selection of under cabinet LED light fittings such as round or triangular shaped cabinet lights, mains voltage strip lights and LED strip tape. Our expert tip is to consider installing LED strip tape as it can be cut down to almost the exact size of your cupboards which can vary in size. LED strip tape is a universal lighting product that's available in any colour temperature and can be dimmed if you power it from a mains dimmable LED driver.
Fire Rated Downlights
Fire rated downlights are designed as a safety measure and are recommended for use in homes and some commercial buildings. Basically it's any ceiling that you have cut into that can pose a fire risk, a fire rated downlight seals off the hole and maintains the ceiling's natural ability to defend itself from a fire. If you're unsure about whether you need to install them, or if you're in doubt; we recommend fitting fire rated downlights anyway. They provide peace of mind as you know you've protected your home and produced a safer lighting installation.
Most recessed downlights are fire rated as standard these days, especially the integrated ones, so don't dwell too much around this subject as you don't always have the option.
LED downlights are the ultimate longer lasting, low energy alternative to halogen. LED lighting technology is so energy efficient that it will not be replaced by another type of lighting technology in our lifetimes - only improved upon! We originally stated this in 2012 and the prophecies are coming true! We stock only the highest quality LED downlights available and are happy to recommend the most suitable ones for your next lighting installation. No matter if you're looking for recessed downlights, surface mounted or LED spotlights; we have a great selection available from stock.
If you're unsure about whether to go for integrated or GU10 LED downlights we have an FAQ page which explains the main differences along with lots of other frequently asked questions. Integrated LED downlights contain an LED light source that is built into the downlight, this is usually non replaceable so if it fails you have to replace the entire downlight. Integrated downlights generally look better and are more reliable as they have advanced cooling features that optmises the temperature of the LED light source.