with a good colour rendering index of Ra=90 or higher are also suited for use in the bathroom.
There are also some classics in the area of bathroom light fixtures. The
According to protection type IP44, the Button light is protected against foreign bodies with a diameter of 1 mm or larger as well as against water splashing on all sides. A specialist in the area of bathroom lighting is the German manufacturer Decor Walther; this company offers a broad range of light fixtures that are suitable for use in the bathroom. An example in this area is the Box light family, which includes ideal light sources for your bathroom at home due to their minimalist design language and the sophisticated lighting effect.
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For the ideal bathroom lighting, a combination of ambient lighting and zone lighting for the mirror is recommended. In contrast to other rooms, there are some particularities that need to be considered. The mirror lighting should be soft, diffused and low-shadow. The ambient lighting, on the other hand, should be rather focused. Generally, this is the other way round: ambient lighting is diffused broadly and softly into the room, while zone lighting is mostly focused. This is different in the bathroom. For smaller bathrooms or guest toilets, the illumination of the mirror is usually sufficient – an additional ambient light is not required. For larger bathrooms, it is recommended to combine mirror lighting, by means of a wall light or an attachable mirror light, and focused ambient lighting, for instance, with the aid of a ceiling light or a spotlight.
For a focused illumination of the mirror, wall lights or special mirror clamp-on lights that can be directly attached to the mirror can be used. Classical wall lights such as the Box 15 or the Dim 60 by Decor Walther are good solutions for this purpose. The Box 15 convinces with its geometrical design language as well as the two-sided light emission
upwards and downwards. Thanks to an elegant wall bracket, the flexible Dim 60 can either be mounted directly above or next to the mirror and thereby turns out to be the ideal zone lighting for the mirror. By means of the Box 1-60, Decor Walther also offers a practical mirror clamp-on light that can be directly attached to the glass body of the mirror. The popular system luminaire Puk by the German manufacturer Top Light includes the mirror light Puk Maxx Mirror. For particular tasks, a flexible make-up mirror with its own lighting, which can be adjusted as required, can also be considered. For this purpose, Decor Walther, the specialist for high-quality bathroom lighting, also offers numerous solutions, such as the BS 84 wall make-up mirror that is provided with its own LED backlighting.
Classic ceiling lights and recessed ceiling lights with focused lighting are the ideal solution to provide for ambient lighting in the bathroom. Recessed ceiling lights, i.e. light fixtures that are suitable for a recessed installation, for instance, the
Ambient lighting for the bathroom
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Usually, clear shapes and structures dominate the appearance of the bathroom at home. Chequered tiles, thin metal elements such as towel rails and fittings as well as polished surfaces can probably be found in many bathrooms all over the world. Highly decorated light fixtures and the geometric structures in the bathroom often do not match stylistically. Minimalist, functional lights that smoothly blend into the existing concept of the room can be used instead. In this respect, the lights by Decor Walther also stand out due to their minimalist design and the geometric forms. The wall lights of the Cut series, for example, have a perfect square shape, while the Globe 20 ceiling light presents itself with a sphere-shaped design. Thanks to the fusion of metal and glass and their reduced look, the luminaires by the German manufacturer Bega Indoor are ideally suited
for use in the bathroom. For instance, the 8449/8450 wall lights, a combination of a polished metal frame and a cylindrical glass body, offer an elegant but still unobtrusive lighting
solution for the bathroom. The
In addition to the aesthetic aspects, a bathroom light also needs to fulfil some requirements in terms of its technical characteristics. Bathroom lights must comply with certain safety regulations, depending on the area of the bathroom, in which they are to be used. The exact requirements are described in the DIN VDE 0100-701 standard. This standard names three different areas in the bathroom, in which some regulations need to be observed. Area 0 describes the inside of a shower tray or a bathtub. In this area, only devices that are designed according to protection class III (safety extra-low voltage) are allowed as well as devices designed according to protection type IPX7 (protection against temporary submersion). Area 1 describes the vertical surfaces around the tub and the shower up to a height of 225 cm. In this case, devices operated according to
protection class III are also required. In this case, the minimum protection type required is IPX4 (protection against water splashing on all sides). Area 2 is located around Area 1 at a distance of 60 cm. In this area, there are no requirements with regard to the protection class, however, the protection type must be at least IPX4. When selecting a bathroom light it is also important to previously define the exact place of installation. If a light is to be installed close to a shower or a bathtub, a product with the respective protection type and protection class needs to be selected. If the place of installation is located at a distance of 60 cm from the edge of the tub or the shower tray, a luminaire designed according to protection type IP20 is sufficient.