Bathroom lighting: 7 mistakes to avoid at all costs

Bathroom lighting: 7 mistakes to avoid at all costs

Mistake # 1: choosing too warm a light

The bathroom is considered the place of relaxation and relaxation par excellence. We therefore tend to want to create a cozy and warm atmosphere with subdued lighting rather than too raw.

We often forget that the bathroom is also the place where we prepare in the morning and where, therefore, we need precision ... and therefore natural light to avoid shaving and missed makeup sessions. .
Fortunately, to keep your bathroom a practical room without leaving aside the relaxation aspect, you just have to dose it well: we avoid too hot and too cold lights, and we opt for example for "warm white" bulbs which are at the crossroads between the yellow bulbs (too dim) and the white bulbs (too cold).

Mistake # 2: disregarding the size of the room

For a bathroom lighting optimal, it should especially not be forgotten that the size of the bathroom will inevitably influence the choice of the luminaires. Indeed, small and large bathrooms do not have the same needs.

Above all, in a small bathroom, you have to be practical. So we go to the essentials by installing a global light and a second more specific light source. In a large bathroom, we will multiply the light sources and, because we have enough space, we will be able to play on different types of lighting with, for example, sconces, spotlights, suspensions ...

Error n ° 3: install only one global lighting

In a bathroom (especially when it is small), we often say that a single global lighting is enough ... error! In reality, for the lighting of a bathroom to be perfect, you need not one but two light sources: a general lighting (or global) and a so-called functional lighting

And contrary to what one might think, one is not more important than the other: both are necessary. The overall lighting (a ceiling lamp in most cases) will illuminate the entire room while the functional lighting (a lamp or spotlights placed above the mirror for example) will serve to provide more light on a particular area.

Error # 4: do not provide a light source around the mirror

If there is a mistake not to be made in realizingt lighting a bathroomis to forget to install a light source around the main mirror of the latter. Yes, it is THE area to privilege if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises when you shave or make up.

But beware: to avoid unpleasant surprises once outside, remember to light this area evenly!

Mistake n ° 5: favor halogen bulbs

The bathroom (and in particular the mirror corner) is a room that requires very special lighting. Choosing a halogen light is to ensure some (bad) surprises once you have set foot outside.
Indeed, thehalogen bulbs diffuse a light which tends towards yellow, far away from daylight.

In a bathroom, it is better to opt for LED lighting, which diffuses white light closer to natural light.

Error n ° 6: do not think about the height of the lights

Choosing bathroom lighting it's thinking about the type of lighting, the lights themselves ... but also the height at which you will place them! Indeed, if you have not thought about the location of your functional light (the one that is placed around the mirror in particular), beware of optical effects.

Remember this: placed too high, the lighting will accentuate your dark circles; too low, it creates distorting shadow effects. When installing a new light source, you have to think about placing it according to the size of the users.

Mistake # 7: Ignoring safety standards

Electricity and humidity do not mix well. To avoid the risk of electric shock, it is essential to comply with the safety standard NF C 15-100 which regulates the location of the various electrical devices in the bathrooms. For this, she divides the room into 3 volumes; to each defined zone corresponds an authorized type of appliance or electrical installation; *

  • Volume 0: it corresponds to the water receptacle (the shower tray or the inside of the bathtub). In this volume, no electrical installation is tolerated, the risks are much too high;
  • Volume 1: the width of this area corresponds to that of the bathtub or shower tray and its height limit is 2m25 above volume 0. It is an area very exposed to water. The ideal is not to install lighting there. However, if you still want to install one high in the shower, it will have to comply with very strict rules: it must have an IPX5 protection rating, be at low voltage and have its switch located outside volumes ;
  • Volume 2: this is the area located 60 cm around volume 1. In this part, water splashes are still possible. Avoid installing electrical devices there. If lighting in this area is necessary, it must have an IPX5 protection rating;
  • Out of volume: the same electrical elements can be installed as in any other room. It is considered that in this area, there is very little risk of an electrical device coming into contact with water. It is in this zone that the switch must be placed, for example.