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Introduction to bathroom lighting

Bathroom lighting is a key factor that you need to consider when you’re redecorating your bathroom. You want your bathroom to look its best, but you also want to be able to set the right atmosphere. Your morning bathroom routine has very different lighting requirements to a relaxing bath and pampering session on a Sunday evening, after all. 

For many of us, using the bathroom is a case of getting in and out as quickly as possible, and when we’ve just woken up, showering is great for energizing ourselves before taking on the day ahead. But there is so much more than just the basics when it comes to bathroom use; bathrooms can be relaxing, therapeutic spaces where you can slow down to really get the most out of your shower or bath. A bath is a great way to clean and soothe your body after a long day - just throw in some relaxing essential oils, put on relaxing music, close your eyes and drift away! It's amazing how clean you can feel after a good scrub and allowing yourself some pampering with special spa products. So, let’s not forget that bathrooms are for more than just quick washes – don't underestimate what these versatile spaces can offer.

Not only does the right bathroom lighting create a warm and inviting ambiance while getting ourselves clean, but it can also help you achieve the perfect design aesthetic for your space. Let's take a look at why bathroom lighting is so important, and how you can make sure you get it right. 

What types of lighting can be used in bathrooms?

Lighting is an important part of any bathroom. You need functional lighting that simply allows you to see what you’re doing, but you might also want lighting that highlights the design features of your bathroom, as well as the ability to use the lights to set the mood. Depending on the size and layout of your bathroom, wall lights, ceiling lights, shaving lights, spotlights or mirror lights are all great options. 

Ceiling lights are usually the first type to think about. They offer bright light that is usually near daylight levels, so that you can see all of the space as soon as you enter the room. They can help your bathroom feel airy, and ceiling lighting doesn’t clutter wall or floor space. Spotlights are ideal for highlighting particular areas of the room, such as shelving, baths, or sinks.

Wall lights are great for providing ambient lighting and can add a unique decorative element to your wall. Shaving lights can be fitted above, or to the side of sinks to provide task lighting. They’re not only ideal for shaving, but for applying makeup and carrying out other personal care activities. Mirror lights are an alternative, and can help prevent makeup disasters such as too much powder when getting ready. With so many different types of bathroom lighting that are possible to use, there’s no reason why your bathroom shouldn’t look its best at all times of the day and night – and so will you. 

Ceiling lights for bathrooms 

Ceiling lights are an essential part of any bathroom, since they provide brightness to the room, but they also add style. Recently, downlights and spotlights have become popular fixtures in bathrooms as they offer efficient and focused lighting and are ideal for modern bathroom decor trends. Downlights typically come in small circular shades, and many styles are recessed, making them unobtrusive, for a clean and uncluttered ceiling. Spotlights provide a concentrated beam of light that can be used to create a greater level of focal points in the bathroom space. Both downlights and spotlights can be installed into ceiling panels, allowing for an extra layer of personalized styling for bathrooms. 

For home owners who wish to achieve an extra edge of luxury in their spaces, other types of ceiling lights may be appropriate. Where bathroom ceilings are lower, flush or semi-flush bathroom lights are likely to be preferred, but there are other options too. Chandeliers, pendants, and spotlight bars add a touch of style, and a cohesive look can be achieved by choosing materials and finishes that match your bathroom suite and accessories – so if you’re using brass taps, you might choose a brass ceiling light, for example. 


Downlights are a great option for bathrooms, as they provide an efficient source of light with the benefit of downgrading glare. When installed in ceilings, downlights are set away from direct view and can provide soft illumination without overpowering the room. Even though downlights are simple styles, there are decisions to make – you get to decide on how much light you want, the colour temperature, as well as the colour of the trim. Choose white for a functional look, or pick chrome or black, to coordinate with the rest of the room. And because downlights don’t require bulky fixtures and bulbs, they take up very little space, making them perfect for smaller bathrooms. Browse our range of bathroom downlights to find the perfect style for your home. 


Spotlights are an attractive way to add a modern touch to your bathroom. They can be used in a variety of applications, whether for task lighting – such as for applying makeup – or for more subdued accent and decorative lighting. Spotlights also offer flexibility when deciding on the type of lighting you want. 

While individual spotlights can be right for smaller bathrooms, in larger spaces, you’ll be looking for a bit more presence from your light fixtures. Bar spotlights can be an alternative, allowing you to have multiple spotlights pointing in different directions – functional lighting, with a great look. If you’re looking for an easy, economical way to spruce up your bathroom, spotlights could be the perfect weapon in your remodelling arsenal.

Wall lights for bathrooms 

Wall lights for bathrooms offer so many great possibilities and benefits, making them a popular choice for homeowners. Not only can wall lights create an aura of sophistication – such as if they coordinate with an ornate bathroom chandelier – but they can also provide much needed task lighting for vanity mirrors and cabinets. 

For wall lights in bathrooms, our range includes decorative wall sconces, wall-mounted wall lamps with dimmers to set the perfect atmosphere, as well as functional lights such as shaving lights for above the sink to allow for detailed application of makeup or safe shaving, or bathroom cabinets with inbuilt mirror lighting. Whether you’re looking for decorative or functional wall lights, they are essential fixtures that will bring style and purpose to any bathroom.

Mirror lights 

Mirror lights are essentials for bathroom, providing functional and aesthetic benefits. Mirror lights help to ensure that your bathroom looks its best, but make your morning routine far easier – with no risk of having missed a bit when shaving, or accidentally applying too much blusher. Because the mirror lights in our range utilise energy efficient LED bulbs, they will help you to save money in the long run too, keeping your bank balance looking great. 

Bathroom cabinets 

Illuminated mirror cabinets are the perfect addition to any bathroom. Not only can they serve as a regular mirror, but with integrated light strips and high visibility LED bulbs, you’ll be able to see perfectly while applying your makeup or getting ready for a big night out. Bathroom cabinets with mirror lights are functional lighting in bathrooms which helps reduce shadows and prevent eye strain when shaving or wearing contacts. 

Illuminated mirror cabinets are ideal for smaller bathrooms, since they also provide an easy-to-access storage solution for all of your bathroom essentials. No more carrying cosmetics and toiletries to and from the bathroom! With multiple sizes and styles available in our range to fit any size or shape of bathroom, illuminated mirror cabinets are the perfect way to add both style and storage to your space.

Shaving lights 

Having a shaving light in your bathroom is an important part of any grooming routine, as it can help to provide a well-lit surface for shaving and applying makeup. A shaving light has special features that are designed to allow you to get a close shave, but they also ensure that you have the right light to apply makeup evenly. Additionally, shaving lights not only provide illumination, but they also look great in any bathroom space thanks to the contemporary yet timeless design. Plus, they come in many different styles and sizes, and there are even styles that incorporate a USB charging port (no worries if you forget to charge your phone overnight!) so you’re sure to find one to fit your individual needs. By adding a shaving light to your bathroom, there’s no need to worry about having adequate lighting when it's time for your morning or evening ritual again!

LED candle lights

LED candles are becoming increasingly popular to create a spa-like experience in bathrooms, as they provide safety and peace of mind that traditional wax candles simply can't offer. There’s no risk of accidental fire, since there isn’t a naked flame, so there’s no risk of forgetting to blow out a traditional wax candle, and because LEDs require such little power, there’s no risk of electrocution either. 

Aside from safety, LED candles also look great, with some styles having a flickering effect that traditional wax candles offer, creating that warm, cosy ambience that so many people enjoy while bathing. Many LED candles even come with remote controls and timers, which allow you to relax in the perfect amount of lighting for you. They really are the perfect candlelight experience with safety at the forefront, making them an ideal choice for your bathroom space, and throughout the rest of your home.

What materials and colours are best for bathroom light fixtures?

Bathroom lighting fixtures are available in a wide variety of materials. Popular options include plastic, metal, and various metals, such as gold, bronze, silver and chrome. Where the aesthetic is functional and uncluttered, a white plastic light fixture can be ideal for bathrooms. On the other hand, metal is sturdier and can offer more flexibility when it comes to colour – from brass or gold, or black finishes to high-shine silver and chrome for an extra touch of glamorous flair. Whichever material you prefer, make sure it coordinates with the rest of your bathroom accessories when selecting the right one of bathroom lighting.


Which type of lighting should I have in my bathroom?

Having a few different types of lighting in your bathroom can be extremely advantageous – especially if you enjoy a long, luxurious bath in the evening, but you need brightness for showers and getting ready in the morning. Shaving, or applying makeup is significantly easier when you have plenty of light to see clearly, but you want the perfect ambience to make your evening bath much more enjoyable. 

The key then, is to have the right combination of lighting in your bathroom – not just one type. A bright, centrally focused light source on the ceiling or wall will give you an accurate reflection in the mirror, allowing you to avoid mistakes when shaving or applying makeup. Accent lights around the room can also help to improve visibility and reflect light off walls for added brightness. Setting up task lighting near a vanity area will enable you to easily groom with precision.  

Additionally, adding accessories such as a dimmer switch lets you adjust the lighting levels from bright to low, enabling you to create the perfect mood for winding down at night, or energising yourself with an early morning shower. 

With several types of lighting in place, it becomes easy to get ready for work, or to relax in a safely illuminated, yet tranquil setting.

Are LED lights good for bathrooms?

LED lights are becoming increasingly popular for lighting bathrooms. They produce a brightness that is unbeatable, while consuming much less energy than traditional bulbs. As you’d expect, they are available in multiple colour temperatures, and many LEDs are also dimmable which makes them user-friendly, enabling you to create your own ideal brightness setting depending on the time of day or type of task you're carrying out in the bathroom. Because LEDs are much smaller than conventional light bulbs, more features can be packed into bathroom lighting – such as demisters, motion sensors, and shaver sockets. 

Perhaps most importantly, LEDs are much better for the environment since they can last up to 50 times longer than conventional lighting solutions and require significantly less energy to power them. Not only that, but they’re also easier and safer to dispose of at the end of their working lives. They can be easily recycled, but with no mercury contained within the bulb, if they accidentally end up in landfill, they won’t contaminate the local area. For all these reasons plus more, LED lights are perfect for bathroom lighting.

What colour temperature is best for bathroom lighting?

When it comes to lighting in a bathroom, the colour temperature has a major impact on the ambiance and usability of the room. The right choice of light can make your morning routine easier, or to set a relaxing mood for your evening relaxation. Generally, ambient light in bathrooms is best with warm white light, which with its yellowish tint creates an inviting atmosphere and is not too harsh on the eyes. If you want to achieve an extra sense of comfort and tranquillity add extra lighting fixtures with a slight pink hue providing diffused light as this can promote relaxation and helps reduce stress levels.

For task lighting in bathrooms – shaving lights and mirror lights – bright white, or daylight levels of lighting are preferred. As when you’re choosing light fixtures for your bathroom, you may wish to use a combination of different colour temperatures for your bathroom. 

Does bathroom lighting need to be waterproof?

Bathroom lighting definitely needs to be waterproof, especially if it is installed near steam, water or in an area with high levels of humidity. It is important to evaluate the IP (Ingress Protection) rating when deciding on a bathroom light for your home. IP ratings are designed to measure the level of electrical safety and range. A light fixture of IP44 is acceptable in the bathroom, but if you’re installing where additional steam or water splashes might be – such as directly above, or inside a shower cubicle – then look for IP65. 

By checking the IP rating of a lighting fixture, you can be assured that your bathroom lighting won’t be exposed to potential electric shocks or other harm.

Which IP safety rating is best for bathroom lighting?

Figuring out the best IP safety rating for bathroom lighting can be tricky. As we’ve already mentioned, IP stands for ingress protection, a term used to describe the level of protection from electricity, water, and steam. These ratings are given on a scale from IP00 (no protection) to IP67 (entirely waterproof). 

sIP44 is frequently recommended as the optimal IP safety rating for bathrooms. However, depending upon the layout of your home, an electrician may suggest other IP ratings due to zones created by electrical codes. Regardless of which IP safety rating is ultimately selected, it's important to remember that these systems are designed to protect you and your family from accidental electrocution and other potential hazards such as fire or shock.

Do I need an electrician to fit my bathroom lighting?

If you’re thinking about doing a bit of DIY in the bathroom and installing your own lighting, be sure you’re careful. While many bathroom lights in our range are really easy to install, even with no prior experience, there are things that can go wrong. Ultimately, although it is possible to install lights in the bathroom by yourself, having a qualified electrician do the job is almost always advisable, due to the fact that electricity and water are both present together. Always better to err on the side of caution, in our opinion.


Final thoughts

Bathroom lighting is an essential part of any design plan and selecting the right fixtures, bulbs, and accessories is key to getting it right. With careful consideration and planning, however, it’s easy to create a beautiful ambiance while still staying within budget—all while creating a comfortable atmosphere to can relax and refresh yourself after a long day, or to prepare for one. By taking into account all the different types of bathroom lighting fixtures available as well as different bulb options before making your purchase decisions, you’ll be able to ensure you get select the perfect combination for your individual needs.