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The Best Ceiling Lights For Your Bathroom

Providing lighting for the bathroom presents its own special problems and contradictions. The bathroom gets used at all times of the day or night, so lights are essential.

Lighting means electric light. The bathroom is frequently quite wet and we all know electricity and water do not mix well. Bathroom ceiling lights are the best option for the main lighting in the bathroom because the ceiling is as far away from water as you can get. However there is still steam to consider, even with a good extractor.

Zones and Ratings

Electrical safety regulations divide bathrooms into zones , Zone 0 being the wettest, actually in the bath or shower tray and Zone 3 being the least likely to get wet. Any area more than 2.25 metres above floor level is in zone 3. The average ceiling height in modern properties is around 2.4 metres, higher in older houses, so bathroom ceiling lights are likely to be in zone 3.  For more in-depth details of this topic take a look at our complete guide to bathroom zones.

This zoning is to enable electricians and anyone buying lights to know what degree of protection is needed for a given location. To find the degree of protection provided to a light, look for the IP Rating. This consists of the letters IP followed by two digits. The first digit refers to protection against fingers, solid objects, dust etc., the second to protection against the ingress of moisture. The higher the figure in each case the higher the degree of protection. Our guide to IP Ratings will give you the full rundown of what is what when it comes to IP ratings.

Be safe – use a professional

Installing bathroom ceiling lights should always be carried out by a qualified electrician. However you may well be choosing the lights yourself for him or her to install, so even a basic knowledge of the requirements will save you time and trouble and may even impress your electrician!

IP as standard

Bathroom ceiling lights to be installed in Zone 3 do not actually require an IP Rating at all. However remember, the regulations prescribe minimum requirements and it makes sense to use only IP rated lights anywhere in the bathroom if only because they are likely to last much longer, quite apart from any safety aspects. All the bathroom ceiling lights sold by Lighting Direct are IP rated to at least IP44.

Flush is plush

A small bathroom of a regular shape may only need a single bathroom ceiling light. Others may require several lights. In either case the use of flush fitting ceiling lights not only looks attractive, they keep cleaner and having their working bits concealed behind the ceiling helps to protect from the steam generated by a hot bath or shower. Here is a selection of bathroom ceiling lights available from Lighting Direct to help you find the right bathroom lighting for you.

Recessed downlights

We’ll start with multiple recessed downlights. Lighting Direct recommends any of the following examples.

1. The Astro Trimless Fire Rated Downlight is an inconspicuous fitting with a plastered over, trimless finish that is beautifully flush to the ceiling. A popular product from British manufacturers Astro.

2. The Luceco F-Eco 5W Dimmable LED Downlight is a fully dimmable fixed fitting that comes with quick-connect push-fit terminals for stress free installation. It is fully dimmable and has an average life expectancy of 25,000 hours, plus a 3 year guarantee. Available in a white finish, brushed steel, and polished chrome.

3. The Integral EvoFire Fire Rated Low Profile Fixed Downlight here is a great value super-slim 0.8mm bezel is 10 times slimmer than standard downlight bezels and incorporates push terminals to allow rapid installation.

To flush or semi-flush – that is the question

Lighting Direct also has many recommended flush or semi-flush bathroom ceiling lights. Full details of all of them can be found in our bathroom lighting section but here is a brief look at some of them.

1. The 3 Arm Semi-Flush ceiling light in a polished chrome finish with clear glass shades is a stylish fitting suitable for use in bathroom zones 1 and 2.

2. Offering traditional style, the Bubble 3 light Led Spotlight Plate is IP44 rather and suitable for zones 1 and 2. It is only 200mm wide and suitable for smaller to medium sized bathrooms.

3. For something even more glamorous, the Orlando Flush Ceiling Light with cascading clear glass balls on hanging chains is a light that becomes a real statement piece as soon as you install it.

4. Our top choice for a simple, but effective flush bathroom ceiling light: The Edit Aqua Flush Ceiling Light is a round fitting with opal glass diffuser suitable for use anywhere in your bathroom.

A little bit more

If you really want to inject style into your bathroom via your ceiling lights and have sufficient ceiling height that a more protruding design is suitable, you will probably love the Ganso Bathroom Ceiling Chandelier. This stunning light has machine cut clear glass prisms on a chrome metal frame. It is IP44 rated so you can install it in Zones 1 and 2.

The choice is yours

The best ceiling lights for your bathroom could be any one of the above. Having said that, you know your bathroom best and if these don’t quite give you what you want feel free to browse our full selection of bathroom lighting to find your ideal bathroom ceiling light.

Looking for more inspiration and advice? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

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Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Ceiling lights – room size matters

Of all the things that can really tie a room together – comfy sofas, great paintings, or even that perfect rug – perhaps the most important is the ceiling light. Not only is it likely to be a centrepiece in its own right, but the type of fitting you choose will dictate the ambiance of the room.

It’s not always easy to find the perfect ceiling light for a particular room. However it is definitely a good idea to let the size of the room be a guide to which type of fitting you choose.

Height matters

The best choice of lighting generally depends on the size of the room – especially the height of the ceiling – and shape, and what you hope to achieve in terms of décor. Do you want your lighting to be literally just that – appearing almost from nowhere for a minimalist design? Or do you want the fitting itself to be a bold and striking part of the décor? The perfect fitting can be an amazing talking point, but so can a badly chosen fitting (just ask a tall guest who has hit their head on a badly placed pendant light for the tenth time).

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If you do live somewhere with low ceilings, and wall-mounted lights don’t entirely fit your lighting needs – living in a large open plan basement flat, for example – flush-fitting ceiling lights are ideal for casting the maximum amount of light into the room, without getting in the way. It used to be the case that you couldn’t use higher wattage bulbs in flush fittings due to the heat given off. However cooler modern energy saving bulbs mean that you can have exactly the brightness you desire.

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Direct your lighting

If you want more directional lighting, but like the idea of keeping it flush to the ceiling, spotlights may be the ideal solution. Spotlights are wonderful for creating interesting lighting effects, and also for focused lighting in specific areas. This makes them perfect for illuminating kitchen worktops or the home office. They are also great for lighting up your favourite pictures and ornaments.

For a medium sized room you may want a light fitting that makes more of a statement, but without getting in the way. In this case, a Semi-flush fitting may be just what you’re looking for. Semi-flush fittings have only a small amount of drop to allow them to remain relatively close to the ceiling. You will find these fitting included in our flush light range. Some semi-flush lights have individual fixtures that can be directed where you want, giving you the versatility of a spotlight.

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Pendant pleasure

If space is no object there are many pendant lights to choose from, to suit every type of décor, from traditional to modern, colourful to minimalist. Ideal for rooms with medium to high ceilings, pendant lights allow you to create a more intimate feeling, even in larger rooms. This style of lighting is perfect for defining a relaxed and homely environment by deploying both light and shadow.

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Thinking big

Finally, if you have a more traditional room and you want to make a bold statement, you may be looking for a chandelier or two. A chandelier creates an instant dramatic effect, even when not switched on. They also work well with larger items of furniture, such as big dining tables, to make a room feel balanced. If you are lucky enough to have large rooms with high ceilings in your home then why not fill them out and show them off with a magnificent and inspiring chandelier.

Why not take a look at our full range of Ceiling Lights.

Looking for more inspiration and guidance? Go to Lighting Ideas

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Ceiling Lights – 10 Essential Buying Tips

Updating your ceiling lights used to consist of simply buying new lampshades that match the new décor and that was that. Now we have an enormous choice of ceiling lights in various styles and designs. We have come to appreciate the benefits of choosing the right lighting for a particular room. A light fitting can either make or break the overall impact of the décor.

Things to consider

When buying ceiling lights there are a number of aspects you should consider, but the most basic rule to remember is: Don’t fall into the trap of buying a ceiling light fitting you like and then trying to work out which room it might suit. Do it the other way round. First look at the room and then look for ceiling lights that will enhance it.

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Size of room

First you need to consider the width. Long, narrow rooms are awkward to light effectively. Instead of a centrally mounted pendant ceiling light you may want to go for track lighting. Several spotlights are mounted on a track to provide a more versatile distribution of light. A fine example of this is the Robus Acorn 3 Light and Track Kit. This one is particularly well suited to a kitchen or dining area. You can add additional track and spotlights of up to thirty metres.

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Height is crucial

Pendant lights and chandeliers work great with higher ceilings but if you have low ceilings, as in many modern homes, flush and semi-flush fittings may be better. The example here is the Luther 4 Light Semi-Flush ceiling light with crystal glass shades and a polished chrome finish. It’s a truly elegant addition to any living or dining room.

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The easy way to update

For a quick and easy way to revamp your home lighting décor you can’t beat simply replacing the shades on your existing ceiling lights. There’s nothing wrong with going for the lazy option as long as you get the style just right, for example the Funk 27 transparent shade will instantly give a room a modern and stylish feel.

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Keep it simple and you won’t go far wrong

At Lighting Direct we have lots of products that make a bold statement on their own. However if you are not 100% sure about what works stylistically in a particular room there is nothing wrong with playing it safe with a simple neutral ceiling light. Have a look at the Dar Zaragoza 3 Light Cream Pendant for example.

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Lighting for wet rooms

In the Bathroom you need to consider IP rating as well as size and style. If you are not familiar with IP ratings, consult Lighting Direct’s excellent “Guide to IP Ratings” and all will become clear. Briefly the IP rating measures how well the fitting is protected against ingress of dust and water. As an example, if you take a look at the Mantra Semi-Flush Fitting, you’ll see that it is IP44 Rated, which means it is suitable for the bathroom.

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Childproof

In rooms predominantly used by children you’ll want everything to be child friendly. Lighting Direct has a range of fittings specifically designed for children. The Speedy Flush for example delicately diffuses the light for a soft illumination perfect for the little ones who want to fall asleep with the lights on.

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The amount of illumination

You should also consider how much light you want and/or need for a particular room. Larger rooms, obviously, need larger fittings to light them appropriately. The Minster 6 Light Dual Mount in Ivory/Gold is an elegant fitting perfect for a larger room. Alternatively you may want to use a number of smaller fittings. It all depends on the lighting style you are trying to achieve.

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Efficiency is key

LED or dedicated low energy fittings are well worth considering for their long life and cost efficiency. The Kasko LED Ceiling Fitting gives you all the benefits of LED lighting. You will generally have to pay a little bit more for the initial layout for LED fittings but don’t let that put you off as the return will be well worth it.

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To co-ordinate or not?

Ceiling lights that are part of a co-ordinated range can be really helpful to develop a complementary décor throughout your home. Take the Kennedy 3 Light Semi-Flush Fitting in Antique Brass for example. It is part of a range that encompasses a selection of wall lights, table lights and floor lights as well as ceiling lights.

Is it you?

Your ceiling lights, along with your general décor, should reflect your tastes and personality. Lighting Direct offers fittings in a whole range of different styles from traditional and retro right through to the most contemporary designs. Browse them all to find the style that best reflects who you are.

It is a good idea to keep these ten tips in mind whenever you are looking for ceiling lights. They should help you make the right choices. If you are still not sure about anything, Lighting Direct’s experts are here to help, you only need to get in touch.

Now you know what to bear in mind when looking for ceiling lights, why not take a look at our full range of ceiling lights.

Alternatively for more inspiration try our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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The rise and rise of the pendant light – Lighting Direct’s best-sellers

There is no doubt that pendant lighting is super-stylish and will help round off your interior décor perfectly; whether you’re looking for pendant lights for a modern or traditional setting, these glamorous, contemporary or classic themed lights will help enhance your home and living spaces and also have a design that won’t go out of fashion fast.

Pendants can be used in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and hallways for warm, sparkly or slick illumination. Below we throw some light on twelve of our bestselling pendant lights to help you in your search for your perfect light.

Bar Pendants

Thanks to it’s unique but practical shape, the bar pendant light is ideal for use over dining tables, although it can really be placed anywhere you see fit. The Station 3 Light Bar Pendant – Cotswold Cream for example, would look wonderful placed over a breakfast bar in a bistro or french-inspired kitchen. Or if cool and contemporary is your thing, you could go for the Boda 3 Light Pendant, which is fresh, clean and modern with a designer feel. This great looking bar light would look equally as good in a living room or bedroom as it would a dining room and offers soft, diffused light that is still strong and effervescent enough for the every day.

Stylish Chandeliers

Most chandeliers have a traditional ‘feel’ as they are based on traditional designs that at one point accepted real candles. Nowadays, most accept candle bulbs but are a mixture of traditional design and modern materials, such as the Oxford 6 Light Chandelier – Polished Chrome. This striking chandelier combines real lead crystal with a durable polished chrome finish and an old-style design for a pendant light that definitely makes a statement. This would be ideal for hanging in a hallway for an instant, eye-catching statement feature. If you like chandeliers but like authentic looking finishes, the Vaudeville 5 Light Pendant may be the perfect light for you. This impressive light has a beautiful antique brass finish and elegant design that would sit well in a house which is dedicated to the timeless.

Cluster & Cascade

Cluster and cascade lighting is ideal for hallways, stairs and high ceilings due to a design that mostly consists of multiple lights closely spaced in a cluster or cascade formation. They are brilliant for creating illumination that sparkles and for making an impact. The Galileo 20 Light 2M Pendant would be most suited to placement in a hallway with a very high ceiling, due to its wonderful cascade design and would fit in perfectly with soft décor and furnishings. This kind of light wouldn’t need to be replaced in a hurry as its neutral crystal finish fits in with most colour themes.

The stunning Light Eye Cluster Pendant is a wonderfully striking pendant light in an elegant modern polished chrome design. Ideal for those who like a contemporary touch, it would make an eye-catching feature placed above a spiral stairwell.

Perfect Pendants

Single pendants are perfect for almost any setting from large to small. They are easy to install and provide a simple way to add instant edge or glamour to a room. The Zaragoza 3 Light Pendant – Red – 600mm, for example, can be used to make a bold and striking statement. This red pendant light would look gorgeous in a retro setting, either in a living room or bedroom.

Rise & Fall

Rise and Fall lighting is a stylish option based on the French designs of the mid 1900’s where they were commonly used to light kitchens, cafes and bistros. The excellent thing about these lights is that they can be height-adjusted at any point after installation, giving you complete control over the type of illumination you want to achieve. Keep them at ceiling height for a stronger starker light for everyday activities; lower them for warm, cosy dining and relaxation. The Alessandra Rise and Fall Pendant would look beautiful dotted at various points throughout a contemporary kitchen and would also fit in with most decors and furnishings thanks to an unobtrusive design. If you want something a little bolder, why not bring a slight continental feel into your home with the Polka Rise and Fall Pendant – Antique Brass, which definitely makes a statement. This rise and fall pendant is excellent for placement over a dining table or breakfast bar.

Semi-Flush

If you like the stylish and opulent but lack the space for huge statement pieces, our semi-flush ceiling lights may provide you with the perfect solution. As semi-flush lights are fixed to the ceiling via a short-bar, they are ideal for properties with low ceilings as they don’t hang down. The unusual and unobtrusive Tugel 3 Light Flush Fitting – Satin Chrome combines an aesthetically pleasing swirl design with the durability of modern materials for a ceiling light that will deliver on all fronts. This floral-inspired light would look great in a living-room. However, if you prefer something with a bit more glitz, the very shiny Sassari 5 Light Semi Flush Fitting could be your perfect match. Faceted glass droplets will add sparkle and shine to any low-ceilinged room.

We hope our best selling pendant lights have provided you with some inspiration or better still delivered your ideal light to you on a plate. If you haven’t quite found what your looking for why not browse our full range of pendant lights?

Alternatively, if you’re looking for more inspiration try our Lighting Ideas section.

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Track lighting explained

When you’re looking to shine light on precise areas of a room, there are several options open to you. In the kitchen, or bathroom, where the position of furniture and units is less likely to be casually rearranged, plate spotlights can be perfectly angled to illuminate surfaces and features. Similarly, a light bar allows you to shed light exactly where you need it, and is sometimes adjustable in length or angle.

Versatile lighting

Neither of these solutions, however, is quite as versatile as track lighting, the reason being that a track lighting system can be customised to travel around a room, or along the full length of a room, and delivers power to any position along its course without the need for individual wiring. This is especially good for rooms that you may want to rearrange from time to time—remembering that a change is as good as a rest!

In a living room, for example, maybe you want to illuminate bookcases or shelves, ornaments or pictures, a fireplace, or your favourite reading chair. If you have a large kitchen, perhaps with an island, a track lighting system can deliver all the fuss-free flexibility you need to perfectly illuminate all necessary areas. Long, straight lengths of track lighting are perfect for spaces such as hallways, which you might like to line with artwork. Using a track lighting set-up, simply click lights into place to suit your gallery!

Office lights

If you have an existing home office, or are planning one, track lighting is the ideal means of illumination. You can direct light onto work areas, and reduce the chances of eye strain associated with fluorescent lights. You’ll also be able to avoid the glare of an overall light on the surface of your monitor or in your line of vision, which is particularly useful for anyone working in graphic design or photography; controlling surrounding light allows you to better discern the full tonal range of your monitor and helps you to produce your best work.

Easy to install

Track lighting is versatile, affordable, and typically easy to install using the wiring from an existing fixture. Lighting Direct offer track lighting systems in a choice of finishes: take a look at the Madison Satin Chrome 3 Light Track Light Kit or the Madison White 3 Light Track Light Kit, which you can extend if desired with our 1 and 2 metre lengths of track and in-line connectors. Up to 30 metres of track can be linked together! The IP20 rating makes the recessed track inaccessible to fingers, assuming a measurement greater than 12mm, so your safety is assured.

Bear in mind the nature of track lighting, which is a linear series of spotlights designed mostly for task and accent purposes. While it may be suitable for lighting small or narrow spaces or highlighting features and creating atmosphere, it’s not necessarily a replacement for diffused, general light that casts light across a wide space. So you might want to consider how best to blend different types of light, particularly in larger rooms.

Lights on a wire

There are alternatives to traditional track lighting, too, that offer slightly differing advantages. One such possibility is cable lighting, or lights on a wire, such as the Scope Wire Light System available from Lighting Direct. A wire lighting system has an extremely contemporary look, which is one reason for choosing it over other, often cheaper systems, but it really comes into its own where no easy mounting surface exists. Install a cable or wire light system across beamed or uneven ceilings with ease! Wire lighting can span distances of up to five or six metres without vertical support.

Lighting-Direct offers a solution to your lighting requirements, whatever they may be, and with our readily available expert advice you can be assured you’re on the right track!

Check out our full range of Track Lighting.

Need more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.