Choosing the Right Bathroom Lighting

Choose the right lighting in the bathroom seems at first glance no easy task. Everything has to be waterproof? Should I warm white or white lighting?

As we noted in an earlier blog post about the color temperature told, you don’t need the same kind of light anytime, anywhere. Everything is dependent on the task and time of day.

  1. The style: a modern bathroom with designer fixtures may feel some ‘ cooler ‘ than the classic style which in turn what may be cozier. In the first case you should choose natural white or cold white and in the second case you can better go for warm white.
  2. The size: in a small bathroom is sufficient, in order to combine a ceiling fixture with directional lighting to the basin. In a large bathroom you can work with different zones (see below).

The bathroom lighting we can be divided into different zones, each with its own function.


In the bathroom you will work best with indirect lighting and general lighting such as LED strips from BESTCRAFTBLOG. A central ceiling light throws too many shadows. A good alternative: some wall fixtures that the light on the ceiling projection or that are soft and diffused light.


The light above and around the bath should not be too strong and this LED spotlights with a lower power or LED strips for mood lighting. A blinding effect of a spot can be avoided by a luminaire with a diffuse glass of to use. Low voltage lighting is a must (see below).


in the morning you wake up under a refreshing shower and that goes well under a bright and stimulating white light. Provide enough direct light in the shower without being blinded. A LED downlight with a diffuse cover is perfect.


You have clear but soft light need to you to shave or makeup. That you reach by Wall lamps on both sides of the mirror at eye level. You can also the light horizontally above the sink so that it bounces off in the face. That can easily with an LED strip. Avoid at all times shadow surfaces at the mirror, by e.g. a bad placement of recessed lights with a small light corner (so no power LEDs use!).


Never use direct lighting in the toilet! A discreet, yet sufficiently strong light is here the preferred option. A wall light that reflects on the walls and ceiling is much more pleasant than a spot above the toilet.


Water and electricity do not mix, and there are strict standards and rules that this combination settles in the bathroom. The two key terms in this story are: the IP values and Zones. The special safety requirements are in the AREI (General regulations for electrical installations).

The IP value indicates the extent to which the fixture is protected against dust (number 1) and water (number 2). More information about the IP values.

The bathroom lighting can be divided into 4 different zones. Simply put, the closer to a water source, the more severe the security requirements (a high IP rating).

Zone 0 (in and around the bath or shower): minimum IP67

Zone 1 (up to 2.25 m above it): minimum IP65

Zone 2 (RADIUS 60 cm, height < 1, 6 m): minimum IP65

Zone 2 (RADIUS 60 cm, height > 1, 6 m): minimum IP44

Zone 3: minimum IPX1, but IP44 recommended


  • Indirect lightis suitable as ambient lighting, because LED spotlights provide shadows.
  • Bring on separate places some accentswith LED spots next to the ambient lighting. To highlight an object is a PowerLED spot with its typical small light corner just fine. For an atmospheric glow provides a low intensity COB spot of 3W.
  • Use a fixture with diffused glass of to prevent glare.
  • The mirrorfor a combination of frontal diffuse light with LED spotlights.
  • The lighting around the bathmust be attractive .
  • No spot above the toilet, but above the shower.