IP65 waterproof Downlights are currently among the most popular lighting options for bathrooms. Bathrooms are typically constantly moist and wet and for that reason, they need special consideration compared to other rooms in the house when choosing the most suitable downlights. Bathroom IP65 waterproof Downlights need to be highly tolerant to water since mixing water with electricity is never a good idea.
Therefore, when choosing a bathroom IP65 waterproof Downlights, you have to check its IP rating. IP, or Ingress Protection ratings are used to define the sealing effectiveness levels of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign substances such as dust and moisture. Bathrooms’ IP ratings are generally split into four zones depending on where you intend to place the light. They include:
Zone 0 - it is a light that is deeply submerged in water, for example in a bathtub, wet floor, or the shower itself. Any lighting used in this zone needs to have a maximum of 12 voltage and a minimum rating of IP67.
Zone 1 - the area above the shower or bath to a height of 2.25m from the floor. This zone requires a fitting with a minimum rating of IP67, but it is generally accepted that IP65 is to be used. Most lights used in the bathroom are rated at IP65 anyway.
Zone 2 - it is the area that stretches 0.6m outside the perimeter of the bath to a height of 2.25m from the floor. This zone requires a fitting with a minimum rating of IP44. The area around a washbasin within a 60cm radius of any tap should also be considered as zone 2.
Zone 3 - it is any area outside zones 0, 1, and 2 and where no water jet is likely to be used. This area has no special requirements. However, it is advisable to consider a light with a minimum rating of IP20.
If you have a large bathroom that is prone to becoming steamy, your options will depend on your taste, style preferences, and the minimum IP rating for the area your light will be fitted in. If you have a large, steamy bathroom, you can consider installing a few downlights with a greater beam angle such as 60 degrees to ensure you have sufficient light illuminating the entire room.
Steamy bathrooms require adequate lighting to reduce dark spots and increase visibility when it is steamy. It is also important to note that the best lights in the bathroom are either fluorescent or LED. Other hot lights will cause water condensation and turn it into steam, making the bathroom more steamy than average. When a bathroom with ventilation issues becomes too steamy, you will require an extractor fan to suck the excess steam out.
If you have a small bathroom, you can consider a smaller-sized downlight to give you a finer feeling of the open space. You can also combine a few tiltable lights and install them in corners and mirrors for some extraordinary illumination.