what lights to use in bathroom/shower room
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rose
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what lights to use in bathroom/shower room

by rose » Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:13 pm

can someone advise me on what type of lights to buy for use in bathroom/shower rooms please.
If they are downlights do they have to have a glass covering over the bulb?

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by moggy1968 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:37 pm

that rather depends on where they are in the bathroom, the nature of your ceiling and the type of lighting you want. this will govern wether you need IP rated (against water ingress) lights, wether you need to reinstate existing standards of fire protection etc etc.

it's not as simple as just buying some new lights and banging them in. Also, unless you are doing a like for like replacement this work will be notifiable under part P as the bathroom is a special location and as such needs to be done by a competent person who can register the works for you, or you need to notify building control before work commences.

All this basically means you need an electrician, so he will come and do a free survey (if he won't don't use him!) and you can discuss your lighting options with him then. He should also check wether you have main bonding and supplementary bonding if it is needed (probably, unless you've had a new DB in the last year or so) and wether your current installation is suitable for the work you have in mind.
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by bd3cc » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:32 pm

They should be IP rated and labelled as suitable for bathroom, so it is not only the lamp that needs a glass cover.
Bathrooms are notifiable locations whatever you are doing.

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by rosebery » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:19 pm

"Bathrooms are notifiable locations whatever you are doing."

But not for direct replacements of existing items where the circuit doesn't change. Its a moot point, though, whether an MWC is required when doing a replacement.

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by moggy1968 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:05 pm

IP rating is only required if the light is installed within the zones.

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by rose » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:06 pm

thanks to all who replied in answer to my question.

got it sorted

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