Bathroom IP zoning
Firstly when looking for bathroom lights there are a number of considerations apart from the style you wish to use. There are Regulations on what lights can be used in different parts of the bathroom known as zones and lights should be IP rated for use within these zones. We all know that water and electricity is a deadly combination
What is IP zoning for bathrooms?
To illustrate the IP zoning regulations, we have divided the bathroom into areas, which are classified using the numbers 0, 1, 2.
Zone 0 – Inside the bath or shower. Any fittings used here must be SELV (Separated Extra Low Voltage – max. 12 Volts) and have a minimum rating of IP67 - protected against immersion in water, total immersion proof;
Zone 1 – Above the bath or shower to a height if 2.25m. Recommended IP rating: IP65. If the fitting is 240 volts a 30mA residual current device (RCD) must also be used to protect the circuit in this zone;
Zone 2 – The area stretching to 0.6m outside..