Having new lighting installed in your bathroom can really change the whole room without the expense and the mess of a major re-model. It can also provide the perfect finish for your newly-installed bathroom suite. The overall cost of the job will depend on the lights, fittings and accessories that you choose. But the cost of hiring your electrician for the job will ususally be dictated by how many lights you need fitting, the size of the bathroom and the difficulty of the task. New bathrooms may require more work to hook them up to the electricity supply, but this should not add an inordinate amount to the overall cost of the job.
Downlights are increasingly popular in all rooms in the home, but they make particular sense in the bathroom, where the recessed lighting can provide an even light in the room while also spotlighting areas such as mirrors, the bath and the shower. Downlight installation will require your electrician to drill holes in the bathroom ceiling for each of the lights you need, which can be time-consuming. They will then have to fit each light into the ceiling and hook them all up to the electrical supply. You can also achieve a similar effect with spotlights placed on a track or rail.
Others may prefer ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted clusters of lights, single lights or even strip-lights, with everything from Victorian to Art Deco styles on offer. Your electrician should even be able to fit you a glamorous Hollywood-style illuminated mirror, which can also light the room. They may even be able to save you money by offering advice on cheaper brands or more practical or economical ways to light your bathroom.
All lights fitted in your bathroom will need to be ‘IP-rated’, which means that they are ingress protected and tested for safety in a wet or steamy environment. The ratings required are different for each part of the bathroom, but your tradesman should be able to point you in the right direction if you are buying the items for them to come and fit.
Safety is paramount in the wet of your bathroom, so it pays to use an experienced electrician to carry out any lighting work. Your lighting will need to be earthed and wired into the system with a safety cord used to turn the lights on and off. A Part-P registered electrician should know all current safety regulations, which means you will have a safe high quality installation of any lighting fittings and fixtures. They will also be able to tell you if you will need an extra circuit for your lighting needs or any additions to your consumer unit/fuse box.
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