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Bathroom recessed lighting

Discreet, light and elegant, he has earned his place for some time in the bathroom. Interior decoration enthusiasts know very well what kind of light was it? Here's everything you should know about the bathroom spot dedicated for this piece.

Different models for all tastes

In most lighting stores, you can find a wide range of recessed lights designed for the bathroom. So, you can opt for recessed spots round, square and many others still. There are also models with low consumption for those wishing to achieve a substantial saving on their energy consumption. In order to enjoy all the benefits of using the recessed for Bathroom lights, it is best to apply only to authorized dealers who offer products of the big brand.

The forms and materials

The built-in spotlight is the best solution for a bathroom lighting. In fact, light bulbs and other projection lamps are not very aesthetic. The bathroom spot Meanwhile offers discretion and elegance while preserving the style of decoration of the bathroom.

There are various forms, the most common are round or even square. Some manufacturers offer more extravagant forms, but most people prefer the classic models for not having to adapt the style of decoration of their bathroom.

For materials, you can also choose and play on materials. This choice is particularly important if you give importance to your bathroom décor. The most common models are the recessed lights in white. This color is ideal for blending in the color of your ceiling. This choice of colours allows to properly light the room without burdening their presence on your ceiling.

In addition to the lamps with a white collar, you can also opt for aluminum models. They stand out for their lightness and their design and trend. In addition, they adapt perfectly to all styles of decoration.

There are also black luminaires. They are recommended for those who want to play on contrasts and effect both modern and elegant. Married the color of brass with other colors, requires a certain talent of Decorator. The goal here is to create a harmony of colors in the bathroom.

Many manufacturers also offer lights white epoxy lacquer. It is the perfect material if you are looking for privacy in your bathroom. Its white color gives it a certain charm.

Types of bulbs compatible with your bathroom spot.

The bulb fitted a spot recessed bathroom may burn out and needs to be changed. To do this, you have the choice between different types of bulb. The most recommended for a bathroom is the LED bulb. Today LED bulb models offer the same power than halogen bulbs. However, they are much more economical than the latter. Certainly, LED bulbs are considerably more expensive than other types of bulbs except that they last longer. Expenses related to purchases are then depreciated over time. For the color of the light, the choice must be made taking into account the atmosphere of the bathroom.

In addition to LED bulbs, there are also of a power of 25W or 50W halogen bulbs. These light bulbs give off a lot of heat right for which they are equipped with a deflector. Before using halogen bulbs in the bathroom, it is advisable to ensure that the installation of the recessed was made in full respect of the safety of the user.

The third category of bulb contains the CFL bulbs. The latter are less greedy energy than halogen bulbs, but the lighting level is the same. It is at the level of performance that the difference can be seen. The CFL bulbs illuminate well heated once.

Note that CFLs are not very recommended in a bathroom because their life expectancy will be reduced if they are switched on and off many times during the day.

How to choose the power of the LED spot in the bathroom?

All LED lights are not suitable for use in bathroom. There are models recommended by specialists, but to know them, we must return on the power of this lighting system.

The vast majority of bathroom fixtures feeds from a 220V source, the supply voltage that most households use. Fixtures using this electrical voltage are often accompanied by GU10 bulbs. These lamps are suitable for all rooms in the House except in the bathroom for safety reasons.

If you want to install this type of lamps in your bathroom to ensure lighting, opt for a luminaire very low voltage, a model that runs on a 12V source. This type of lamps is recommended to maintain standard NF C 15-100 that relates to the domestic electrical installations. This standard also requires the UN-installing a any electrical appliance of 220V near the receiver of shower or bathtub.

Still in the framework of compliance with this safety standard, the installation of a built-in 12V luminaire is allowed, but the transformer must be away from the water source.

When choosing the built-in spotlight 12V, check his insulation class. If you plan to install it in a shower, it takes at least that IPX5. On the other hand, if it will be installed away from water sources, the IPX4 is enough and can be directly connected to your current 220 volts. As for bulbs, prefer the GU 5.3 rather than GU 4.

How to choose the processor for his very low voltage (TBT) spot?

If you plan to install a lamp low voltage or 12 volts, should be the choice of the transformer. As a reminder, this is a transformer with a 220V input and output of 12V need you. Note that some processors do not produce an output voltage stable reason for which there is a variation ranging from 12V to 18V. Bulbs and LED bulbs in particular do not support these changes. To make sure the bulbs last in time, opt for a transformer delivering a stable output voltage.

Be aware that you can plug several bulbs on a same transformer provided you follow a number of rules. Make sure at bulb is installed at least two metres from the transformer. Also make sure that the sum of their power is lower than the power output of the transformer. To do this, follow a 15% margin and you will see that your transformer will last in time.

How to proceed to a secure facility in a spot recessed bathroom?

How the name suggests, a spot recessed bathroom is expected to be embedded in a piece of furniture or a false ceiling. Some bulbs fitted to this type of lamps heat up and can cause a fire if installation is not carried out in full respect of the standards.

Precautions to be taken depend on the nature of the lamps to be installed in the bathroom. In the case of LED spotlights built-in, plan a false ceiling of 10 cm minimum. Thus, air will flow correctly and bulb promises to last in time. If you use an insulation in the ceiling, make sure he doesn't bother aeration of the lamp and the bulb.

For recessed lights CFLs, there is no place to leave as much space between the ceiling and the false ceiling. These bulbs heat up less to use and the risk of fire or short circuit is limited.

As for the installation of the LED spot, also plan a good space between the ceiling and the false ceiling during the installation of a 12V transformer. Such devices also gives off heat and requires good ventilation to function optimally.

In case you plan to include fixtures recessed into furniture, choose lamps very low voltage which are provided for the specific joints. Fire risk will then spread and the rendering will simply impressive.

What precautions to take for the installation of a built-in spotlight in the bathroom?

A led a debain room built-in installation requires no specific conditions in the living room, in rooms or in the kitchen. On the other hand, if you plan to use this type of lighting in the bathroom, do not neglect the protection index. The bathroom is a place wet reason to focus on moisture-resistant fixtures.

For installation in the cabin near the receiver of shower or bathtub or shower, choose a spot very low voltage with a 65 degree of protection (IP65). For areas located nearby (60cm around), you can use templates IP44. For the rest, even spots in IP23 would agree.

Tips for installation

A person used to make the electrical connections easily cope with the installation of a bathroom spot. On the other hand, the location and setting, to a certain rigor.

Note that, depending on the light outside diameters and built-in diameters can differ. Where the intended installation location is already pierced, please check the dimensions required for the imbedding of the lamp prior to purchase. If you can't find a lamp with the diameter of exact embedding, take a model with a diameter slightly below. Should not the difference in diameter is too large, because the recessed spot may not properly bind to the ceiling.

Moreover, if you have not yet broken through the ceiling, you have the choice as to the diameter proposed by different brands. Measure the diameter of imbedding of the lamps of your choice and use a bell saw to pierce the ceiling. You just more then plug in lamps.

During installation, also take into account the depth of Embedment. If you have a good depth of Embedment (between 6 and 13cm), you can use all models of very low voltage fixtures. On the other hand, with a shallow depth of Embedment, you can use an extra flat LED spot.

Consideration of the depth of Embedment is important as part of the installation of this type of fixture in the bathroom and for security reasons.

The atmosphere in the bathroom?

If you want to create a specific atmosphere in your bathroom, choose recessed spots according to their power and their color temperature. In order to get the results up to your expectations, opt for LEDs recessed spots. These are known to provide an approximate power equivalent that varies from one brand to another. In general, a 5W LED bulb provides the same brightness as a halogen of 50W. For can't go wrong you, feel free to compare the luminous flux (expressed in Lumens) on the packaging of the luminaire.

In order to create a specific atmosphere in the bathroom, the color temperature also deserves some attention. This temperature will warm white to cold white. If you want to reproduce the color of halogen lamps, which is a warm color, go for the 2700 k and 3000 k. On the other hand, if you want to establish a cold atmosphere in the bathroom, choose 4000 k.

Why choose your bathroom spots?

In the bathroom, humidity reigns and electrical installations must be protected to prevent the dangers. This part of the House is the only one that accepts not all models of recessed lights. Only those with a degree of protection IP65 can be installed near the bathtub or the shower receptor. The very low voltage spots are also preferred because those feeding on a 220V source prove to be dangerous in a humid place.

The installation must also meet a number of criteria for the safety of the user. If necessary, feel free to call a professional to carry out the installation.


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