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Bathroom Led Lights with Complete Green Solutions/Cd Electrical

Posted on May 28, 2014 by Chris

Want to make your bathroom modern looking? add a bit of class? Well with led lighting you can, creating a relaxed atmosphere for unwinding in the bath after a long day, its easy just ask the professionals at Complete Green Solutions.

If you are installing LED Lights in your bathroom, you will first need to check the IP Rating of your fittings and whether they are suitable for the area in which you intend to use them.

What is an IP ("Ingress Protection") Rating?

All electrical enclosures are assigned an IP Rating, which provide an insight into the level of protection offered against moisture and other foreign bodies. (i.e. dust, dirt etc)

An IP rating consists of the letters IP followed by two numbers. The first number describes the level of protection offered against intrusion, while the second number refers to how water-resistant the enclosure is.

What is IP Zoning?

As working with electricity in close proximity to water can be dangerous, an extra guidline called an IP Zoning is used. These split the bathroom into three main "zones" with a minimum IP requirement for each.

Zone 0 is inside the bath or shower. Any fittings situated in this zone must be low voltage (max 12V) and offer protection against complete immersion, i.e. IP67.

Zone 1 is the area just above the bath at a vertical distance of 2.25m from the floor. Any light fittings in this area need a minimum rating of IP65.

Zone 2 refers to the area beyond a horizontal distance of 0.6m from of the bath and a height of 2.25m from the floor. In this zone a rating of at least IP44 is required.

These zones give installers a clear, visual guideline as to what IP rated fittings can be used in which areas of the bathroom. All IP zoning's are written in regulation, so need to be adhered to.

Most LED Down lights have an IP65 rating, making them suitable for use in Zone 1 and 2 of the bathroom. Our LED Strip Lights are also available with an IP65 rated coating, which means they can  also be used in the same locations.

The IP rating of a product should always be clearly stated in the product specifications. If not, contact the retailer.



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