Bathroom lighting regulations
IP ratings (Ingress Protection Ratings)
All installations must comply to guidelines which are based on a zonal concept similar to that used for the installation of lighting around swimming pools.
It’s all about the Lumens
There seems to be some confusion these days about how to measure the brightness of a bulb. It was relatively simple when we all used incandescent lights. You could choose from a 40, 60, 75 or 100 watt bulb, and we all have a rough idea how bright that will be. With the introduction of CFL and LED technology, this now has got a little bit more complicated.
Nowadays it’s all about the lumens!
A lumen is a standard unit of light as it is perceived to the human eye. Essentially it will tell you how bright something is, unlike a watt, which is actually a measurement of energy consumption or output. The lighting industry has standardised ways that it measures the total emission of light from a product and this information is now included on most product packaging.
|Bulb Type||Bulb Efficiency (Lumens per Watt)|
|Standard Incandescent Lamp||Approx. 15 Lumens|
|Halogen Lamp||Approx. 25 Lumens|
|Compact Flourescent Lamp (CFL)||Approx. 50 Lumens|
|LED Lamp||Approx. 80 Lumens|
Below is our easy to follow traffic light system on how to select your energy saving bulb option.