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    Which Downlights for bathroom...?

    Looking to fit downlights in the bathroom- do i need special waterproof ones?. When browsing i have seen 'suitable for bathroom zone 3'- What does this mean?

    Can anyone recommend any.

    Thanks

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    http://www.allupandon.co.uk/images/pages/bathroomzonediagram.jpg

    Bathroom Zone 0 - the interior of the bath or shower that can hold water. Requires electrical products to be low voltage (max 12V) and rated IPX7.

    Bathroom Zone 1 - the area directly above zone 0, limited to a height of 2.25m above the bath or shower. Requires electrical products to have an IPX4 or better.
    Products using safety extra low voltage (SELV) can be used but the transformer must be located in zone 3 or beyond. If the fitting is fed by a 240V supply a 30ma residual current device (RCD) must also be used to protect the circuit in this zone.

    Bathroom Zone 2 - the area beyond zones 0 and 1, stretching 0.6m horizontally and up to 2.25m vertically. Also includes the recessed area of a window with a sill next to the bath. Requires electrical products to have an IPX4 or better. SELV with the transformer located in zone 3 or beyond.

    Not Zoned (was Bathroom Zone 3) - the area beyond zone 2, stretching 2.4m horizontally and up to 2.25m vertically, used to be rated as Zone 3 but this is now not separated and any lighting fitting can go in this area. There is not a specified IP number for this area, although some products are marked as not for bathroom use. SELV or shaver units are permitted, all other portable electrical equipment is not.

    Notes
    • When the size of the bathroom extends beyond zone 3, portable electrical equipment must be restricted, e.g. cable length is restricted so it cannot be moved into zone 3.
    • Where ceiling heights exceed 2.25m, the zones effectively extend up to 3m with beyond 3m un-zoned.
    • Basins are not covered, although they are usually consider to be zone 2.
    • If the space under the bath cannot be accessed without using a tool (i.e. a screwdriver) then that space is considered un-zoned.
    Full details of regulations can be found in the latest copy of the IEE wiring regulations.
    All electrical work in a bathroom must be carried out by a qualified electrician, if you have questions in relation to bathroom lighting that are specific to your situation we strongly advise you contact a professional for further advice.

    Pinched from allupandon.co.uk/bat…tml

    sassie;8952646

    link for bathroom zones … link for bathroom zones http://www.allupandon.co.uk/bathroom-lighting-zones-diagram.html



    You googled it as well!

    I should have done this when I fitted my bathroom lights as I've put Zone 3 lights in Zone 1, explains why they where half the price!

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    pugw$sh;8952657

    You googled it as well! I should have done this when I fitted my bathroom … You googled it as well! I should have done this when I fitted my bathroom lights as I've put Zone 3 lights in Zone 1, explains why they where half the price!



    Oh no, not good :w00t:

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    sassie;8952663

    Oh no, not good :w00t:



    he/she sounds like you :?

    Original Poster

    So am i right in thinking the ceiling is zone 3?

    tommy_1;8952706

    So am i right in thinking the ceiling is zone 3?



    Only if it is above 2.25m, if you have a bathroom with a low ceiling then the ceiling above the shower/ bath is Zone 1.

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    lumoruk;8952695

    he/she sounds like you :?



    if you could see the state of my light, i would say i am worse, its just hanging :oops:

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    pugw$sh;8952657

    You googled it as well! I should have done this when I fitted my bathroom … You googled it as well! I should have done this when I fitted my bathroom lights as I've put Zone 3 lights in Zone 1, explains why they where half the price!


    quite dangerous now then

    What I have:
    screwfix.com/pro…60W
    with something like this:
    lamps2udirect.com/pag…432

    10years since that was installed, still not had to replace the bulb.

    I do have 3x20w halogens over the mirror and sink though which the girls like.

    Original Poster

    pugw$sh;8952724

    Only if it is above 2.25m, if you have a bathroom with a low ceiling then … Only if it is above 2.25m, if you have a bathroom with a low ceiling then the ceiling above the shower/ bath is Zone 1.




    The downlights are for a downstairs toilet without a bath/shower, so i think the ceiling should be zone 3.

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    tommy_1;8955215

    The downlights are for a downstairs toilet without a bath/shower, so i … The downlights are for a downstairs toilet without a bath/shower, so i think the ceiling should be zone 3.



    so it isnt a bathroom then, why didnt you just say your toilet in the opening post - lol


    you can put any light up

    Just trying to get final quotes for new bathroom. Have noticed some people spotlight / downlights look tarnished / rusted after only a short time. Don't want that to happen. Good info re the zones. And I also have a lots of girls and was wondering what lights to get for the mirror area.

    I am also keen on fitting a UVPC ceiling. Latest quote has not included an extractor fan but all the others have. Are they a good idea?

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    iglimpse;8955966

    Just trying to get final quotes for new bathroom. Have noticed some … Just trying to get final quotes for new bathroom. Have noticed some people spotlight / downlights look tarnished / rusted after only a short time. Don't want that to happen.



    The rusting occurs when dirt, condensation is allowed to form on it the surface. Cleaning once a week would prevent it rusting.

    lumoruk;8956664

    The rusting occurs when dirt, condensation is allowed to form on it the … The rusting occurs when dirt, condensation is allowed to form on it the surface. Cleaning once a week would prevent it rusting.



    :whistling: Clean once a week.......

    This site is turning me into a domestic goddess. Was told to do the same with my door knockers :-D
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