Shedding light on bathroom pendant lights: Safety and style

Two Elliston statement pendant lights hang over a large freestanding bath.

Bathroom pendant lights have become increasingly popular, adding warmth and texture that and providing focused illumination. Typically, they're suspended near the mirror or sometimes positioned in a corner above to the bath, either way they have the potential to create a real wow factor.

Safety first: Understanding the zones

We all know water and electricity do not mix. So before we get to the fun stuff, we need to talk safety. Make sure you engage your electrician early in your planning to ensure your lighting choices are compliant with these regulations. 

Not everyone will be able to hang bathroom pendant lights. If you are not able to have them in your bathroom, the powder room is a great alternative!

Lighting in the bathroom isn't just about style; there are rules to follow. Australian Standards (AS3000) lay out the dos and don'ts of bathroom lighting. Imagine your bathroom split into zones, each with its own set of rules. Here's the lowdown:

Zone 0 - The Water's Edge

Baths: inside the bath.

Showers: shower walls, shower floor and inside the shower cubicle.

Showers over baths: shower walls, shower floor, inside the bath and below the shower head.

Zone 1 - Splash Zone

Baths: the vertical area from the rim of the bath, up to 2.5m above the floor.

Showers: from the top of the shower cubicle, up to 2.5m above the floor.

Showers over baths: 1.2m radius out from the shower head, up to 2.5m above the floor.

Zone 2 - Practical Territory

Baths: 0.6m outside the bath, up to 2.25m above the floor.

Showers: 0.6m outside the shower, up to 2.25m above the floor.

Showers over baths: 0.6m outside the zone 1 radius, up to 2.25m above the floor.

Sinks: 0.6m radius around the sink.

Zone 3 - Beyond the Boundaries 

All areas outside zones 0, 1 and 2

How many bathroom pendant lights do I need?

If you're lighting up your vanity, a single pendant to one side exudes elegance, while a hanging two pendants creates a sense of balance and symmetry. Remember, size plays a role. When choosing bathroom pendant lights for your vanity, select ones that are taller than they are wide. This design choice cleverly utilises the vertical space between the mirror and ceiling, while leaving ample room on the counter.

If your bathroom is generously sized, suspending a pendant light over the corner of your bath not only enhances the aesthetic but also evokes an instant resort spa feel.

What is the best height to hang bathroom pendant lights?

When looking at hanging bathroom pendant lighting, it's crucial to factor in its hanging height. If a pendant is hung too high, it can cast unpleasant shadows and result in harsh overhead lighting. To strike the perfect balance between functionality and style, aim to hang the bottom of your pendant at or slightly above eye level. This positioning creates a sweet spot where the light is most flattering. Additionally, keeping pendants close to the wall will prevent any accidental head bumps.

When it comes to spaces above a bathtub, it's essential to take Australian Standards (AS3000) into account. These regulations will determine if you have the space to hang them, and also what height they need to be hung.

Beating humidity

To keep natural fibre pendant lights looking their best, you'll need to make sure your bathroom has great ventilation. Nobody wants to deal with mouldy lights. If your bathroom mirror keeps getting foggy after showers, you should look for another material that can withstand the moisture and humidity in the bathroom environment. However, you can take some preventive measures to protect your natural fibre pendant lights. Make sure to wipe them down regularly with a dry cloth to remove any moisture or condensation that may accumulate on the surface.

It’s not all doom and gloom! If your bathroom has great ventilation and air flow, these natural fibre lights can transform your space into a soothing oasis. The gentle light makes your worries fade away, giving you a calm and peaceful place that combines the beauty of nature with great design.

If you’d like some help selecting the perfect lighting for your space, get in touch here – I’d love to help! Anna x

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