Bathroom lighting design is often overlooked. It’s an important space in our homes in terms of function, privacy and escape. With expert bathroom lighting, you will want to spend time pampering, restoring and relaxing in the bath. Kate & Sam’s extensive experience of hotel bathroom lighting can be used to maximum effect in residential schemes using bathroom wall lights, reflective mirror lights and flattering bathroom ceiling lights. Treat yourself to a luxury bathroom experience with professional advice.
Having made a career in architectural lighting design, Sam has worked alongside a number of leading practices from Imagination to NDYLight, WSP and more. Sam is an active member of the lighting community and regularly presents lectures and publishes articles around his areas of expertise.
Sam has worked with several leading practices and has dedicated his career to architectural lighting design. He is active within the lighting design community by presenting lectures and publishing articles.
Kate has worked on a number of lighting projects for a wide variety of live performance, architectural and artistic lighting designs since 1991. Fascinated by the way lighting can change our moods, Kate also loves to explore human behaviour with experimental lighting projects.
Kate is particularly fascinated by the mood altering effects of light and the deep connection to our senses. She is currently researching sleep patterns and optimising bedroom environments for both adults and children.
How much light do I need in my bathroom?
Bathrooms should be both practical and luxurious spaces where we can escape for a little alone time or feel energised before the day ahead. The three main functions of bathroom lighting are to wake you up as you prepare for the day – Bright, provide a light and airy space – Medium and finally a more subtle, spa-like lighting for relaxation and bathing – Low.
What IP rating do I need in the bathroom?
We all know that water and electricity are not a good combination. In the bathroom there are 3 different zones for ligts and electrics around the wet areas. Depending where the light is proposed different IP and power ratings apply.
These rules should only be taken as a guide and each instance needs to be assessed based on your lighting design. A qualified electrician will be able to advise on exactly what IP and power ratings are suitable.
What colour temperature of lighting is best in the bathroom?
We generally recommend a colour temperature of 3000K/2700K but some people prefer cooler colour of lighting, in any case what is important is the colour rendering or CRI. The colour rendering of the lighting needs to be CRI 90+. The lighting needs to make you feel and look good.
What lights can I put next to the sink?
This is a great place to make your bathroom feel like a luxury 5-star hotel. There are also now so many great wall light options suitable for the bathroom. Providing the lights are more than 60cm from the water then IP44 will generally be sufficient but this will need to re-confirmed by your electrician before installation.
What is the best mirror lighting?
The best mirror lighting will make you look and feel great. We generally recommend a colour temperature of 2700K but some people prefer a cooler white. The skin needs to look good. Lights needs to be at head height and bright enough to clearly see and inspect. Ideally the mirror lighting is on a dimmer allowing a bright setting for make-up and shaving and low setting for evenings and late.
“Kate was absolutely brilliant at coming in and designing a lighting plan that suited our space and practical requirements that delivered atmospheric layers and pockets enabling us to flexibly complement our interiors and design.”
“Excellent, practical advice that was simple and affordable to implement.”
“We have been working with Kate&Sam for many years now. They provide the expertise and technical knowledge, which bring our designs to life. Sam always goes the extra mile to ensure we receive the best lighting solution for our clients which provide maximum effect for the budget.”