How to Maximize Light in This Most Private Area
It is a known fact that a bathroom is every person’s private sanctuary, visited first thing in the morning and right before bed. What many homeowners do not realize, however, is that the bathroom’s ambiance – most importantly, the lighting – is what sets the mood for the day and then helps you relax in preparation for the night.
Incorporating Light in Bathroom Renovation
Are you wondering how to get the most light into your bathroom without compromising privacy? Consider incorporating any of the following elements into your upcoming bathroom remodel:
- All-white bathroom – Making white the chief color in your bathroom design, featured in everything from the walls to the bath and sink to the window treatments, instantly makes a room appear bright and airy.
- Tube skylight – Unlike a traditional skylight, a tube skylight is designed to transfer light from the roof directly to the bathroom. This offers a great source of natural light without creating a direct view into the private space below.
- Frosted glass – A large window would be an unfavorable decision for a bathroom, yet frosted or privacy glass makes incorporating this feature entirely possible. It allows a significant amount of natural light in yet keeps unwanted eyes out.
- Picture window – A picture window is placed high on the wall, letting in ample amounts of light without decreasing the bathroom’s level of privacy. Because it typically does not open, the location of this window causes no additional inconvenience.
- Faux French door – A French door is typically made of multiple panes of glass. Instead of glass, your bathroom door can be composed of a series of mirrors that disperse the natural light coming in through the window.
- Mirrors – Never underestimate the benefits of standalone mirrors! Strategically placed mirrors help disperse and enhance the bathroom’s natural light, instantly brightening the space.
What are Bathroom Lighting Zones?
When it comes to bathroom lighting, surprisingly few homeowners remember that traditional lights are powered by electricity – and electricity poses a serious threat when it comes into contact with water. For this reason, there are strict regulations regarding appropriate lighting for each area of the bathroom.
Bathroom lights are categorized by 3 zones and IP ratings. IP stands for Ingress Protection rating, which refers to the level of waterproofing built into the light fixture. If you are incorporating light fixtures into your bathroom remodel, remember to check for the following:
- Zone 0 – This area is inside of the bath or shower itself. If you choose to illuminate it, the lighting fixture must have a low voltage and an IP67 rating, i.e., completely immersion-proof.
- Zone 1 – This area encompasses everything directly above the bathtub or shower, to a height of 2.25m from the floor. A suitable lighting fixture will have a low voltage and an IP44 rating, i.e., protected from water spray on all sides.
- Zone 2 – This area encompasses 0.6m outside the perimeter of the bathtub, shower, and sink, to a height of 2.25m from the floor. Here, a minimum IP44 rating is also required.
- Zone 3 – Also known as the “outside zone,” this area is well away from all contact with water. With no IP rating restrictions, you have complete freedom to create your custom combination of electrical and natural light for a beautiful, well-lit bathroom.
Who Can Help with My Bathroom Remodeling in Toronto?
If you are looking to not only redesign your bathroom but maximize light in this most private space, we welcome you to contact us at Norseman Construction & Development today! Our team looks forward to helping you and your entire family love your bathroom like never before.