Bathrooms – Including Lighting

S.Trott Electrical Services are fully qualified to install all your bathroom electrical needs, from lighting to showers, Jacuzzi’s and hot tubs to televisions. Our professional and friendly service will ensure you get safely and correctly planned and installed electrical lighting and equipment to full British Standards of workmanship and safety.

How to turn your bathroom into a safe sanctuary…

NICEIE Bathroom Sanctuary Factsheet

Bathrooms are no longer simply functional washrooms.

Bathrooms are now seen as a showcase for a home or a relaxing sanctuary from busy family life.

Bathrooms are larger and better, with separate showers, oversized tubs, sauna rooms and even televisions.

Electrical equipment may be identified as having a certain level of mechanical and moisture protection. These are quoted as ‘Ingress Protection’ (or IP) numbers – such as ‘IPXY’ (where X and Y are numbers). The X shows the level of mechanical protection and Y shows the level of moisture protection. In both cases, the higher the number, the better the protection. If a piece of equipment does not have an IP number, it must not be used in a wet or damp environment.

As well as IP numbers, items may be classed as…

•  Protective Extra-Low Voltage (PELV)

– Item uses low voltage (connected to earth).

•  Separated Extra-Low Voltage (SELV)

– Item uses a low voltage system but the output is isolated from the input.

Bathroom Zones For the purposes of installing electrical equipment, a bathroom is divided into zones.

The criteria for each zone are based on the risk of electric shock. The zones relate to the IP rating of products and where they can be safely installed.

Zone 0:

Bath and shower interiors that can hold water. Require electrical products to be low voltage (max 12V) and rated IPX7.

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 should use safety extra low voltage (SELV) with the transformer located in zone 3 or beyond.

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.

Zone 3:

The area beyond zone 2, stretching 2.4m horizontally and up to 2.25m vertically. There is not a specified IP number for this zone, although some products are marked as not for bathroom use. SELV or shaver units are permitted, all other portable electrical equipment is not.

Standard electrical wall fittings (such as wall sockets, flexible cord outlets and fused switches etc) are not IP rated so cannot be installed within zones 0, 1 or 2. No standard socket outlets are allowed within 3m of the outer limit of zone 1, and any socket fitted would be on a RCD protected circuit  (as per above)

S.Trott Electrical Services will guide you through and safely install your electrical needs in your bathroom or wet room.

Call S.Trott Electrical Services today to discuss your needs.

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