At first glance, IP ratings may appear unremarkable, but getting to grips with them is essential when you’re shopping for bathroom lighting.
The letters ‘IP’ stand for ‘International Protection’ marking, or more commonly, ‘Ingress Protection’. This coding system indicates the level of protection provided against intrusion by objects and body parts, such as hands and fingers, as well as from dust and water.
Without a doubt, when you’re shopping for lighting that will be close to a water source, such as those found in a bathroom, shower room, wet room or steam room, the integrity of the lighting fixture’s mechanical casings and electrical enclosures couldn’t be more important.
The IP code is therefore present to give you more detailed information (and assurance) than the somewhat vague terms ‘waterproof’ and ‘water resistant’. All legal lights carry an IP rating, as even when they are untested to a specific rating they are deemed IP20.
Practically any purchase – from consumer electronics to automobiles – can be rated with IP, the highest of which is reserved for protection against high-pressure, high-temperature washes in all directions.
When it comes to bathroom lighting, the requisite IP rating is determined by measuring its proximity to a water source or receptacle.
The Light Yard are one of the UK’s only retailers specialising in IP44-rated pendant lighting for your bathroom. A dramatic ceiling light is beloved by interior designers, since it has the power to transform the a plain bathroom into a relaxing and romantic space.
Our matching bathroom wall lights are IP44-rated too, allowing you to create the look you want, with all the flexibility you need.
Our collections can help to transform your bathroom, making it much more than just a space for cleanliness. You'll create a personalised refuge designed to enrich your own sense of well-being.