Chandeliers are still very popular in bathrooms, but homeowners must make sure they buy the correct type of light fitting, says Melissa Davidson of The Lighting Warehouse.
Since the bathroom is a wet environment, the lighting must adhere to strict legal regulations. Any bathroom light fitting, whether a chandelier or not, should have a minimum IP44 rating, which ensures that the light is sealed and splashproof. Lighting is ranked by IP (Ingress Protection) ratings: the higher the IP rating, the more water-resistant the light fitting. If the light fitting is not IP44 rated, you will not be able to get a certificate of compliance from a qualified electrician if, for instance, you were to sell your house.