Modern bathrooms need electric power for a variety of functions but safety is a prime concern as water and electricity don’t mix well.
Water is a great conductor of electricity which can lead to dangerous electric shocks if the two come into contact. It is vital to make sure all the power in your bathroom is installed safely and correctly and meets all the UK regulations for electricity in the bathroom.
There are lots of bathroom essential items that require electric power including light fittings, towel rails and radiators, and even electric showers. There are a few simple steps you can take to manage electricity in the bathroom and ensure maximum safety:
Power sockets are not allowed in British bathrooms, except for shaver supply units, and even then they must be positioned more than three metres from the bathtub or shower cubicle to prevent any risk of splashing.
Avoid using extension cords or any portable appliances in the bathroom. If you do choose to use a hairdryer or plug-in radio then remember to unplug them after use and keep them well away from any aspect of your bathroom suite, such as the sink, bath, shower or toilet where they may get splashed or come into contact with water. If you need some musical accompaniment while singing in the shower then sealed, battery operated radios are available for specific bathroom use.
Install enclosed ceiling lights rather than pendant styles as this will protect the bulb unit from damp and steam. A pull cord instead of a light switch is the safest option. Make sure you also have sealed units for all other lights such as floor lights or mirror lights.
Electric showers are popular in bathrooms though it is always best to get one installed properly by an experienced electrician. They come in a sealed wall unit and have a number of benefits including a guaranteed powerful water flow and thermostatic temperature regulation.
Bathroom towel rails and radiators are usually part of the central heating but can also be powered electrically. It is wise to have a pull cord or switch outside the bathroom to turn it on and make sure the heating unit is installed at a safe distance from the bath or shower enclosure.
Power is essential in the bathroom but can be risky if it is not installed and managed correctly. Consult a professional before you change the lighting or heating to an electrical supply and don’t be afraid to consider the benefits of an electric shower in your shower enclosure. Read up on the UK power regulations before you decide to remodel your bathroom and make sure you are switched on to safety, and you can get creative with electricity in your bathroom design.