IP ("Ingress Protection") ratings are defined in international standard EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989). They are used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical endosures against intrusion from foreign bodies (tools, dirt etc) and moisture.
The numbers that follow IP each have a specific meaning. The first indicates the degree of protection (of people) from moving parts, as well as the protection of enclosed equipment from foreign bodies. The second defines the protection level that the enclosure enjoys from various forms of moisture (drips, sprays, submersion etc). The tables below should help make sense of it.
Using electrical equipment in bathrooms or wet rooms has always needed care to ensure safety. The IEE Wiring Regulations (17th Edition) have identified zones within the bathroom to indicate what type of electrical equipment can be installed. The image below outlines these common zones within a standard bathroom.
Outside Zones —Anywhere outside zones 0, 1 and 2, where water jets are not used for cleaning purposes, the general rules of 0S7671 apply.
All Pebble Grey Mirrors and Cabinets that are rated IP44 are safe to use in zones 2 and above.
Warm White or Cool White?
When LED's (light-emitting diodes) were initially launched into the market, they emitted an almost blue colour which failed to convince many people of their viability as a solution to their domestic lighting requirements. As technology has advanced, LED's have become the most energy efficient lighting option and the standard choice throughout the market. They have also gained popularity through their cool and warm colour options.
Typically LED's are available as cool or warm, but what does this mean and which should you choose?
We use a measure called the Kelvin scale (k) to determine the temperature output of our lights.
Anything between 2500k - 3000k is considered warm, while anything between 4500k - 6500k emits a cooler temperature.
Warm white, as the title suggests provides an orange or yellow tone. Used throughout the house in most rooms, warm works particularly well with light colours and timber finishes.
Cool white produces a much brighter light and offers a modem look Cool shades combine well with bold or minimal themes.