The diagram shows a bathroom split into four clear zones. Meanings of some common ip ratings ip44.
Within 0 6m of the outside edge of the bath or shower.
Ip44 bathroom zones ip rating. Lights for zone 1 in this zone a minimum rating of ip54 is required but it is generally accepted that ip65 is to be used. It makes the room look better and they will have a higher resistance to steam. An ip rating of at least ipx4 ip44 is required.
Area immediately above the bath or shower tray. In this zone a minimum rating of ip44 is required. However when installing bathroom downlights we recommend installing all to at least ip44 or above so they match.
Most shower lights are rated at ip65. How to convert non ip44 lights for bathroom use. An ip44 will ensure that the fitting is protected against any spray.
A product that has a rating of ip44 means that it is protected against solid objects that are bigger than 1mm and water splashing from all directions. In these bathroom zones an ip rating of at least ip44 is required. Ip44 lighting is suitable for use in zone 2 and zone 3 outside zones in other words within 60cm from the edge of the bath and to a height of 2 25m from the floor.
For areas outside of these zones formally known as zone 3 normal rules apply and no ip rating is required. Electric heaters for use in zone 2 must have a rating of at least ipx4. Ip44 rating ip ratings consist of a two digit number which provides an ingress protection rating to determine the protection a product has from external elements such as water or dirt.
A product with an ip54 rating is protected against dust ingress sufficient to prevent the product from operating normally but it s not dust tight. The interior of the bath tub shower or basin. Each digit is individually ranked from 0 to 6 solid protection and 0 9 liquid protection with 0 being no protection.
Zone 2 in your bathroom encompasses all areas within 0 6m of the boundary of zone 1. Zone 1 bathroom lights can be used in the area above the bath to a height of 2 25m from the floor. In this zone if there is likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning purposes a minimum of ipx5 is required.
Zone 3 zone 3 is anywhere outside zones 0 1 and 2 subject to specific limits and where no water jet is likely to be used. In addition it is good practice to consider the area around a wash basin within a 60cm radius of any tap to be considered as zone 2. Any fitting used in this zone must be low voltage max 12v and be rated at least ip67 which is total immersion proof.
Your bathroom is split up into four different zones with different ratings required for each one. Note that inside a 60cm radius above a basin is also zone 2 and requires fittings rated as ip44 or higher. Also subject to ip rating selv or 240v luminaires may be used in this zone.
This is the area surrounding the outside of your bath and shower and can be a convenient place to situate a towel radiator. Zone 3 outside zone. 0 1 2 and 3.
Zone 0 bathroom lights are for the inside of the bath or shower itself. Light zone 1 is the area above the bath or shower to a height of 2 25m.