The Best Bathroom Lighting: Your Complete Guide

Transform your bathroom's ambience with our handpicked selection of lighting fixtures.
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Lighting for your bathroom must be able to withstand humidity, moisture and of course splashes of water from the shower or bath. However, as well as the light’s type, you also need to think about its placement because lights used in a bathroom need to have a certain IP range for the “zone” they are to be installed. Therefore, to ensure we cater for all requirements, our light recommendations are suitable for zone 2, ceilings and other zones.

To help you choose the right lighting for your bathroom, our hand-picked selection features top-performing lights chosen through our first-hand experience installing and using multiple types, testing and the latest research.

LE LED Bathroom Ceiling Light
Best Flush Mount: Lepro LED Bathroom Ceiling Light
Artbrite Flush Ceiling Light For Bathroom
Most Aesthetically Pleasing: Artbrite Flush Ceiling Light For Bathroom
Ding Lighting Pendant Light For Bathroom
Best Pendant: Ding Lighting 3 Way Round Light
MiniSun Adjustable Lighting For Bathroom
Best Pendant Runner-Up: MiniSun Polished Chrome Square Plate
BK Licht Recessed Bathroom Spotlights
Best Spotlights: BK Licht Recessed Bathroom Spotlights
Tomshine LED Bathroom Spotlights
Best Spotlight Runner-Up: Tomshine LED Bathroom Spotlights

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Bathroom Lights

Whilst renovating multiple properties, we often find that many homeowners install the wrong type of lighting in their bathrooms. Whether it’s a pendant light that has begun to rust on the outside from the humidity in the room or spotlights that have gathered moisture inside the light, we’ve certainly seen it all.

When it comes to replacing bathroom lights, we always use a suitable IP-rated light such as any of our recommendations listed above. In the images below are two of the most recent bathroom lights we’ve installed for testing and reviewing.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest bathroom lights (for this article), we are upgrading many of the lights we’ve previously installed in our bathrooms on a regular basis. Over the years, we’ve certainly seen an improvement in the quality of the lights as well as the inclusion of intuitive smart features.

As well as our testing and experience of installing multiple bathroom lights, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and a number of factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the type, IP rating, construction quality, design, supplied hardware, ease of installation, warranty and value for money.

The Best Bathroom Lights

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1. Best Flush Mount: Lepro LED Bathroom Ceiling Light

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By far the most popular lighting for bathroom use is by the Lepro brand with their IP54 waterproof ceiling light. It’s completely protected from moisture and water splashes and it’s the perfect option for most bathrooms.

In terms of the light output, the brand offers both a 15 or 24-watt light that’s able to output 1,250 or 2,500 Lumens. The more powerful light is the best option but it does come with a premium price tag.

Pros
  • IP54 waterproof rating
  • Choice of 1,250 or 2,500 Lumens output
  • Splash proof at any angle
  • Constructed of 240 LED’s
  • Easy to install and comes with instructions
  • Supplied with all the installation hardware
  • 120 degree beam angle
  • Backed by a three year warranty
Cons
  • Design/styling is very basic

To conclude, the Lepro Ceiling Light is the ultimate bathroom light that provides bright light output and is completely splashproof. If your budget allows, the 24-watt option ticks all the boxes and it won’t disappoint. The brand even offers a “smart” alternative that can be controlled via their dedicated app, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device too.

2. Most Aesthetically Pleasing: Artbrite Flush Ceiling Light For Bathroom

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An alternative to the Lepro bathroom light above is this flush ceiling light by the Artbrite brand. Although it isn’t as bright, it has a much more aesthetically pleasing design that’s ultra-thin for a more modern look and feel.

In terms of its specification, it’s rated at IP44 and is able to output 2,200 Lumens of light via the 92-piece LED.

Pros
  • Easy to install in three steps
  • Only 2.5 cm in thickness
  • Energy saving LED (18W)
  • Lifespan of up to 30,000 hours
Cons
  • Only rated at IP44, which is less than many similarly designed alternatives

To conclude, if you require a thin ceiling light for your bathroom to give it a modern look and feel, you can’t go wrong with the Artbrite light. It also offers great value for the money as well as a long lifespan too.

3. Best Pendant: Ding Lighting 3 Way Round Light

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The popular Ding Lighting pendant is a great option to consider because it’s ideal for bathroom use with an IP44 rating. In terms of its construction, it has a durable electroplated stainless steel design that resists oxidization and is backed by a 2-year warranty for peace of mind. In terms of adjustability, the lights can be rotated 320 degrees and adjusted vertically within 90 degrees to best suit your requirements.

Pros
  • IP44 rated for bathroom use
  • Supplied with GU10 bulbs
  • 3,000K warm white light output
  • Polished chrome finish
  • Backed by a two year warranty
Cons
  • Three way lighting may not direct light to all areas of your bathroom

Overall, the Ding Lighting Pendant is an excellent all-round option that looks great, produces excellent light output and offers great value for the money. The bayonet fitted GU10 bulbs can also be easily changed if the supplied bulbs aren’t up to your standards.

4. Best Pendant Runner-Up: MiniSun Polished Chrome Square Plate

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The MiniSun pendant light is a popular option that features 4-way lights that can be adjusted to direct the light where required. Unlike similar style lighting, the brand has specifically designed this light for bathroom use with an IP44 rating.

In terms of the bulbs used within these bathroom lights, the brand offers a choice of either warm or ice-cool white. However, you can buy it as a bare light and purchase your own GU10 bulbs if required.

Pros
  • IP44 rated
  • Compatible with GU10 bulbs
  • Adjustable spotlight heads
  • Modern chrome finish
  • Easy to install square mount
Cons
  • Most expensive within our roundup

Although expensive, the MiniSun bathroom lights are a high-quality option that won’t disappoint. The contemporary design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical because the spotlight heads can be easily adjusted to direct light to certain areas.

5. Best Spotlights: BK Licht Recessed Bathroom Spotlights

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Another set of bathroom lights by the BK Licht brand are their LED spotlights, which have an IP44 rating. They come in a pack of three with each spotlight having a brushed nickel effect and a built-in 5-watt LED module.

In terms of the spotlight installation, they require a ceiling cut out of 60 mm and a depth of 30 mm. Unlike other spotlights, these have no transformers, which means an easier installation and fewer things to go wrong.

Pros
  • Stylish brushed nickel design
  • Come in a pack of three
  • 400 Lumens output per spotlight
  • Desirable 3,000K colour temperature
  • Doesn’t require a transformer
  • Built-in 5 watt LED module
  • Life span of up to 20,000 hours
  • Low power consumption
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

If you require modern and easy to install lighting for your bathroom, the BK Licht spotlights are perfect. They are completely splashproof and provide a modern look and feel that complements any bathroom.

6. Best Spotlight Runner-Up: Tomshine LED Bathroom Spotlights

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Another pack of spotlights that are ideal for the bathroom but are more affordable are by the Tomshine brand. They come as a pack of six that have adjustable beam angles and an IP23 rating, which is more than ideal for the outside zones within a bathroom. The spotlights themselves use GU10 bulbs that provide a 500 Lumens output but these can be easily replaced if required.

Pros
  • 500 Lumens output
  • Desirable 3,000K temperature colour
  • Adjustable lighting angle (110 degree beam angle)
  • Supplied with a wire connection bxo
  • Installation requires no transformer
Cons
  • IP rating is only 22, which is much lower than most bathroom lights

To conclude, the Tomshine Spotlights are an excellent all-round option that combines performance with value for the money. Compared to the premium BK Licht alternatives above, they don’t provide as high of an IP rating. However, they are still more than ideal for most bathrooms and you get an additional three spotlights for the same price.

Conclusion

Unlike standard lights around your home, the lighting used within your bathroom needs to be able to withstand moisture and splashes of water. Therefore, when browsing through the various bathroom lights, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the IP rating. If there isn’t a rating stated, it’s likely that the light isn’t suitable for bathroom use.

All of our recommendations within our roundup are specifically designed to light up a bathroom and have an IP rating listed. However, if you wish to improve the lights, you can also purchase different bulbs that offer their own benefits such as the Philips Hue bulbs or even opt for a dedicated smart bathroom light that can be controlled via a smartphone app.

If you require further information regarding any of our bathroom light recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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