The modern bathroom is home to many electrical appliances: washing machine, hair dryer, electric razor… And who hasn’t charged his phone or tablet in the bathroom? But the bathroom – a room with high humidity and corresponding electrical requirements, and this should not be forgotten. What should be considered when selecting and installing a socket in the bathroom? How to Make Electricity Safe in this Room?
Choosing and installing a bathroom socket
1. In accordance with the “Electrical Installations Regulations” in the bathroom it is safe to install electrical outlets at a distance of 60 cm from the bathtub or shower enclosure shutters, so the choice of installation location in a standard small bathroom is limited. Precautions are justified: the socket in no case should not get wet: splashing water on electrical installations can be deadly.
2. Each socket has its own degree of protection and moisture protection class. When buying electrics you should pay attention not only to its design, but also to the special marking. For damp rooms, the regulations define class 4, and the degree of protection is IP44. If your electrical system meets these requirements, you’ve made the right choice. Connect the socket should always be wired with a triple cable – must be present grounding, in a humid room is critical.
3. How to avoid splashing in a small area of the bathroom? The solution is simple: Choose a socket with a protective cover. There are many such models on the market today.
4. A much rarer design is the improved Schuko mechanism a receptacle fitted with protective earth contacts with protection against contact with conductive elements. The use of this type of outlets is highly recommended in bathrooms. For sophisticated buyers, Schuko manufacturers even offer a grounding support slide with zinc-magnesium electroplating, which ensures the material’s maximum resistance to corrosion.