Anyone reading the title of this would be well within their rights to be alarmed! Taken literally, it goes against one of the longest-held tenets about household safety, in that electric and water should always be kept as far apart as possible. Otherwise, well, little piffling things like death can result.
Ok, that was a bit of a dramatic start – of course, electric in the bathroom, when using properly regulated units and following the correct safety standards, can add serious function and not a little style to your suite. I must say here though, to avoid any possibility of legal action, that an electrician’s expertise should probably be sought whenever you look to put anything electrical in your bathroom. Unless you are an electrician, in which case, happy days.
Below are three simple ways in which a bit of current can put a spark into your bathroom. Actually, before we crack on, allow me to apologise for that terrible pun…
An electric shower is a great option in your bathroom. They are to all intents and purposes a glorified water heater, in that it brings up to temperature water from the mains system. These are recommended to people who are looking to conserve energy, as you actually only actually heat the water you use, and no more. This operation also means you avoid the irritation of having to twiddle with the taps yourself to get a mix for the right temperature.
Plus, if that particular horror strikes where the boiler decides to pack up – usually when you want to get ready for a wedding, a job interview or something else similarly important – you can still have a hot shower.
On the technical side, it can be frustrating putting together a shower kit, as a lot of the decisions can be dictated to you. This is perhaps most pertinent in terms of your water system, as some simply cannot support a thermostatic valve. Another thing I come across a lot is people whose system does not have the requisite pressure for a power shower. This can be remedied with pumps, but can still be annoying and costly.
This one is pretty much a stylistic thing, but there’s nothing wrong with that, is there? Now, a mirror is fairly useful in and of itself, but why not enliven it by getting an illuminated mirror? These have LED arrays fitted to the glass itself, meaning they are not just reflecting your no doubt delightful image but the bedizened lights too.
Electric mirrors also tend to have exciting added features provided by the power. For example, proximity sensors activate to allow for hands-free operation, while you can also have demister pads that heat the glass to the right temperature to defeat condensation.
The other nice little bonus with these units is that they make for elegant storage solutions. Instead of a separate cupboard, electric mirrors can neatly secrete away some of your bathroom bric-a-brac behind an attractive façade.
Bathrooms are one place where your ideas about trendy bathroom radiators should be combined with one other wish – get an electric radiator! These are useful all around the home but, for me, offer probably the best functionality in a bathroom.
This is because your bathroom will require some form of heat all year round, to dry towels and the like. In the dog days of summer, you will be able to activate your electric towel radiators or dual fuel rails in isolation, so you don’t have to have your whole system voraciously eating up energy. Pretty ingenious, and then on the flipside, you won’t become imprisoned in ice in your own bathroom when winter comes round. Perfect.