TP24 Interior Design Tips


Too many people position their downlights in a linear, ‘runway’ fashion if this will provide adequate lighting then that’s great,
however, for most situations, this will leave the home owner with dark spots, particularly over work areas. lt is important to plan the positioning of the lights exactly where you’ll need them, over the sink, over the counters and in the walkways. Even better, put these three lighting groups onto separate switches so you only end up using what you need to, when you need it.

Dining Lighting

Create a statement in your kitchen by fitting suspended lighting over your breal<fast bar or dining table. Don’t limit your space ro just one light, if the sPace can accommodate multiple fittings then using multiples of three and five are more aesthetically pleasing,

Living room lighting
ln a living room the lighting should only be noticed as part of the d6cor, not because it is overpowering. Lighting the whole room is not essential, layers of light will make your guests feel relaxed so use a mix of table and floor lamps along with ceiling and wall lights to create the mood you desire. Placing Floor lamps in the corner of a room will help to widen a small space.

Feature lighting
Lighting can turn an ordinary space into an extraordinary space. Statement lighting will always add a wow factor to any room, hung low over your dining table, or in a tall stairwell. Lighting is one ol if not the most important, factors in an interior design scheme. Consider all the different levels of lighting in the room from the ceiling pendants,wall lights and table/floor lamps.
lf you need a larger fitting but you still want full control of the light level, why not look at the ‘switchable’ fittings by tp24. These fittings have a built-in tiered switching system and worl< with greater efficiency than traditional dimming,yet they do not require a dimmer switch as the switching is in-built and controlled by a regular 2-way on/off switch.

Openplan lighting
When lighting an open plan roorn it’s best to let the lighting flow, continue through with similar or matching fittings, especially in a lounge-diner. Consider complementing your fixed lighting with matching floor and table lamps to pull off your look.
Look at the size of your room(s) before choosing your light fittlng(s). One of the biggest mistakes people make is not getting the size or quantity right. Consider the positions of the fittings, the number of arms required and the brightness of the lamps (bulbs). Many older houses had ceiling fittings positioned close to the windows does it need moving to a central point or do you need two lights instead of one for the size of the room?

TP24 Installation
A special quick-fit system has been designed and patented by tp24 that enables the installer to screw the special HSR ring straight )nto the existing threaded ceiling rose. lf you don’t have a ceiling rose, not to worry, flip it over and you can screw the HSR ;traight in. After wiring up, three secure grub screws then affix the light fitting to the HSR ring. Many of our customers are able 😮 install light fittings themselves simply by following the instructions supplied with each fitting. lf you are not confident with rlectrics then always hire an electrician.



Bathrom zones & IP ratings explained

Bathroom IP Zones Meaning

Bathrooms are considered to be a ‘special location’ for electrical installations because they have an increased risk of electric shock for the users, due to the proximity of water.


   The First Digit – Protection from objects

* 0 – no protection from foreign bodies;
* 1 – protected against solid objects greater than 50mm(e.g. accidental touch by hands);
* 2 – protected against solid objects up to 12mm(e.g. fingers);
* 3 – protected against solid objects greater than 2.5mm(e.g. tools and wires);
* 4 – protected against solid objects greater than 1mm(e.g. small tools and wires);
* 5 – protected against dust, limited ingress(e.g. no harmful deposit);
* 6 – totally protected against dust.


   The Second Digit – Protection from liquids

* 0 – no protection from liquids;
* 1 – protection against vertically falling drops of water(e.g. condensation);
* 2 – protection against direct sprays of water up to 15 degrees from vertical;
* 3 – protection against direct sprays of water up to 60 degrees from vertical;
* 4 – protection against water sprayed from all directions – limited ingress permitted;
* 5 – protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions – limited ingress permitted; * 6 – protected against high pressure jets of water (use on ship deck) – limited ingress permitted; * 7 – protected against the effects of immersion between 15cm and 1m;
* 8 – protected against long periods of immersion under pressure.


   Bathroom Zones Explained

Zone 0: the interior of the bathtub or shower basin.

Zone 1: the area around the bathtub or shower basin up to a height of 2.25m above the floor and at a radius of 1.2m from the water outlet.
Zone 2: is limited by the vertical planes external to zone 1 and parallel vertical plane (s) 0.60m external to zone 1.
Zone 3: is limited to the vertical plane(s) external to zone 2 and the parallel vertical plane(s) 2.40m external to zone 2.


   Which IP rating to use in bathroom zones

IP zoning * Zone 0 – Inside the bath or shower. Any fittings used here must be SELV (Separated Extra Low Voltage – max. 12Volts) and have a minimum rating of IPX7(IP67) (protected against immersion in water – total immersion proof);

* Zone 1 – Above the bath or shower to a height if 2.25m. A minimum rating of IPX4(IP44) is required. In this zone, if there is likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning purposes, a minimum of IPX5 is required. Also, subject to IP rating 230V luminaires may be used in this zone; if the fitting is 230 volts, a 30mA residual current device (RCD) must also be used to protect the circuit in this zone.

* Zone 2 – The area stretching to 0.6m outside the bath or shower and above the bath or shower if over 2.25m. An IP rating of at least IPX4(IP44) is required. In this zone, if there is likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning purposes, a minimum of IPX5 is required. Also, subject to IP rating, SELV or 230V luminaires may be used in this zone.

* Outside the zones – anywhere outside zones 0, 1, and 2. Where water jets are not to be used for cleaning purposes, the general rules of BS7671 apply. Here, there is no requirement for any lighting solutions to be protected against particles or solid objects, e.g. IPX4 – no IP rating required.