Thursday, 30 December 2010

2011, What Bathroom Mirrors to expect

2010 has been an interesting year for bathroom mirror releases. With some manufacturers finally realising the issues surrounding aspects such as false bathroom mirror activation with mis-placed sensor switches we have seen the end of some of the annoying issues arose by consumers with their bathroom mirrors. 2011 should see this trend continue with a healthy balance of both new and innovative bathroom mirrors as well as an overall improvement in bathroom mirror quality.

Things to look out for should include bathroom mirrors with greater LED light output as well as contemporary features such as bathroom mirrors with LED clocks displayed through the glass and LED radio features also coming through as well.

On the whole 2011 should be a good year for new and existing bathroom mirrors.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Battery operated bathroom mirrors

We are constantly being asked by our customers if a bathroom mirror is available that is powered by batteries. If your bathroom is already completed then sometimes it is not practical for power cables to be added once the walls are tiled. In this instance it is difficult to install an illuminated bathroom mirror. Up to now we have not seen a bathroom mirror that was powered by batteries however in the last few days we have been informed that we will soon have an LED bathroom mirror that will be controlled by a rechargeable battery pack. Would a bathroom mirror like this be of interest to anyone?

Friday, 10 December 2010

Demisting bathroom mirrors with halogen bulbs

A quick bathroom mirror tip for those thinking of purchasing a bathroom mirror that will keep 'fog free' when a shower is running. If your budget won't stretch to cover the cost of a bathroom mirror with a built in demister pad then think about purchasing a bathroom mirror that uses halogen bulbs and activate the mirror five minutes before you run the shower. The bulbs within the illuminated mirror will begin to warm the glass and although they wont heat it as much as a proper demister pad will, they will certainly clear some of the steam from your bathroom mirrors.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Bathroom mirror poll results create a positive mirror promotion

Feedback from consumers is always usefull and the results can help shape promotions. When we asked what aspect consumers most look for when purchasing a bathroom mirror we discovered a shaver socket was the biggest priority. With this in mind the Shore bathroom mirror has been selected for promotion throughout December.

Mirror review: The Shore bathroom mirror measures 600 x 450mm and is approximately 45mm deep. It has a slight bevelled edge mirror glass sitting on a metal construction back box. The backbox of this bathroom mirror screws directly to the wall and has inside all the electrical components and bulbs. The shaver socket is located on the side of the mirror and is permanently live allowing a toothbrush or razor to be charge through the bathroom mirror even with the lights turned off. Power to the lights is controlled through a pull switch located at the bottom of the mirror.

The Shore bathroom mirror promotion will continue throughout December

Monday, 6 December 2010

Bathroom Mirrors and Zones within a bathroom

Its always worth refreshing your knowledge of bathroom zones with regards to lighting and in our case bathroom mirrors. Every illuminated bathroom mirror you purchase will have an IP rating. This basically tells you how watertight the unit will be. Your bathroom is broken down in to zones that tell you where you can install your bathroom mirror dependent upon its IP rating. Inside the actual bathtub is Zone 0. Above the bath to the ceiling (up to 2.25 metres) is zone 1. Outside zone 1 up to 60cm is zone 2 and everything outside this is an outside zone with no rules regarding installation. Also an area within 60cm of the taps on your sink is also zone 2.

Most bathroom mirrors tend to be IP44 rated. In this instance you can install the mirror in zones 1 and 2 and all outside zones. (you wouldn't really want to install the bathroom mirror inside zone 0 as this is inside the bathtub which would be rather unusual). Sometimes a mirror may have an IP rating of IP21. Most cabinets are like this because they can be opened or maybe they have an exposed shaver socket. In this instance the bathroom mirror could only be installed inside Zone 2.

As with everything common sense also should play a part. For extra bathroom mirror guidance I have included the following picture to demonstrate the above described zonal system.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Bathroom Mirrors helping you save energy

Most manufacturers make a wide range of bathroom mirrors that vary in appearance and use. One thing that can differ between bathroom mirror models is the type of lamp used to create the illumination. Originally most bathroom mirrors used halogen lamps that would provide plenty of light but could use a large amount of energy.

This energy consumption problem was answered with the introduction of compact fluorescent lamps within bathroom mirrors making them much more energy efficient. There has however been a further improvement in the design and construction of bathroom mirrors with the introduction (around 2 years ago) of LED bathroom mirrors. This type of bathroom mirror tends to have strips of tiny LEDs built in to the unit instead of seperate bulbs that have a more compact and contemporary look about them. The great advantage of LEDs in bathroom mirrors is the lack of heat generated from the bulbs wasting less heat energy and halting potential damage to the bulb. As they are designed to last for thousands of hours they don't tend to require replacing (cutting down on further expense when replacing traditional bulbs) but the main advantage is the running costs where one LED can consume less than 0.1W.

As with everything there are some slight downsides with LED bathroom mirrors. As they are low wattage they can sometimes be quite stark and not provide enough light for specific tasks such as shaving and applying make-up

Click here to view a range of LED bathroom mirrors

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Movement sensor mirrors and false triggering

Some modern bathroom mirrors are activated by means of a sensor switch located somewhere on the mirror. This doesn't activate the switch by detecting your movement upon entering a room but actually turns the bathroom mirror on when a hand is passed closely in front of the sensor. This does have occasional drawbacks however where by an over-sensitive sensor switch can activate and deactivate the bathroom mirror if an activity occurs in front of the mirrors such as shaving or cleaning teeth. This can be incredibly frustrating for the user. Some bathroom mirror manufacturers have begun fitting the sensor switches below the mirror glass to eliminate this false triggering. It is always worth asking a bathroom mirror retailer how sensitive the sensor switch is on their mirrors to determine how suitable their products are for your own needs

Monday, 29 November 2010

Bathroom Mirrors with Shaver Sockets for Toothbrushes!

One thing that tends to be popular on bathroom mirrors is an integrated shaver socket. In fact I would go as far to say that this is the most important addition required when we poll our clients. Illuminated bathroom mirrors have been around for quite some time now and initially it was added for those who wished to plug their electric razors in to the mirror and have a shave.

Over the years, however, there has been a shift in the requirements of bathroom mirror users and demand has altered so that electric razors are no longer the primary device used in these units.

A new generation of consumers have begun charging their electric toothbrushes in these shaver sockets (sometimes leaving them plugged in to charge in the bathroom mirror overnight).

This has now truly taken the illuminated bathroom mirror with shaver socket out of the sole domain of the males of the home and opened it up to the whole of the family.

A complete range of bathroom mirrors with shaver sockets can be seen here

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Choosing an illuminated bathroom mirror dependent upon the light you require

Often when buying an illuminated bathroom mirror we look for certain aspects of the product that may be included such as a shaver socket or demister pad. These additions can be very desirable however we often fail to think about the actual light output that the mirror will project and how it can effect what purpose we bought the bathroom mirror in the first place.

Originally when illuminated mirrors were first produced they all seemed to fit the same design. Simple halogen or incandescent bulbs inside the mirror would produce a similar light. Modern bathroom mirrors come with a variety of different bulbs and one should consider which is best for the application required. Take for example an LED bathroom mirror looks very contemporary and can be quite bright however its not the best light for applying make-up or shaving in. An LED mirror may be more suited for someone who wants a mirror to look stylish but not actually that task led. Similarly mirrors with low energy tubes in are great for the energy conscious (if thats what you require) however the cold light they emit may not suit shaving. They do however emit a similar light to daylight so applying make-up in this kind of light may be good. Mirrors with halogen lights will emit a warm light similar to indoors in the evening so again if applying make-up for example the mirror will allow you to see how you may look in an indoor environment but not neccesarily give you a true impression of how you may look in natural daylight.

The point is you should consider what you need the mirror for before buying and base your decesions not only just on design and cost but also on actually lighting requirements.

Examples of different light types within our mirrors can be found on our website If a mirror states the bulb type as G4 or G9 then this is halogen. If it mentions CFL or has tubes inside it is low energy and if it mentions LEDs then this is an LED mirror.