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Sauna lights: All you need for your sauna lighting

Sauna light creates a relaxing atmosphere and adds safety to the sauna. Nowadays, there is a wide range of lighting options, so choosing the right ones for your project can be challenging. You should follow some rules of thumb for the amount of light. Lighting is a vital mood creator.

However, the aesthetic part is essential, but the light is necessary from a safety standpoint.

Lighting needs may vary between bathers, and it's not only a matter of taste; a senior person requires twice the amount of light than a younger person. The most effective solution is installing a light dimmer to adjust the brightness precisely as desired.

The placement of sauna-led lights is one of the most critical decisions affecting the sauna's atmosphere. The main rule is to illuminate the sauna and not the bathers.
A combination of lights from the ceiling and benches can make the atmosphere more comfortable and relaxing. It would be best if you always used waterproof sauna lights. A sauna light fixture can fill your sauna with pleasant, soft light.
 

The final lighting choice of the sauna also depends on factors other than the quantity of light. For example, you shouldn't choose the same lighting for a hand-finished black sauna or a white sauna.

The white would feel too bright and the black too dark and dim. The wood color of the sauna is affected by the lighting choices.

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What is sauna light therapy?

Sauna light therapy restores balance and benefits the body by applying different light colors.

A few types of sauna light therapy use light in the visible spectrum; other kinds of light have different effects and benefits on the body.
The most common types are:

• Red & Infrared Light: A Sauna with red light therapy has a wide range of benefits and is one of the most popular ones; they target the mitochondria of the cells to boost cellular energy production, it is an effective treatment for aging skin, pain, and muscle recovery, among other benefits.

• Blue Light: It has been found to have an antimicrobial effect, making it a standard treatment for severe acne, and it's said to improve sun damage.

• Green Light: It helps reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines. It also evens complexion, balances out redness and imperfections for naturally beautiful skin.

• Violet Light: It helps increase cell regeneration, which helps to cleanse the skin and reduce inflammation.

• Orange Light: Revitalizes your skin for a brighter glow. Adds radiance and vitality to dry skin.

• Yellow Light: Helps reduce redness, alleviates inflammation,

sunburn, rosacea, or other skin conditions for healthier skin.

What lights to use in a sauna?

It is ideal to use heat-resistant lights to prevent accidents. If you like using a lot of water in your sauna, consider getting waterproof lights, so you don't have to change them as often. Sticking to older incandescent bulbs for a traditional sauna might be ideal for giving that warm, rustic glow.

The bad thing is that they tend to be harder to find nowadays and consume more electricity. Some high-end commercial saunas use fiber-optic lighting systems, but it's overkill for a personal sauna. Still, getting the light levels and, in turn, the ambiance in the sauna right is crucial to your sauna experience, so investing in a good light set is always a good idea.

Can LED lights be used in a sauna?

LED lights are more suitable for infrared saunas. They reach lower temperatures than a traditional sauna; that's why we don't recommend them as they may get too hot and damage the bulb.

Sauna LED lights are efficient when working in a junction temperature range between around 100°F and 140°F but are most efficient in a cooler environment like an infrared sauna.

Cedar infrared sauna with pink hue lights

Can I use candles in a sauna?

We don't recommend using regular candles inside the sauna; they will melt. The wax tends to flow and will get the benches dirty.
If you want to use candles in the sauna, place the candles on the lowest bench or the floor. Those are the coolest places in a sauna, so the candles are unlikely to melt.
Fire is always a risk, so there are safety aspects to consider before the romantic feeling. You can burn candles in a sauna but carefully.

A wood stove can quickly heat a large sauna, mainly if the sauna was recently used and there is residual heat. With the help of slow-burning hardwoods, you can keep the sauna stove running continuously at a low setting.

Ultimately, the choice of the correct type of sauna heater is yours. If you want the quick convenience of an electric sauna, or do you prefer the traditional experience of a wood-burning stove.

Where should lights be placed in a sauna?

Sauna lights can be placed on the ceiling, on walls, the floor; every location creates a different feel and atmosphere to the sauna. You install them randomly or in a set pattern.

Important: Don't install any sauna lights directly above the heater or stove, as this could cause damage to the sauna.

Inside of a big full cedar sauna with duckboard flooring

How do you install a sauna light?

Follow these easy steps to install a sauna light:

Step 1 - Choose the space for the sauna light.

After choosing the best placement for your sauna light, we will select the side of the wall for installation in this example.

We recommend a low wattage light that is not so bright; this will add to the sense of relaxation in the sauna. Mark the position for the box, which should be near the entryway. Always remember to put it far away from the heater. Place the sauna light bulb at about eye level.

Step 2 - Mark the Outline and Cut the Hole for the Junction Box 

Tip: It should be near a stud for securing the box properly. Using a drill, make a hole in the corner of your outline and finally cut it out with the jigsaw.

Step 3 - Run the Wires through the Wall  

Connect the wires at a junction box that is close to the sauna. Use wire nuts to connect them. Attach the wire to a wire fish through the wall until it reaches your chosen location inside the sauna 

Step 4 - Install the Junction Box  

Follow the instructions included in your junction box to install it. Contact your vendor if you have any specific doubts or questions.

Step 5 - Connect the Sauna Light to the wires.

Important: cut back the insulation from the power wires in the wall before connecting the wires together. Use wire nuts to make the connections.

 Step 6 - Install the sauna light onto the wall or space of choice  

Once you've made all the wire connections, proceed to install the light. Ensure that the vapor seal is around the junction box; otherwise, the moisture can get into the wires and affect their correct functioning. Screw the light housing onto the box, place the light bulb into the light, and finally snap on the sauna light cover.

 Step 7 - Make sure everything is functioning properly

All sauna lights come with a push-button to turn the light on/off. It should be working correctly. You can also enhance your sauna experience with other sauna accessories like a Himalayan Salt Scone.

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